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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Welcome to the Institute of Advanced Study

Transforming The Way We Think

The Institute of Advanced Study is a prestigious, ideas-based Institute with global reach. We bring together world-leading researchers from all disciplines to work with Durham colleagues on collaborative projects of major intellectual, scientific, political and practical significance. At least twenty visiting IAS Fellows join us in Durham each year to work with Durham scholars to spark new investigations, set tomorrow's agenda and participate in a varied programme of activities.

Each year, the IAS supports four ambitious interdisciplinary projects tackling major research questions. Leading researchers from around the globe join Durham colleagues in collaborative teams to develop ground-breaking ideas, explore interdisciplinary synergies and develop new programmes of research.

The Institute also serves as a top-level forum, enabling key-decision makers and experts to discuss pressing policy problems in an intellectually stimulating and unrestricted manner. We put on a wide range of public lectures and other events. There are also opportunities for postgraduates and other early career researchers to get involved.

The IAS aims to build research capacity, realise potential, and meet the challenges of a changing world. There are many ways to participate in the life and work of the institute. We warmly welcome your involvement.


Book published by former IAS Fellow, Professor Nigel Rapport

Professor Nigel Rapport (University of St Andrews), an IAS Fellow January-March 2018, has published his latest book, Cosmopolitan Love and Individuality (Lexington), which proposes love as a kind of civic virtue: that ‘loving recognition’ might function as a universal form of ethical engagement and inclusion. Full details can be located here.

(21 Feb 2019)

Michael O’Neill (1953-2018)

It is with great sadness that the Institute of Advanced Study reports the death of Michael O’Neill.  Professor O’Neill played a key role in establishing the IAS in 2005, and then ensured its continuing success as a co-Director for Arts & Humanities until 2011, and as Acting Executive Director between January 2011 and July 2012.  Durham has a great deal to thank Michael for in this regard. Due in part to Michael’s vision, the IAS is the envy of many other universities around the World. Michael recognised the importance of an institute that genuinely spans all disciplines, and the IAS is still one of the few that does this, attracting more than 240 eminent visiting fellows to participate in its intellectual endeavours. Michael was a brilliant scholar who displayed his erudition with warmth and humility. He will be sorely missed by all connected to the IAS.

For more on Michael’s intellectual contributions, please see:

(8 Jan 2019)

Monday 25 February 2019

Tuesday 26 February 2019