United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

UNESCO Chair in International Development (858), established in 2009 at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

Fields / Disciplines

Economy, political sciences, international development.


The principal objectives of this Chair are to:

  • promote economic and social progress in developing countries;
  • contribute to the application of skills and knowledge in order to enhance international development;
  • empower developing countries' stakeholders through capacity-building and collaboration in transnational research; and:
  • empower the developing partners countries to contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of their countries through education, research and knowledge transfer designed to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

Host Institution

University of Edinburgh

UNESCO Sector / Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Social and Human Sciences


Paul van Gardingen,UNESCO Chairholder, Executive DirectorEdinburgh International Development Centre
University of Edinburgh
Drummond Library
High School Yards, Infirmary Street
Edinburgh EH8 9XP
Email:    p.vangardingen(at)ed.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 7253
Fax:    +44 (0)131 650 7863