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Our Colleges

The University of London's Bloomsbury Colleges (Birkbeck, UCL Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, SOAS) all have strong individual reputations in international development. LIDC brings their strengths together, building new research and training collaborations between Colleges and with partner institutions in support of international development. What makes LIDC distinctive among international development centres is the breadth and depth of its scholarship relevant to international development, and its capacity to integrate research and education across a range of sectors and across the natural, biomedical and social sciences, to address development challenges.

Please note that as of July 2012 The School of Pharmacy is no longer a member of the Bloomsbury Consortium of Colleges. At the moment, LIDC does not accept new members from The School of Pharmacy.


Birkbeck is London’s only specialist provider of flexible part-time higher education. As such, it has built a substantial reputation for training development professionals from civil society and other sectors. Birkbeck’s Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies (GEDS) works on a range of international development issues, from childhood studies to geographic information systems. Development-related research is also undertaken in other Birkbeck Departments in areas including law, history, sociology, biology and business. LIDC hosted a group of Birkbeck academics until 2012.

UCL Institute of Eductation

The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is one of the world’s premier schools of education - a specialised graduate teacher training college and an education research institution. LIDC hosts IOE’s Development Education Research Centre (DERC), which aims to embed development education within mainstream education policy and research and ensure its long-term policy impact. In 2009-12, DERC led the Students as Global Citizens development awareness project in partnership with LIDC, UCL Medical School, Royal Veterinary College and School of Pharmacy.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is Britain’s national school of public health and a centre for research and postgraduate education in global health. LSHTM has a strong mix of natural and social scientists working in international development areas and distributed across Faculties of Public Health and Policy; Epidemiology and Population Health; and Infectious and Tropical Diseases. LSHTM supports LIDC’s administrative systems (IT, HR, finance) and manages the LIDC building. LIDC hosted the London office of Policy Cures (an independent group providing research and analytical tools for the creation of new pharmaceuticals for neglected diseases) on behalf of LSHTM until early 2013.

Royal Veterinary College

Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is one of the world's leading specialist veterinary institutions. It has a strong research programme in the biology and control of diseases that threaten animal health and production in developing countries, which is complemented by expertise in livestock economics and wildlife disease. RVC’s Centre for Emerging, Endemic and Exotic Diseases has a particular focus in zoonotic disease risk, linking animal and human health.

SOAS, University of London

SOAS is the only higher education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. It has strong and unique development research focus particularly in its Departments of Economics; Development Studies, Law; Anthropology; Politics; and Financial and Management Studies. The SOAS Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CEDEP) is based at LIDC, which also hosts the Royal African Society (RAS) on behalf of SOAS.