From the Department


mary kaldor, International Development, LSE

November 2017

Europe At Sea

A new documentary featuring professor Mary Kaldor will be launched on the 1st of December 2017. “Europe At Sea” was written, produced and directed by Annalisa Piras, who was given exclusive access to Federica Mogherini, the head of EU Foreign and Security Policy, for a year and a half while she put together the complex jigsaw puzzle of the new EU Global Strategy. The same year that saw the Brexit vote and Trump’s election. 

Professor Kaldor gives her expert opinion on Mogherini's global strategy in the documentary. 

You can watch the trailer of the documentary here.


Naila Kabeer, International Development, LSE

November 2017

How Should We Measure Women’s Economic Empowerment?

Professor Naila Kabeer sat on a panel of discussants at last week's launch of Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment: Lessons from South America, at the Centre for Clobal Development in Washing DC. Co-Editor Susana Martinez-Restrepo presented the main findings from field work in Colombia, Peru and Uruguay, which was followed by a panel discussion that included leading experts on the topic including Mayra Buvinic and Markus Goldstein.

ou can watch the panel discussion here.


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November 2017

Dr Mayling Birney Fund

To honour the memory of Dr Birney and create a permanent and lasting contribution to LSE, her family and the Department of International Development have established The Mayling Birney Memorial Fund, to help provide financial assistance to students in the ID Department. The Memorial Fund will continue her legacy at the School, and generous gifts will support the LSE in keeping alive Mayling’s commitment to and passion for enhancing all students’ learning experiences.

You can support The Mayling Birney Memorial Fund here.


Dr Vesna BD

November 2017

Beyond Brexit: The UK and the Western Balkans 

Dr Vesna Bojičić-Dželilović's policy paper, Beyond Brexit: The UK and the Western Balkans, has been published on the UK Parliament’s website. The paper answers the following questions: has there been a radicalisation of Islam in the region? If so, what have been the driving forces and what are the consequences for the region? How can UK policy respond?

You can read the policy paper here.


Civil Society and Religion, GIZ

November 2017

Civil Society, Religion and the State

Dr Portia Roelofs authored a report "Civil Society, Religion and the State: Mapping of Borno and Adamawa". The report will support the GIZ programme ‘Support to strengthening resilience in North-East Nigeria’ which focuses on governance, livelihoods and infrastructure in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. It is based on fieldwork conducted this summer in Maiduguri, Yola and Mubi.

You can request a copy of the report from



November 2017

ESRC grants awarded for two new research projects

Laura Mann has been awarded an ESRC grant for the project: “A Tale of Two Green Valleys: Power Struggles over Data-Driven Agro-Innovation in Kenya's Rift Valley and California's Central Valley”. The project will explore the political economy of digital data within agriculture, postulating that control over knowledge is the source of dynamic value in the global economy.

The project will be based jointly in the Firoz Lalji Centre of Africa and the Department of International Development, and will run for three years, starting in January 2018.  

Find out about the research grant here.

Professor Jude Howell has been awarded an Economic and Social Research Council Research Grant for a project on “The politics of services subcontracting to NGOs in China” (2017-2020), with a total value of £882,393. The project investigates how, why and with what consequences the Chinese government procures services from NGOs, through sub-contracting welfare services for children with disabilities, care for the elderly, and migrant workers.

The international research team includes Co-investigators Professor Xiaoyuan Shang (Beijing Normal University) and Professor Karen Fisher (University of New South Wales), and post-doctoral research fellow, Dr Regina Enjuto Martinez (LSE).

Find out more about the research grant here.


Howell Jude, International Development, LSE

November 2017

Professor Jude Howell on the Chinese Communist Party and women

Professor Jude Howell was asked by the BBC to give her expert opinion on the lack of female representatives in the Chinese Communist Party. In the article Professor Howell says: 

"There is inadequate state intervention to implement policies to alleviate some of the barriers to women's progression in politics. Quota requirements have had the opposite effect because of the way they have been interpreted." 

The article was published on BBC News Online on Wednesday the 25 October 2017. 

You can read the full article here.


Brett Teddy, International Development, LSE

November 2017

Professor Teddy Brett on the military sidelining of president Mugabe 

Professor Teddy Brett gave his expert opinion to USA Today in an article about the sidelining of President Mugabe by the Zimbabwean military. In the article Professor Brett says:    

"One can't just read this as an army takeover. They've created a situation where they can move their man into position and hopefully turn Mugabe into a puppet who balances all the forces but doesn't make decisions."

The article was published on USA Today on Wednesday the 15 November 2017. 

You can read the full article here.


Florian Weigand, Research Student, International Development, LSE

November 2017

Congratulations to Florian Weigand 

Congratulations to Florian Weigand, who successfully defending his thesis Waiting for Dignity: Legitimacy and Authority in Afghanistan. Additionally, the thesis had no revisions. Florian's supervisor was Professor Mary Kaldor. 

