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About the IGDC

Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC), a major new interdisciplinary centre for research, teaching and partnership for global development based at the University of York. Led by the Departments of Politics, Environment and Geography, 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.


Our vision is to promote interdisciplinary research and engagement that contribute to a transformative agenda that is equitable, fair and sustainable, and places people and environment at the centre of policy responses to global development.


The strength of the IGDC lies in our core values and we strive to apply these to all that we do:

Developing a transformative agenda through an interdisciplinary approach
Placing people and the environment at the heart of development
Ensuring our actions, research and teaching are ethical and promote inclusive and sustainable futures
Promoting the needs of the most vulnerable or disadvantaged groups in society

What we do

The IGDC conducts interdisciplinary research that will feed into policymaking at all levels - international, regional, national and local – and promote the needs of the most vulnerable groups in society. We support 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. Thank you for visiting the IGDC website. We invite you to get in touch with us directly through our newsletter or on twitter (York_IGDC). We look forward to hearing from you!

Jean Grugel (Director)
Henrice Altink (Co-director)
Piran White (Co-director)

Contact us

Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre
01904 321042
Department of Politics, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK