This blog is written by members of the Participation, Power and Social Change (PPSC) team at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK. Regular contributors include Danny Burns, Rosalind Eyben, Robert Chambers, akshay khanna, Stephen Wood, Alex Shankland, Mariz Tadros, Joanna Wheeler, Jethro Pettit, Rosemary McGee and Naomi Hossain. It also includes guest contributions from other development experts and partners.
The blog features comment and opinion on our core research themes: citizenship, gender and sexualities, participatory media, participatory methodologies, unruly politics, violence and conflict and Community-led Total Sanitation. We welcome your views, questions and feedback, so do let us know what you think and join the conversation.
The PPSC Team at IDS works in partnership with diverse collaborators from around the world to generate ideas and action for social change. The posts on this blog reflect the opinions of each individual and not necessarily those of IDS.
About the Participation, Power and Social Change Team at IDS
Our aim is to facilitate participatory, power-aware research for social change.
Citizens and their organisations, policy-makers, development workers and researchers are increasingly appreciating that standard recipes for managing the complexity of our inter-connected world have not worked.
Through research, innovation and learning in rights-based and participatory approaches, we work with people to identify and implement alternative approaches to social change that respond to local situations and bridge operational practice with research and policy change.
Our work intends to help tackle the power inequalities that create crises, sustain poverty and injustices through the suppression of alternative or marginalised voices.
Our work is organised in four clusters:
- participatory approaches to co-constructing knowledge
- gender justice and sexualities
- power relations and unruly politics
- social change and development in settings of violence and conflict
IDS is a leading global charity for research, teaching and information on international development. Our vision is a world in which poverty does not exist, social justice prevails and economic growth is focussed on improving human wellbeing. We believe that research knowledge can drive the change that must happen in order for this vision to be realised. For more information, go to: www.ids.ac.uk