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Sussex Research Group Campaigning For Fairer World Ranked International No. 1

Institute of Development Studies on the campus of the University of Brighton

The Institute of Development Studies, in partnership with the University of Sussex, has just been ranked first in the world for Development Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

It is the eighth consecutive year that Sussex has taken the top spot for the subject area.

Leaders of IDS, which is a registered charity, said it reflects their own and the University of Sussex’s international reputation for excellence.

It also is a comment on what they called "the strength of teaching and research relationships between Sussex, IDS and partners across the globe."

The IDS, which is independent but based on the University of Sussex campus at Falmer, names its aims as wanting a "more equitable and sustainable world" where people can live "free from poverty and injustice".

Professor Sasha Roseneil, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sussex, said:

IDS promotional film

"It is a huge achievement for Sussex to have been once again ranked first in the world for Development Studies, alongside our partners at the Institute of Development Studies.

"To be recognised for the eighth year in a row is testament to our dedicated and talented academic staff and of our international research partners.

"At Sussex, we are deeply committed to making a positive contribution to the whole world through both our research and education.

"Nowhere is that more visible than in Development Studies, where our staff, students and alumni community are working on understanding and tackling urgent global challenges and inequalities.

"The ranking also reflects our profoundly international outlook – which Sussex has had since its founding years – and which we continue to celebrate and extend."

According to the institute, it provides the opportunity to learn collaboratively with researchers and activists at the forefront of international development.

Development Studies teaching and research on the Sussex campus, where IDS is based, is delivered across academic schools at the University including the Schools of Global Studies, Education and Social Work, Media, Arts and Humanities and the University of Sussex Business School, as well as in partnership with IDS.

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