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

Journalism in a Post-truth World

Social media, AI and 'fake news' are among the many challenges facing journalism today. Ahead of an IAS and South College expert panel event on 5th March (2.30pm) to discuss the future for journalism with Bridget Kendall, Jo Adetunji, Monica Grady and Ian O'Flynn, our...

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Current projects

Representing memory

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

Quantifying global risk

Determining options available to the airline industry in the face of volcanic ash incidents.

Landscapes of rights

Examining the negotiation of rights around common resources.

Threshold worlds

An interdisciplinary project on dreams, narrative and liminal cognition.