A Global Agenda for Labour
Tuesday 24 April 2018, 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Pranab Bardhan, University of California, Berkeley
Chair: Professor Jean-Paul Faguet
In the face of rising inequality and right-wing populism--the twin menace facing much of the world today-- how to cope with the formidable challenge of restoring the countervailing power of labour?
Professor Bardhan's lecture, "A Global Agenda for Labour" will address a vital and urgent political-economic issue. In the face of rising inequality and right-wing populism--the twin menace facing much of the world today-- how to cope with the formidable challenge of restoring the countervailing power of labour, keeping in mind both rich and poor countries? The talk will suggest some tentative steps in terms of international economic policy, policies of social protection against job precariousness, internal organization of labour unions and of corporate governance, and finally, and most importantly, in terms of the issues arising out of the growing cultural distance between blue-collar workers and the footloose cosmopolitan professional liberal elite that dominates the opinion-making circles in many social-democratic parties.
Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEAgendaLabour
Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think (Recording)
Wednesday 11 April 2018, 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling
Chair: Dr Tiziana Leone
When asked simple questions about global trends – why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty – we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers according to the book's authors.
In their new book Factfulness, Professor of International Health Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Ola Rosling, offer a radical new explanation of why this happens, and reveal the ten insticts that distort our perspective.
Ola Rosling (@OlaRosling) and Anna Rosling Rönnlund (@AnnaGapminder), Hans Rosling’s son and daughter-in-law, were co-founders of the Gapminder Foundation, and Ola its director from 2005 to 2007 and from 2010 to the present day. After Google acquired the bubble-chart tool called Trendalyzer, invented and designed by Anna and Ola, Ola became head of Google's Public Data Team and Anna the team's senior user experience (UX) designer. They have both received international awards for their work.
Dr Tiziana Leone (@tizianaleone) is an Assistant Professor in Demography in the Department of International Development at the LSE and is a member of the Population @LSE group as well as LSE Health.
Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEfacts
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The Vice President of the Philippines on overcoming poverty and the role of politics on economic growth
Friday 6 April, 5.30-7.30pm
Venue: Venue will be announced closer to the date
Speakers: Maria Leonor “Leni” Gerona Robredo
Chair: Professor James Putzel
Maria Leonor “Leni” Gerona Robredo was elected as Vice President of the Philippines on May 2016 and has since worked towards fulfilling her commitment to a pro-poor administration founded on good governance, as well as strong social welfare, public infrastructure and national security.
Under her office, she has launched a number of anti-poverty initiatives, including the widely successful Angat Buhay programme, which partners local governments with NGOs, the private sector and other actors towards funding projects such as housing, education, livelihoods and disaster management. The Vice President has overcome the Philippines' challenging political landscape in waging the "larger war" against poverty.
A staunch advocate of human rights, Leni Robredo has devoted her entire professional life in the service of the most vulnerable sectors of Philippine society. She served as a Public Attorney and is a member of the alternative lawyers group SALIGAN. After winning a seat in the Sixteenth Congress, she remained constant in her priority attention to farmers and fisherfolk; women, particularly in oppressive circumstances; and indigenous people.
Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEVPLeni
Understanding Violence in the Middle East and Africa (Recording)
Monday 19 March 2018, 6.45-8.15pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Professor Toby Dodge, Dr Rachel Ibreck, Rim Turkmani, Lyse Doucet, Javier Solana, and Rory Stewart MP
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor
This event will launch LSE’s new Conflict Research Programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development.
The CRP aims to understand why contemporary violence is so difficult to end and to analyse the underlying political economy of violence with a view to informing policy, with a special focus on Iraq, Syria, South Sudan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Members of the research team will present their ideas and initial findings to Javier Solana, the former foreign policy chief of the European Union.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSECRP
Crime and Global Justice (Recording)
Wednesday 28 February 2018 6.45-8pm
Venue: LSE CAMPUS, venue to be disclosed to ticket holders
Speaker: Professor Daniele Archibugi, Alice Pease, Professor Christine Chinkin, Professor Richard Falk, Professor Mary Kaldor
Chair: Professor Gerry Simpson
In their new book, Crime and Global Justice: The Dynamics of International Punishment, which will be the subject of this discussion, Daniele Archibugi and Alice Pease offer an analysis of the successes and shortcomings of the global justice system from 1945 to the present day.
Over the last quarter of a century a new stem of global criminal justice has emerged; national judges have become bolder in prosecuting crimes committed abroad, special tribunals have been able to target national leaders as well as their henchmen, and a permanent International Criminal Court has been established. But how successful have these ambitious transformations been? Have they ushered in a new era of cosmopolitan justice or are the old principles of victors’ justice still in play?
Universal Health Coverage in the Global South: what is needed to make it work? (Recording)
Thursday 22 February, 6-7.45pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre
Speaker: Professor Kalipso Chalkidou, Professor Ken Shadlen, Dr Daniel Wang
Chair: Dr Justin Parkhurst
Although Universal health coverage is a pillar of the modern welfare state, the successful design and implementation of arrangements to deliver on this promise faces enormous challenges. This panel, with perspectives from health policy, law, and political science, examines these challenges and reflects on national experiences in developing countries.
Refugees and the Gig Economy (Video Recording)
Monday 19 February, 6.30-8pm
Venue: NAB.1.15, New Academic Building
Speaker: Abigail Hunt, Zane Kanderian, Brhmie Balaram,
Chair: Dr Tayyab Safdar
Chaired by LSE Fellow Tayyab Safdar, a panel of international development experts and a gig economy specialist meet to discuss a recently published ODI report on Syrian refugee women in Jordan. The event will allow space for a wider debate, focusing on gender and youth in the Middle East. Together, they will reflect on whether or not the gig economy can be harnessed for sustainable livelihoods or if it could lead to exploitation. The event will be followed by a drinks and networking reception between 8pm and 9pm.
The Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Adam Smith International would like to invite humanitarian actors and gig economy experts, and the public, to engage in the debate via a live web stream on YouTube.