You can follow Florian on twitter here.


GHI Launch

November 2017

Public launch of the new LSE Global Health Initiative

On Tuesday 24 October, LSE held the public launch of the new Global Health Initiative research platform. The event was chaired by Professor Julia Black, Pro Director for Research at LSE and included a panel of LSE experts including Professor Catherine Campbell, Professor Elias Mossialos and Professor Tim Allen, who showcased the range of global health activity taking place at LSE. This was followed by a keynote speech by Geeta Rao Gupta, Executive Director of the 3D Program for Girls and Women and Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation.
The Global Health Initiative is a cross-departmental research platform set up to increase the coherence and visibility of Global Health research activity across the School, both internally and externally. It provides support for interdisciplinary engagement and showcases LSE’s ability to apply rigorous social science research to emerging global health challenges.

Find out more about the initiative here.


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October 2017

Dr Mayling Birney

The sudden loss of Dr Mayling Birney came as a great shock to everyone in the Department of International Development and across LSE. To bring together staff and students from the department to remember Dr Birney's life and contribution to the LSE, a memorial service was held on Monday 16 October in the Shaw Library. A condolences page was also set up, where everyone is invited to leave a message. 

In addition, to honour Mayling and create a permanent and lasting contribution to LSE, Mayling’s family and the Department of International Development have established The Mayling Birney Memorial Fund, to help provide financial assistance to students in the ID Department. The Memorial Fund will continue her legacy at the School, and generous gifts will support the LSE in keeping alive Mayling’s commitment to and passion for enhancing all students’ learning experiences.

Mayling was a cherished colleague and friend, a great teacher, and always a positive and uplifting spirit in everything she did. She will be sorely missed.

You can support The Mayling Birney Memorial Fund here


mary kaldor, International Development, LSE

October 2017

Professor Mary Kaldor on intervening in foreign conflicts and peace in Colombia

Professor Mary Kaldor Mary was interviewed for the End of the World Podcast by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in the summer. In the interview, she talks about the importance of involving local movements and civil society groups in political negotiations in ending new wars. 

You can listen to the End of The World interview here

Professor Kaldor also recently delivered a keynote speech on "Security in Times of Peace" at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá. In her speach, Professor Kaldor suggested international examples of peace-building that could serve for the implementation of peace in Colombia. She was also interviewed by the national Colombian newspaper El Espectador.  

You can read the full interview in Spanish with El Espectador here


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October 2017

Max Gallien interviewed about his research on informal economies

PhD candidate Max Gallien was interviewed by the LSE Research Division about conducting research into informal economies in the Middle East and North Africa and the impact on local development. Max's research interest includes: informal economies, illegal trade, politics and the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, and, political Islam. He was also awarded runner-up of this year's ESRC writing competition.   

You can read the interview for LSE Research here



October 2017

Update from the ID PhD Programme

This September the department has prepared six students due to submit, including the entire class who entered the final year of the MPhil/PhD Programme in September 2013. A huge congratulations to: Thomas Hohne Sparborth (E. Green), Maria Lopez Uribe and Nelson Ruiz Guarin (both with JP. Faguet), Chris Paek (K.Meagher), Florian Weigand (M. Kaldor) and Alessandra Radicati (R. Venugopal).

Further to this success, since introducing the MRes/PhD programme in September 2014, every single student has upgraded within regulations, including all of this year’s group at their first attempt.

Continuing the success for the programme, all of this year’s intake of seven students are being funded either from inside or outside the School.

Find out about the MRes/PhD programme here





September 2017

The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies

This new book takes as its starting point the multiple crises – economic, political, social and environmental – of the dominant current global capitalist system. The chapters collectively document and analyze these crises and the need to find alternatives to the system(s) that generate them. To do so, analyses of class, gender and empire are placed at the centre of discussion, in contrast to markets, liberalization and convergence, which characterize mainstream development discourse.  

Contributors include, Professor Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development. 

You can download a promotional flyer which entitles all purchasers to a 20% discount.


September 2017

Max finally receives his award from ESRC

Third year PhD candidate Max Gallien was presented his award for “Reading the Margins” which won the runner-up prize for the 2017 ESRC's essay writing competition.

Marcus Cerny, Deputy Director of the LSE PhD Academy, collected the prize on behalf of Max whilst he was in the field and was given the opportunity to present the award to Max last week. 

You can read Max Gallien's essay here


Septemebr 2017 

Promotion and regulation of generic medicines in Latin America

Professor Kenneth Shadlen has been approved for a new grant, with Elize Fonseca (from INSPER, in Sao Paulo, Brazil), for their project on the promotion and regulation of generic medicines in Latin America. The project, funded by the joint LSE-FAPESP initiative, builds on their recent article on the topic. 

