University research centre set to launch

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A ‘FLAGSHIP’ research centre is being opened by Sheffield University.

The Sheffield Institute for International Development will be a ‘flagship research centre that will work in collaboration with non-governmental organisations and partners from across the world’.

Academics plan to link research into funding for humanitarian projects with core concerns about social and global justice. The institute will be led by Professor Jean Grugel, head of the university’s department of geography.

She said: “The institute will deliver an improved understanding of international development practices and policy, in the UK and internationally.

“International development is of course about growth and international trade, but it is also about justice and global social responsibility.

“Understanding this is more important than ever, given the transformation in the global economy.

“Sheffield has had an excellent tradition of research in international development for many years.

“The new institute allows us to draw this expertise together and build a centre of national and international excellence.”

Sir Keith Burnett, university vice chancellor, said: “The institute will play a vital role by providing a broad understanding of international development among researchers and opinion makers, as well as to business leaders and the members of the public.

“I have no doubt the significance of the activities at the institute will ensure its success.”