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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.


Former IAS fellow wins Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

2014/15 former IAS Fellow, Dr Nathan Citino (Rice University), has been awarded the Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize, which rewards distinguished scholarship in the history of American foreign relations, broadly defined, for his 2017, Envisioning the Arab Future: Modernization in U.S.-Arab Relations, 1945-1967 (Cambridge University Press). In his book, Dr Citino weaves together the histories of U.S.-Arab relations, modernization and development, and the global Cold War while advancing bold new arguments about each of these subjects.

(20 Jul 2018) » More about Former IAS fellow wins Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

New edited volume by former IAS Fellow Barbara Risman

With fellow editors Carissa Froyum and William J Scarborough, The Handbook of the Sociology of Gender (2018, Springer) provides a comprehensive view of the field of the sociology of gender. It presents the most important theories about gender and methods used to study gender, as well as extensive coverage of the latest research on gender in the most important areas of social life, including gendered bodies, sexuality, carework, paid labor, social movements, incarceration, migration, gendered violence, and others.


(9 Jul 2018)

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