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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.


The Institute of Advanced Study welcomes its Michaelmas Term Fellows

(1 October 2017)

The Institute of Advanced Study is delighted to welcome its first cohort of Fellows connected with its 2017/18 Structure year. Building on its capacity to attract leading international scholars, the IAS is hosting a range of researchers from the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. 


Fellows this term include, among others, literary scholar Professor Tiziana de Rogatis (Siena) whose recent research focuses on the theme of female identity investigated through the comparison between classical myth and contemporary Italian, European and North American literature; Dr Tom Murray (Macquarie University) whose research interests concern the capacity of screen media to open new ways of understanding cross-cultural environments, the aesthetic and narrative structures of storytelling; Professor of Psychology, Bill Thompson also from Macquarie University whose interdisciplinary research is at the intersection between music, language, emotion, and cognition. His current research is focused on understanding the role of music for atypical and outlier communities, including individuals with neurological impairment, and diaspora populations; Professor of Education, Dennis Beach from the University of Gothenburg, whose research interests lie within ethnography and the sociology and politics of education and teacher education; and geographer Dr Kathryn Yusoff from Queen Mary University of London. Her research interests include critical theory and environmental change, feminist philosophy, political aesthetics, and extraction.

Whilst at Durham, the Fellows will be engaging and collaborating with Durham colleagues on a number of different interdisciplinary Durham-led projects connected to the IAS’s annual theme, Structure, and delivering seminars and public lectures, as well as engaging with their College. Further details of all the programmes of work being taken forward during 2017/18 and details of this term’s IAS Fellows and how to contact them can be found by visiting the IAS website.