International Development Section


The International Development Section (IDS) was constituted in July 2016. It grew out of the International Development Working Group which was set up in July 2013 for a period of 3 years to assess the demand for an interest group of this type, and to develop a remit and mode of operation for such a Section.

Our vision is to work with and through others to maximise the influence of the Society in international development.

The target audience for the IDS is all those with an interest in development and statistics, and overseas fellows are particularly encouraged to contribute to the work of the Section through our StatsLife page and by joining in our events – which are recorded and sometimes streamed.


The RSS International Development Statistics Section exists to take forward RSS work relating to international development. It has three primary areas of interest:

  • Policy and advocacy – on topics relating to international development statistics, including helping to link up users with producers.
  • Learned society – developing the knowledge base and sharing good practice amongst RSS members and others through meetings and events.
  • Professional development and capacity building – initiatives to support statisticians and statistical systems in developing countries. 


Chair: Ian Plewis
Vice Chair: Graham Eele
Secretary: Phil Crook
Meetings Secretary: Matthew Powell

Committee members

Paul Allin (Discussion meetings representative)
Rebecca Fairbairn
Dougal Hutchison
Uma Kambhampati
Deana Leadbeter
Andrea Lehman
Fiona Underwood
Jagdev Virdee
Kim Bradford Smith (co-opted)
Oliver Chinganya (co-opted)
Emanuele Giorgi (co-opted)
Arnoldo Frigessi (Council representative)

Future meetings

View our events calendar:

News and meetings reports

See past events organised by the IDSS.


Additional Information

Mailing list: to join a mailing list regarding future events please mail Phil Crook []