The Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) is to be launched by the University of Sheffield on April 24 at Sheffield City Hall. The institute will be a flagship research centre that will work in collaboration with Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and partners from across the world and provide training and research practice for students from the University.

SIID is led by Professor Jean Grugel, Head of the Department of Geography at Sheffield, who has a distinguished record of research on democratization, human rights and global governance.

Professor Jean Grugel today said “I’m thrilled to be leading SIID. The Institute will deliver an improved understanding of International Development practices and policy, in the UK and internationally. International development is of course about growth and international trade, but it is also about justice and global social responsibility.

“Understanding this is more important than ever, given the rapid transformation in the global economy. Sheffield has had an excellent tradition of research in International Development for many years. The new Institute allows us to draw this expertise together and build a centre of national and international excellence”.

Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield Sir Keith Burnett added “I am delighted that the Sheffield Institute for International Development is based in our University. As an international community, The University of Sheffield is home to staff and students from over 120 countries and is engaged in work that applies knowledge and skills across the world.

“The Institute plays a vital role by providing a broad understanding of international development among researchers and opinion makers, as well as to business leaders and the members of the public. Building on the academic skills that already exist within the University of Sheffield, the Institute for International Development will strengthen those skills further by recruiting internationally prominent guest researchers and establishing international research and education collaborations – an approach which will help us target our efforts in ways that really make a difference.

“The Sheffield Institute for International Development will also help to address a number of pressing international policy issues. The vision of the Institute is to become a leading International Centre of Excellence that attracts researchers from around the world and from a range of disciplines. These new ideas and networks will also benefit our research and teaching and provoke real change in the world.

“Establishing the Sheffield Institute for International Development is a significant investment on behalf of the University in our own future, but also in the difference we are sure we can make in our world. It is a privilege to work with outstanding academic colleagues such as Professor Jean Grugel, and I have no doubt that the significance and relevance of the activities the Institute will undertake will ensure its success both within the University and internationally.”

The new Institute will also actively seek to engage non academic partners in its work, in accordance with the University of Sheffield’s long tradition of civic engagement. SIID works with international development partners through its embedded social enterprise SIIDshare, led by Dr Deborah Sporton, which brings partners and students together to address international development challenges and provides training opportunities for students.

The official launch of SIID will take place on Wednesday 24 April at Sheffield City Hall (Memorial Hall) with an inaugural lecture and debate with MP Claire Short, previously Secretary of State for International Development. A public debate on Activism, Human Rights and International Development will take place at 5.30pm.

This debate is free and open to the public. To book your place visit siidrights.eventbrite.co.uk