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Institute of Advanced Study


The Institute of Advanced Study is (amongst other things) an incubator for world class ideas and a catalyst for interdisciplinary research, within and beyond Durham University. The Institute does not hold grants or employ research staff: these conventional benchmarks of success belong to the individuals and departments which connect to and pass through the IAS ‘hub'.

The Institute's crucial role is to attract Fellows of the highest calibre to carry out their research at Durham and to work with Durham colleagues on collaborative projects. It also provides essential seed-corn funding for a wide range of inter- and intra- disciplinary research initiatives, which in turn inspire high-level publications, grant applications, research capacity building, policy engagement, and the formation of new research networks.

The Institute requires its Fellows to make appropriate acknowledgements to the IAS at Durham University in publications arising from, or inspired by, their connection with the Institute. We also request that, wherever possible, copies of such publications are sent to the IAS so that they can remain on permanent record in the Fellows' lounge in Cosin's Hall. And every new Fellowship results in a short paper for Insights - a web-based publication that captures some of the cutting edge ideas nurtured by the individuals and activities brought together by IAS.

Recent Publications

Recent Publications

For details of publications attributed in whole or in part to an IAS Fellowship or an IAS sponsored event, please follow the links below:-

Transforming The Way We Think

Transforming the Way We Think is the Institute of Advanced Study's celebrationary book and its decade of interdisciplinarity. Download here.

To request a hard copy of the book please complete this online order form.