A commitment to linking quality research to critical social and economic issues
'ISS and its staff have clearly engaged with many of the emerging and ongoing trends and topics in the discipline of Development Studies.'
'The appointment of new Professors from the Majority World ... strengthens the viability of the institute in terms of ensuring genuine international representativeness, and its positioning as a legitimate global voice on development issues.'
'The QS World University ranking of ISS in Development Studies has substantially increased over the last four years from 48 to place 11 in 2022. This is a remarkable and outstanding achievement...'
(From the ISS Mid-Term Research Review, September 2023)
World leading, socially relevant research
The ISS research vision is: 'to produce internationally competitive, critical development-oriented research with substantial relevance to society and high-quality education in development studies, in order to contribute to the enhancement of well-being and social justice and a more equitable world'.
The mid-term review of our research concludes that ISS is indeed succeeding in making a substantial contribution to this vision.
This is the conclusion of an external assessment committee which visited ISS in 2023.
The committee based its findings on the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP) for Research Assessments in the Netherlands. This Protocol is formulated and endorsed by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).