SOAS University of London

London International Development Centre

London International Development Centre (LIDC)


LIDC is a consortium of seven University of London institutions shaping the future of international development. We represent over 4,000 staff and post-graduate students from our core members: the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, SOAS University of London, UCL Institute of Education and our associate members: City, University of London, Birkbeck Geography Department and Queen Mary University of London. Our mission is to harness the expertise of our members to provide ‘new knowledge’ solutions to the complex challenges impacting the world’s most vulnerable citizens. We accelerate the impact and reach of this work via our extensive and long-standing networks of partners from civil society organisations, governments and the commercial sector, to non-profits and the communities themselves.

LIDC aims to:

  • Create opportunities and skills for interdisciplinary collaboration amongst academics and postgraduate students and in the broader development community.
  • Facilitate development and funding of interdisciplinary research programmes which generate published research outputs of high international significance and impact.
  • Improve international development policy and practice by facilitating academic engagement with governments, civil society, the private sector and international organisations.
  • Facilitate the design and delivery of new learning and training activities which support interdisciplinary approaches to global development challenges.
  • Build effective and equitable international, interdisciplinary partnerships in research, training and related activities.

Research themes

LIDC focuses on the following research themes:

  • Climate
  • Education
  • Food
  • Health
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Migration

Our cross-cutting research areas are:

  • Impact
  • Innovation
  • Risk
  • Resilience

SOAS’ participation in LIDC

SOAS’ staff, students and alumni attend and participate in many LIDC initiatives and events. Professor Bahavani Shankar is one of the Co-Investigators on the UKRI GCRF Action against Stunting Hub, a £19.75 million investment by the UK government to alleviate child stunting, globally. Furthermore Professor Laura Hammond, SOAS, is the Principal Investigator on the LIDC Migration Leadership Team, which is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop a shared and participatory global strategy for identifying and supporting migration research.

SOAS staff have taken part in a wide range of cross-College workshops and events including the recent LIDC GCRF Networking Workshop. LIDC’s regular podcast Development Matters is also recorded at SOAS Radio.

Postgraduate students and alumni are eligible to apply for the international development and communications internship at LIDC. Many SOAS students and graduates have already completed an LIDC internship.

Sign up here to become an LIDC member.


Once a month, LIDC distributes customised newsletters for its student and alumni members, and staff and professional services members.

Visit LIDC’s website for upcoming events in international development, information on research funding, and engaging blog posts. You can also follow LIDC on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information please visit or contact Sarah Hambly, Communications and Public Engagement Manager at LIDC, by email