Publishing research

Readers across the globe download more than 750,000 IIED publications each year. What we publish – and how we make our research available – is an important part of IIED's communications work.

A collection of research publications available through IIED's Publications Library (Image: IIED)

More than 7,000 publications are available from our Publications Library, an online, freely accessible search engine that contains a wide variety of resources ranging from research reports and briefings to discussion papers, case studies and books.

The vast majority of these are available to view online or download free of charge.

Searches of our Publications Library are possible by title, theme, type, region or author. Users can also access our collection of briefings.

The library is designed to be as accessible and easy to use as possible by all users, including people with sight problems, or hearing, mobility or cognitive impairments. Our publications are also available in a variety of languages, while a number have been translated. 


If you wish to receive print copies of publications, email with details of the publication you wish to order. Our environmental policy and efforts to avoid waste mean we don’t automatically print multiple copies of all our publications. 

Links to buy printed copies appear on Publications Library and pages where this option is available. These will take you to the relevant publisher and their distributor.

We will send copies subject to stock availability and may charge postage and packing costs. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we are again posting print copies of publications to most places, although this might be subject to delays.

Occasionally, IIED publishes through external publishers, including: RoutledgeZed BooksSage and Springer.

Limited numbers of evaluation copies are available. Please contact us if you wish to review any of our new publications by providing the title and ISBN of the book(s) requested together with your full postal address and specify the publication in which the review will appear.

We would also hope to receive a copy of the published review in due course, preferably in electronic format. Email with all of the above details.

We also produce the leading journal Environment & Urbanization, for which subscriptions are available.

Analysing our impact

Measuring the effectiveness of our publications is vital to ensure that our research is reaching the right people, and that we are providing value for money for our funders.

In 2019/20 we added 152 new research publications to our library. A total of 370,000 publications were downloaded, 39% of which were from the global South. Environment & Urbanisation, our most downloaded publication series, received 434,726 full text downloads.

We regularly promote the publications of IIED and our partners on our online channels, and we ask our users about the improvements they want to see in online surveys.

Also online, we published 110 blog posts on the IIED website, which were viewed 59,091 times. And we produced 81 videos about our work which were shared on IIED’s YouTube channel. This content was viewed 93,552 times, which is 3,386 hours' watch time. 


IIED is not an external publishing service, so please don't send manuscripts or publishing proposals. 

However, we accept submissions for the journal Environment & Urbanization – to make a submission, visit the relevant section on its website.

Copyright and permissions

Unless otherwise stated, the copyright rights of all material published by IIED belong exclusively to IIED. However most of our material is free to download and we encourage others to share. 

That means you are generally free to copy, distribute and display the work for non-profit purposes, provided the original source and author is given credit.

Unless otherwise stated, our publications are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). For more information on this, see our Terms and Conditions

For publications enquiries, please email or call +44 (0)20 3463 7399.