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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.

We also have a recently-revised vision and purpose statements as follows:

Our Vision

IGDC is a learning and research community at the University of York for equitable global development. Our approach recognises that development challenges are most effectively addressed by working across academic disciplines and through inclusive partnerships. We want our research to improve the lives of future generations everywhere and transform development policy. We equip our students and researchers to become responsible and engaged global citizens. We collaborate with our global partners and work with local communities to create a just and sustainable world.

Our Purpose

We offer interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes in global development and undertake interdisciplinary research to promote global justice and development. We encourage students from across the world to study and work with us. We facilitate collaboration among academics from the humanities and social and natural sciences, within the University of York and globally. Our approaches to learning and research are underpinned by our core values of inclusivity, responsibility, integrity and sustainability.


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











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!

Contact us

Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre
01904 323716
Department of Politics, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK