Welcome to the Institute of Advanced Study

Durham’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) is a home for growing 
big ideas. We support, promote and grow new and creative interdisciplinary ideas that transform our perspectives in challenging and provocative ways. We provide time, space, and resources to exchange and integrate ideas, knowledge and skills. We are a home to an inclusive, diverse and supportive community of scholars from Durham University and across the world.

Latest news

IAS Director takes on new President role

IAS Director takes on new President role

The IAS is delighted to share the wonderful news that the Director of the Institute, Professor Alex Easton, has been elected as the next president of the European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS). Alex has led the IAS since 2021 and under his leadership has taken...

Sir Harry Evans Fellow scoops Pulitzer Prize

Sir Harry Evans Fellow scoops Pulitzer Prize

Durham University's first Sir Harry Evans Fellow, Waylon Cunningham, is part of a Reuters reporting team to win a Pulitzer Prize - the most prestigious awards in journalism. Waylon, from Texas, was the inaugural recipient of the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship in...

Current projects 2023/24

Each year, the IAS supports ambitious and adventurous interdisciplinary projects tackling major research questions. 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.

Learn more about our current projects by following the links below.

Exploring 'Offence' as a phenomenon and the challenges for society in attempting to regulate offensive speech and behaviour

Investigating the colonisation of the classical past by a spectrum of political forces, with a particular focus on neo-Nazi and white-supremacist groups in Europe and the UK

An interdisciplinary examination of potential and actual sources of injustice within surveillance-cum-recognition and automated decision-making technologies and the DNNs which are their foundation

Walking as research can allow us to interrogate the past, critique the present, and imagine the future(Research Development Project)

Can displaced communities renew a sense of ownership over their tangible cultural heritage and assert their agency over its use? This project grapples with this challenge and devises new ways to address it

This project will examine the interconnections between neurodivergence, mental health and physical health

This project brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to explore the role of archives in decolonising teaching and learning

A cross-faculty interdisciplinary forum to develop a research network under the broad theme ‘Pedagogies of Dispossession’, which approaches ‘South Asia’ from a new frame beyond the usual ethno-nationalist understandings.

An interdisciplinary project examining managers' experiences when working alone

Conversations about delivering human-centred techniques and tools to help stakeholders explore the horizons of possibilities and to define an envelope of acceptability for AI-based Software Responsibility focusing on legal aspects

This project brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to explore the role of archives in decolonising teaching and learning


Recent publications

Recent articles, books, chapters and reports from our IAS Fellows.

Fellows' publications

Publications begun or published during IAS Fellowships.

Post-fellowship outputs

Publications catalysed by research conducted during IAS Fellowships.

Insights e-journal

The journal which captured the ideas and work-in-progress of Fellows who visited the IAS during its thematic framework (from 2006 – 2017)

Transformations newsletter

Browse previous editions of Transformations, the official newsletter of IAS Durham.