You can read their article on Promoting and Regulating Generic Medicines here.  


September 2017

Dr Goodwin's summer in Latin America

Geoff spent the summer developing his research on community water management in Ecuador. The research involved interviews with a range of actors, including representatives of community water organisations, leaders of indigenous and peasant movements and members of the water bureaucracy. He also conducted some exploratory research in Colombia, with a view to extending his research into the Andean region of the country next summer.

In September, he convened a panel - Land Institutions in Historical and Comparative Perspective - at the Development Studies Association Conference at the University of Bradford. He also presented a paper on his water research at the Radical Americas Conference at University College London.

Geoff received a LSE Excellence in Education Award for his contribution to teaching in the department and will attend the award ceremony at the LSE on the 18th October.

You can see Dr Geoff Goodwin's profile here


September 2017

The Politics of Return: An agenda for research

A new research project exploring the dynamics of return and re-integration of refugees in Central and Eastern Africa was launched on 18 September 2017. With worldwide displacement at an all-time high, the need for evidence-based research to inform national and international policies is increasingly urgent to successfully mitigate cycles of violence in places like Central Africa which has struggled with widespread displacement and return over past decades. Politics of Return seeks to fulfil that need.

Professor Tim Allen will be the Principal Investigator on the AHRC/ESRC PaCCs-funded project with Dr Anna MacDonald and Dr Holly Porter serving as co-Investigators. They have also written a blog article about the new grant

Find out more about the research programme here

August 2017

Professor Tim Dyson: The deception of child mortality and economic sanctions in Iraq

In this publication, Professor Tim Dyson and Dr Valeria Cetorelli  unveil a series of lies manufactured by the Iraqi Government in the early nineties. The surveys that were jointly conducted by UNICEF, claimed that child mortality fell due to international sanctions on the country. The manipulated data was widely believed to be true, and was subsequently used in the case to invade Iraq in 2003. 

The open source article has received attention from The Washington Post, The Times, and The Telegraph.  

You can read the open access article in full here


August 2017

America's control over Afghanistan's future 

Department Fellow, Geoff Swenson, has written an article for the Washington Post entitled: “Trump says ‘our troops will fight to win’ in Afghanistan. Here’s why peace and stability are so elusive.”

You can read the full article here


June 2017

Professor James Putzel on the battle over Marawi City

Over the past two weeks, Professor Putzel has been providing media commentary concerning the battle over Marawi City between Philippine
government troops and ISIS-linked Islamist armed groups. He says only an acceleration of the implementation of a stalled Peace Agreement can avoid the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in the Philippines.

You can view a clip of Professor Putzel on BBC World here


June 2017

Dr Mayling Birney on BBC World Service

Dr Birney appeared on the BBC Newshour (BBC World Service radio) on Tuesday 12 June, giving her comments on China's recent crack down on fake economic data despite it being a long-standing problem. (26:36 - 29:55)

You can listen to her comments here 

June 2017

Dr Geoffrey Swenson awarded the 2016 Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Thesis Prize

Congratulations to Geoffrey Swenson, who has won the Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Thesis Prize 2016 for a paper entitled Addressing Crises of Order: Judicial State-building in the Wake of Conflict. The Winchester Prize is awarded by University of Oxford Social Sciences for the most outstanding thesis in area of International Relations, with particular reference to human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Geoffrey completed his DPhil in International Relations at Oxford University on post-conflict judicial state-building in legally pluralist settings.


June 2017

New book from Professor Kaldor: International Law and New Wars

Professor Mary Kaldor and Professor Christine Chinkin’s new book, International Law and New Wars examines how international law, largely constructed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, rests to a great extent on the outmoded concept of war drawn from European experience - inter-state clashes involving battles between regular and identifiable armed forces. The book shows how different approaches are associated with different interpretations of international law, and, in some cases, this has dangerously weakened the legal restraints on war established after 1945. It puts forward a practical case for what it defines as second generation human security and the implications this carries for international law.

Click here to find out about the book launch.
Click here to pre-order your book.


June 2017

Conference on Long-Range Development in Latin America

The inaugural LSE-Stanford-Universidad de los Andes Conference on Long-Range Development in Latin America will take place in Stanford on 11-12 May. The papers presented by co-organiser, Professor Jean Paul Faguet, are a blend of politics, economics and history, and trace the intellectual frontiers of long-run development in Latin America and beyond. They will be publicly available soon.

More about the event here


Tim runs London Marathon

A huge congratulations to Professor Tim Allen for completing the London Marathon on Sunday in just under five hours!

As many of you know, in 2000 Tim was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. After a year of treatment, the cancer returned and the only way to save his life was to find an unrelated bone marrow donor. The Anthony Nolan Trust finds such people, and Tim is still alive, because someone he had never met was willing to provide bone marrow to attempt a transplant. Each year, Tim runs the London Marathon to remember what the donor did for him, and to raise funds for the Nolan Trust.

