CERES is the Dutch research school for the field of International Development. Its members include academic staff and their PhD researchers in Development Studies or in associated disciplines or interdisciplinary fields in the social sciences, such as anthropology, sociology, political science, economics and geography. The School was founded in 1994 by six academic institutions and currently includes ten member institutions, including one in Belgium (Flanders). It has established links with many other universities and research institutes in Europe and in the Global South.
CERES currently serves three main functions:
- Provide educational opportunities specifically tailored to PhD researchers working in the interdisciplinary field of Development Studies or on issues of development (it is the only accredited research school in the Netherlands that offers such specifically tailored research training);
- Organise and convene lectures and events to promote the field of Development Studies in the Netherlands and Belgium;
- Provide researchers and research managers in Development Studies and allied fields with a tool to measure and evaluate research output performance in a plural and interdisciplinary manner, but also in a way that is conventionally recognised by formal research quality assessment exercises.