In 2018 York launched a major new research centre, the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC). It is an ambitious research and teaching centre, committeed to improving policy and livelihoods, investing in the future generations of students through innovative teaching programmes and supporting York’s first class research base

The IGDC conducts research that promotes the needs of the most vulnerable groups in society. Through the Centre, York is supporting citizenship for global development through our teaching programmes and student placements, and through our commitment to research for the benefit of communities and disadvantaged social groups. Led by the Departments of Politics, Environment and History, the IGDC works across and beyond the University to collaborate with partners worldwide to create new interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to tackle global challenges. Its research is truly diverse, bringing together many other departments including Archaeology, the York Management School, Biology, the Centre for Applied Human Rights, Language and Linguistics, the Centre for Health Economics, Theatre, Film and Television, Education, the York Law School, Chemistry, Computer Science, Social Policy and Social Work, the Stockholm Environment Institute and Health Sciences. Cross-cutting research themes include gender, activism and leadership in developing countries.

The Centre is also enabling stronger partnerships with international organisations, for example ActionAid, Oxfam and UNICEF, and research institutions, through research and partnerships for global equitable futures, particularly in relation to governance, global health, conflict, livelihoods and environmental risk.


The IGDC will begin offering teaching programmes from 2019 onwards, starting with a PhD in Global Sustainable Development. An exciting undergraduate and master’s level teaching programme is planned to follow. This will place York in an elite group of UK and European universities that are home to both a research centre and teaching provision in this increasingly important area.


The IGDC Career Development Network (CDN) is a dynamic group of York’s early career researchers with a shared interest in global development. An integral component of the IGDC, the members of the group have strengths drawn from across their broad range of academic backgrounds, and have experience of working with NGOs and development organisations worldwide. The IGDC CDN exists to promote knowledge exchange with other academics, researchers and students interested in global development by organising and participating in Centre events.


The Centre provides a sustainable Universitywide hub for all international development related research, with the capacity to liaise closely with researchers and research centres from across all Faculties. Its research is guided by principles of social justice, fairness and environmental sustainability. Its academics work with partners across the world, and across rural and urban environments. Interdisciplinarity is at the heart of all their work, and research is focused on the links between socio-economic change and environmental challenges, recognising the significance of cultural and political constraints in meeting development challenges. The IGDC’s interdisciplinary and international approach is aligned with the University of York’s Research Strategy and aims to harness funds from the Global Challenges Research Fund in order to contribute to delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.