London International Development Centre (LIDC) - One Health Commission

London International Development Centre (LIDC)


London International Development Centre (LIDC)



1.          Organization Name

London International Development Centre (LIDC) 


2.           Narrative Description

The London International Development Centre (LIDC) facilitates interdisciplinary research and training to tackle complex problems in international development by bringing together social and natural scientists from across the University of London's six Bloomsbury Colleges: Birkbeck, Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Royal Veterinary College (RVC), School of Oriental and African Studies, and The School of Pharmacy.


LIDC’s vision is a world made more equitable and secure through poverty reduction and the sustainable use of resources. Our mission is to empower development professionals and programmes with more effective tools and better skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve this vision.


LIDC benefits from many long-standing partnerships between its constituent Colleges and institutions in developing countries. LIDC has forged its own partnerships with the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) as well as with other organisations working in international development or interdisciplinary research.

3.           Purpose

LIDC develops interdisciplinary research and training programmes to address complex international development challenges. We aim to:

·         Develop high-quality interdisciplinary research between Bloomsbury Colleges and with their research partners.

·         Develop new and innovative teaching programmes to support development goals.

·         Inform national and international policies on development through linking research, policy and practice.

·         Build capacity in low and middle income countries to address the needs of higher education and research institutions, NGOs and governments.


4.           Type of Organization

·         Academic Institution


5.           Scope

Collectively, these specialist Colleges have enormous depth of development-related research and training in education, health, agriculture, environment, law and business sectors, with disciplinary expertise ranging from clinical and veterinary medicine to economics, anthropology, sociology, and history.


6.         Country and State and City

              London, England, UK


7.          Primary Funders

Established in 2007 with a grant from Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Funded by constituent Colleges, plus research grants from Leverhulme Trust, DFID, others


8.           One Health Courses being taught

Title of Course: MSc One Health (RVC-LSHTM) – a joint MSc course is under development

Contact person’s name and email: Prof Jeff Waage

Link to Course informational web page:


9.         Other One Health Activities/Initiatives

     (Symposiums, Summits, Workshops, Discussion Series - sponsored by your institution / organization)


    Title of program: Leverhulme Center for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH)

    Contact person’s name and email: Prof Jeff Waage

    Link to program informational web page:


1 0.     One Health Certificate or Training Programs

Title of program:  LIDC facilitates research apprenticeships (PhDs and postdocs)  that involve co-supervision at LSHTM and RVC  in various One Health disease areas, as part of a partnership with the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS)

Link to program informational web page:


11.    Organization Website


12.    Participants and Key Collaborators

            Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS)


13.    Brief History of Your Organization’s One Health Involvement

Since 2009 LIDC has coordinated a research capacity-building partnership between LSHTM, RVC and SACIDS, as well as other research and teaching collaborations between RVC and LSHTM in One Health.


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