Welcome to the Institute of Advanced Study

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Durham 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.

Latest news

Professor Alan J. Daly lecture on 1st December moves online only

Professor Alan J. Daly lecture on 1st December moves online only

Professor Alan Daly's IAS public lecture, 'Better Together: creating and nurturing social networks for leveraging educational change',  which had been due to be given in person at St Cuthbert’s Society on Wed 1st December, will now take place online only and live via...

Current projects

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


Developing new practices for fusing scientific and artistic invocation and explanation of Arctic environments.

Identifying the opportunities, challenges and barriers to creating a sustainable space industry.

Developing methods to automate the processes involved in a literature review.


Exploring how ideas of extended cognition can seek to explain memory at an individual level.

Exploring the social and cultural capital that might be accessed by advantaged and disadvantaged children.


Upcoming events


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.