Institute of Development Studies

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a unit at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) established in August 2011 with research rather than teaching as its primary focus. Seventy percent of Research Fellows’ productive time at IDS is channelled towards research; 25 percent and 5 percent of the time is directed at teaching and community engagement, respectively. The Unit attempts to bridge the gap between research and development practice in order to encourage a culture of research particularly in the Faculty of Commerce. Research at IDS addresses key economic, political and social development concerns like poverty and inequality, skewed resource distribution, gender disparities, policy and governance for sustainable livelihoods strategies.

Thematic Areas

IDS research focuses on six thematic areas constituting six departments which are as follows:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Management
  • Development and Governance
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Labour and Migration
  • Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution
  • Water Resources, Energy and Climate Change.

These Departments are run by IDS committee members who solely concentrate on Research regarding the above mentioned areas of interest. However, taking to consideration that IDS is a Research Institute, it does not only do that but has also got community building, humanitarian accountability, conflict resolution, collaboration, climate change, disaster management, teaching and learning roles to fulfill as well.


To foster intellectual curiosity and create an inspirational and empowering learning environment through research


To be an international centre of excellence in training, research and consultancy on issues of development and disaster management

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Empowerment
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Social Justice


Empowerment through new knowledge, fostering intellectual curiosity and creating an inspirational learning environment


The IDS’ theme colour is Maroon


‘Pushing Frontiers of Development through Research and Innovation’

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