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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Welcome to the

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.

IAS 2019/20 Fellows and Projects announced

(27 February 2019)

2019/20 will see the second year of the IAS sponsored project framework, and builds upon the Institute's experience and the successful engagement between the IAS and colleagues across the university over the last year. The large majority (70%) of the 2019/20 Fellows have been nominated to collaborate on the four high quality, IAS-sponsored collaborative projects, led by Durham PIs

Our Fellows and projects each term are as follows:

October - December 2019

Mediation for the Twenty First Century: Connecting the Local and the Global
Investigators: Dr Catherine Turner (Durham Law School); Dr May Darwich (School of Government and International Affairs)
Martine Miller, Centre for Peace and Conflict
Johanna Poutanen, Crisis Management Initiative (CMI)
Dr Martin Waehlisch, United Nations

Antibacterial Clay Therapy
Investigators: Dr Gary Sharples (Biosciences); Dr Kimberley Jamie (Sociology)
Dr Elshan Abdullayev, Azerbaijan National Academy of Science
Professor Hailiang Dong, Miami University
Professor Kevin Rosso, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Free standing Fellows

Dr Lia Bryant, University of South Australia
Professor Andrea Halpern, Bucknell University
Professor Janet Hoek, University of Otago
Professor Jing-Bao Nie, University of Otago

 January - March 2020

Material imagination
Investigators: Professor Tiago Moreira (Sociology); Dr Margarita Staykova (Physics).
Alexandra Carr, independent visual artist
Dr Laura Forlano, Illinois Institute of Technology
Professor Torben Elgaard Jensen, Aalborg University
Professor Wilson Poon, University of Edinburgh
Dr Suzie Protiere, Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert, CNRS/Sorbonne Université


Science, society and environmental change in the first millennium CE
Investigators:Dr Helen Foxhall Forbes (History); Dr Karen Milek, (Archaeology)
Dr Caroline Petit, University of Warwick
Dr Anna Jones, Edge Hill University
Professor Miriam Stark, University of Hawai’i at Mnoa (May – June 2020)

Free standing Fellows
Professor Bronwen Neil, Macquarie University
Professor Nelson Padilla, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Full details about all four projects can be found here.