James Georgalakis

Director of Communications and Impact, Institute of Development Studies


I have spent 20 years as a policy communications practitioner in UK policy and international development.

I currently lead IDS’ approach to research communications, strengthening evidence use and evaluating research impact. I am Director of the ESRC DFID Impact Initiative supporting UKRI grantees and a University of Bath Doctoral Candidate in Policy Research and Practice. I am conducting research on global research policy networks responding to the COVID pandemic.

Research uptake and policy engagement practice

Led EIP in INGOs and IDS. Lead IDS short course on Shaping Policy with Evidence. Reviews of evidence use in East Africa and MENA region and capacity building in Africa, S Asia, MENA and EU.

Evidence use and research impact learning and strategy

Lead IDS MEL framework and innovation around tracking and reporting research impact. Research and conceptual frameworks on effective research policy partnerships and modes of impact.

Policy research on complexity and networks

PhD research taking a complexity-informed approach to EIP network analysis of infectious disease emergency preparedness and response. Recent work includes mapping the UK Ebola response policy network and analysis of UK media coverage of COVID.

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