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Our Research

We group our research around the following areas based on IGDC membership expertise:

  • Social Justice
  • Global Health
  • Sustainable Environments

These areas link the University of York's research themes Health and Wellbeing, Environmental Sustainability and Resilience and Justice and Equality.

Our research is guided by principles of social justice, fairness and environmental sustainability. We work across the world, including Africa, South America and Asia. Our research spans the rural and urban, and from the mountains to the coast. We work with partners across the global South, and in the UK and Europe. Interdisciplinarity is at the heart of all our work, and we emphasise the links between socio-economic change and environmental challenges and solutions. We recognise the significance of cultural and political constraints and opportunities in meeting all development challenges.

The IGDC’s interdisciplinary and international approach ties in 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 Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals - a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.

Urbanisation and Health Network

The Urbanisation and Health Network is funded by the Research Centre for Social Sciences and is led by Dr Helen Elsey and Dr Jo Rose. Network members lead a variety of projects that look at urbanisation and health from different disciplinary perspectives, from the physical sciences and chemistry of pollution, the wider social determinants and social science of health inequities, urban governance, policy and health systems through to impacts on health risk factors and outcomes.

Career Development Network

The IGDC Career Development Network (CDN) are a dynamic group of early career researchers from across the university with a shared interest in global development. An integral component of the IGDC network, the group have strengths stemming from their broad range of academic backgrounds and 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.

If you are interested in joining the IGDC CDN, partnering with them or staying in touch with their activities please email

Contact us

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