Our Work


LIDC was established in 2007 with a grant of £3.7m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and it now has more than 3,000 staff, students and alumni members from its constituent Colleges. More

What we do

LIDC develops interdisciplinary research and training programmes to address complex international development challenges. Addressing these challenges effectively often requires working across sectors, such as education and health, or between disciplines, such as sociology and economics. With partner institutions in low and middle income countries, LIDC builds initiatives on such subjects as climate change, HIV/ AIDS, migration, and emerging diseases.
What is interdisciplinary research?

Working across Bloomsbury Colleges

LIDC’s constituent Colleges are Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College, School of Oriental and African Studies (The School of Pharmacy was a member until July 2012, when it left the Bloomsbury Consortium of Colleges following its merge with UCL). Collectively, these specialist Colleges have enormous depth of development-related research and training in education, health, agriculture, environment, law and business sectors, with disciplinary expertise ranging from clinical and veterinary medicine to economics, anthropology, sociology, and history. More about Bloomsbury Colleges

New approaches towards international development

 LIDC aims to:

  • Develop high-quality interdisciplinary research between Bloomsbury Colleges and with their research partners.
  • Develop new and innovative teaching programmes to support development professionals.
  • Inform national and international policies on development through linking research, policy and practice.
  • Build partnerships in low and middle income countries to address the needs of higher education and research institutions, NGOs and governments.


LIDC benefits from many long-standing partnerships between its constituent Colleges and institutions in developing countries. LIDC has forged its own partnerships with the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) as well as with other organisations working in international development or interdisciplinary research.

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