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

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...

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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.