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The IKD Research Centre is a major contributor to the OU's international development activity

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Our researchers generate new knowledge on – and explore the dynamics between – the following themes.

Gender and Social Policy

Exploring gender and feminist approaches to investigate socio-economic dynamics. New members are welcome.

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Health, Innovation and Equity

Innovation profoundly affects health systems and access to care. We are investigating the links between innovation and health equity.

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Infrastructures for Inclusion

Infrastructure demands are key to inclusive development. So how do we make sure no-one is excluded?

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Agri-food, Bio-energy and Green-tech

Transition to a low-carbon economy is not a simple matter of finding the 'best' technologies. 

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Theorising Capabilities and Innovation

Human well-being is about more than income. It's about opportunities, what people can be and do – and how innovation affects this.

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Finance, Innovation and Equity

Innovation is the fundamental engine of growth, employment and quality of life. How can we ensure its advantages are more evenly distributed?

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Education for Inclusive Development

Transforming education is vital to meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. We are investigating innovations to increase participation in learning.

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Migration and Forced Displacement

Migration and forced displacement are among today's most pressing global challenges. Our research focuses on mobility, skills and development, integration and citizenship.