Welcome to the Institute of Advanced Study

Durham’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) is a home for growing big ideas.  We support a broad and inclusive interdisciplinary community from across the full spectrum of Durham academics, where different perspectives are brought together to develop creative approaches to interesting and important problems.   We welcome world-leading researchers to Durham, providing the time and space to work on projects and build future collaborations.

Latest news

Issue 9 of the IAS newsletter, Transformations, is out now

Issue 9 of the IAS newsletter, Transformations, is out now

Our latest edition of the IAS Newsletter, Transformations, is out now. Issue 9 features updates from recent and past IAS Fellows, forthcoming projects, research developments, events and much more. Keep up to update each term, and subscribe now.

Strengthening Connections

Strengthening Connections

Strengthened connections with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras Earlier last term, the University signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. The IAS has long-standing connections with the Memory Studies group...

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.

Current projects 2022/23

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.

Casting fresh analytical light on the politics of credibility that underpin asylum determination regimes in the UK and Europe. (Major Project)

Examining the biological, physical and social impacts of pollution on micro- organisms, plants, animals and human stakeholders in the North East. (Major Project)

Focusing on the issues that arise due to young people’s participation in image-rich, real-time digital spaces. (Major Project)


This project  will pose these deeper questions around the development of machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI) and related data sciences, cutting across the natural and social sciences, in a series of five, hour-long “fireside chats” at IAS. (Development Project)

A series of workshops seeking to build on existing synergies emerging from discussion within the BAME network on the absence/presence of Durham’s ‘black’ history, and to contribute to decolonisation debates. (Development Project

This project aims to create dialogue between scholars working in discrete fields of politics and everyday emotions, and to consolidate a critical mass at DU working in the field of ‘feeling political’ (intimacies, politics  and everyday life) and build research capacity. (Development Project)


To increase interdisciplinary capacity and shape future funding priorities (Development Project)

A series of workshop to explore and build ideas at the intersections of scientific evidence, media reporting, and their influence on public policies and behaviour (Development Project

Exploiting critical mass at Durham around the interplay of cognitive and cultural evolution, to extend its international reach and to develop wider connections, spanning many disciplines, with the ultimate goal of generating large-scale research programmes and funding. (Development Project)