As a multidisciplinary institute, the IRD demonstrates the importance of its unique approach by conducting research appropriate for addressing major development challenges.

At the forefront of sustainability science, IRD research springs from real-world problems faced by societies and ecosystems rather than the dynamics of the scientific disciplines that it mobilises.

Since this research concentrates on the intertropical and Mediterranean regions where the greatest ecological, social, and political vulnerabilities are combined for current models of development, it often almost naturally ends up at the front lines of major debates. For this reason, the IRD favours interdisciplinary and intersectional scientific approaches to the SDGs?Sustainable Development Goals.

Our structuring interdisciplinary partnership programmes (PSIPs)

The pillars of our action for development

  • An equitable scientific partnership and co-publications with partners in developing countries
  • Solutions which are adapted to global challenges and based on scientific evidence
  • Public policies informed by scientific advances
  • Citizens driving change
  • Responsible innovations
  • Specific expertise and know-how

Using a multidisciplinary and partner-based approach to research to tackle major development challenges

With the help of its partners, the IRD produces excellent, rigorous science meeting international standards that can be used to take decisions and shape public policy. World health, governance, inequalities & poverty, mobility & migration, climate change and other global changes, oceans, natural risks, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, ecosystems, and resources are just a few of the themes examined through a multidisciplinary approach. The scientific activity of the IRD is rolled out through its research units and measures in France and abroad.

Embodying an innovative, comprehensive, & strategic vision of development research

The IRD contributes to the emergence, strengthening and empowerment of scientific communities and higher education and research systems in partner countries through its research.

The IRD collaborates with all public and private actors, whether European or international, working on sustainable development challenges. Its research is consistent with the ideals of science and open & responsible innovation to change lifestyles.

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