IHS undertakes specialised international research in partnership with client organisations. This work is focussed on advancing urban theories, which is essential for critical thinking development. This research has been instigated and developed for partners including Cities Alliance, the World Bank and UN-Habitat.
In addition to providing necessary knowledge for advisory work and training activities, academic research also helps identify gaps in capacity within the urban context. IHS publishes this content within working paper series and books on a range of different issues relating to urban studies. The effort also contributes to bridging the gap between research and practice among urban professionals.
IHS also conducts commissioned research. Its clients for research include not only local and national governments but also multilateral/bilateral aid agencies and development banks. Contract researches conducted by IHS include case studies, identification of best practices, baseline studies, and evaluation/assessments of projects, programmes and policies in the area of urban management and development.
Besides project-based and internal academic research, IHS also provides research opportunities through its PhD programme in Urban Development and Governance. Part of the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities (EGSH), the PhD programme offers participants a chance to learn from urban policy advisers and real-life cases, connect with like-minded people from all over the world and expand their professional network.