Member Profile for King’s IDI, London
The King’s International Development Institute (IDI) was formally launched in autumn 2013 by the Vice-Principal for Arts and Sciences. IDI has five research clusters and teaching programmes at all levels. Our students over the last 2 years have come from 50 countries and half of all IDI students have been international students.
The IDI is an innovative and contemporary development studies institute. Our focus is on the middle-income developing countries or ‘emerging economies’, meaning the fast growing economies of the developing world where foreign aid is largely irrelevant.
The approach taken is one of studying context and actual economic, social and political change in middle-income countries rather than prescriptive models of development. The institute has regional expertise on Latin America and East/Southeast Asia. The mission is to explore the sources of success in emerging economies as well as understand the major development challenges they continue to face.