Advisory, Training and Research

IHS offers specialised advisory, training and research services
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IHS offers Advisory, Training and Research services, by creating specialised and custom projects and programmes for clients and urban professionals.

Since 1976, IHS has worked on projects overseas, providing advisory services to an array of stakeholders including governments, organisations and institutions. The institute also works on contracts for local and national government clients. Services in this area include policy-level support, aid in citywide strategic development and participatory processes.

Our specialised capacity building services equip current and future global urban professionals with knowledge and skills to improve urban life. These programmes surpass standard training by ensuring a thorough understanding of the local context, in addition to building links for international and local knowledge transfer. Using this method, the interventions made are sustainable for both stakeholders and the local environment.

We also undertake specialised international research in partnership with client organisations. This work is focused on advancing theory which is essential for critical thinking development. This research has been instigated and developed for our partners including Cities Alliance, the World Bank and UN-Habitat.

From these three types of services, strong links are produced between theory and practice, allowing course participants of our educational programmes to benefit from the rich knowledge of our lecturers.


Work with IHS staff to find innovative solutions, embedded in and relevant for your local context.

IHS tailor-made trainings

Maximise potential and build the capacity of your organisation through customised trainings.


Tackle urban challenges and identify capacity gaps in the urban context with our research services.

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schema of IHS core activities

IHS Approach & Model

The approach IHS uses to tackle the problems faced in reducing poverty and improving the quality of life in cities is based on the cross-fertilization of three activities: education, advisory services and research.

The challenges faced in practice and the practical and implementable solutions found in advisory work are incorporated into case studies that provide examples of how to apply the theories discussed in training. IHS also conducts research that furthers theory which is essential for the development of critical thinking being requisite in IHS training and educational programmes. IHS believes in linking theory and practice: staff members spend a substantial amount of their time working in the field, so they have knowledge of the circumstances in the countries in which they work and can provide support, training and services that are relevant for their clients and course participants.

For further information or to contact us for our expertise on a specific project, please contact us.

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Bridging the knowledge gap: IHS Projects

Have a look at our commissioned and non-commissioned research on the project website.

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