Please sponsor Tim, even if it is just for a small amount.

Sponsor Tim's run here.   


Book launch for After Rape                      

This event on the evening of the 9th of May, hosted by Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, marks the publication of Holly Porter’s new book After Rape: violence, justice and social harmony in Uganda. Holly Porter will talk about the book with Adam Branch from Cambridge University and the event will be chairs by Professor Tim Allen, Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre and Head of the Department for International Development.                      

Click here to reserve your space for the talk  


Professor Robert Ashford to talk at LSE in May

Professor Robert Ashford, Distinguished Professor of Law at Syracuse University, will deliver a public talk in May at The London School of Economics. To coincide with a new book, he will suggest a new approach to making employment and growth more sustainable by broadening capital ownership, using the earnings of capital.

Find out more about the event here.


After Rape, the new book from Dr Holly Porter

Drawing upon abundant fieldwork and in-depth interviews with almost 200 women, Dr Holly Porter, Research Fellow from the department and Lead Researcher for the Justice and Security Research Programme, examines issues surrounding wrongdoing and justice, and sexual violence and rape, among the Acholi people in northern Uganda.

Find out more about the book here.


Congratulations to Dr Sandra Sequeira

Congratulations to Dr Sandra Seqeira who has been promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor in Development Economics. 
Dr Seqeira is also Lead Academic for the International Growth Centre’s Mozambique programme. Her research applies a combination of experimental and quasi-experimental methods to three broad themes in development economics: infrastructure and growth, private sector development in developing countries and the economic costs of bureaucratic corruption.

You can see Dr Sandra Sequeira's full profile here.


PhD student Max Gallien wins ESRC Writing Competition

A huge congratulations to Max Gallien, PhD student in the Department of International Development, for recently being announced of one of only four prize winners in the highly prestigious ESRC Writing Competition. Max’s entry “Researching the informal economy teaches us about the lives of the most vulnerable in our society” was runner up in the competition which is run in partnership with SAGE publications.

You can read Max Gallien's entry for the competition here.


Dr Tasha Fairfield to join Stanford Univeristy as fellow                      

Tasha Fairfield will be a 2017-2018 fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, where she will be working on a book project, “Social Inquiry and Bayesian Inference: Rethinking Qualitative Research.”  Her article with A.E. Charman, "Explicit Bayesian analysis for process tracing: guidelines, opportunities, and caveats," is forthcoming in Political Analysis. 


Professor Tim Forsyth receives grant to research resilience in Nepal and Myanmar                 

Tim Forsyth has won a grant funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to conduct research on the resilience and access to sustainable growth in upland Nepal and Myanmar. The grant which is equivalent to £350,000. Tim, the principle investigator with collaborators in Oxford and East Anglia, will be investigating how livelihood transitions in upland, and post-conflict villages in Nepal and Myanmar change what we think about risk and resilience, including resilience to climate change.


Mary Kaldor awarded BISA Distinguished Contribution Prize

Professor Mary Kaldor was awarded the Distinguished Contribution Prize by the British International Studies Association (BISTA). The prize recognises an individual’s contribution to the promotion of excellence in the discipline of International Studies over a substantial period of time. The award also recognises the distinction in the intellectual development and the leadership of the discipline, as well as acknowledging the considerable prestige added by the individual to International Studies in the UK and beyond.                        

Find out more about BISA here.


Stuart Gordon at the IWM

Dr Stuart Gordon has been featured in a video interview at the Imperial War Museum for an exhibition about the British arrival in Helmand. The exhibition examines the British arrival in the Afghan province in 2006 and the decisions that shaped the way the conflict escalated, exploring the impact the period had on those who were there and the lessons learnt from the deployment.                      

Find out more about the exhibition here.



Development Management Student Releases Debut Book                      

MSc Development Management student and Khattar Scholar, Agnes Chew, released her first debut nonfictional book, titled The Desire for Elsewhere, at the Singapore Writers Festival 2016.                      

You can find out more about the book here.


Pritish Behuria Interviewed by Radio France International

Pritish Behuria, Visiting Fellow of the department, was interviewed by Radio France International about Agaciro in Rwanda. This follows on from his recent publication in The Journal of Eastern African Studies about the subject.  

You can listen to the interview here.


LSE ranked 3rd best university in the world for Development Studies

QS TopUniversities has ranked The London School of Economics the third best university in the world for Development Studies. LSE jumped two places from the previous year, topping both Oxford and Cambridge University, and is the only university on the list to have scored full marks for research impact.   

You can see the full list of universities here 


Development Management consultancy project presents report to leaders in the field

A small team of students from the MSc Development Management 2015/2016 course presented a successful report last week in collaboration with Charities Aid Foundation at the pre-launch event for their research. 

You can read their article for the department blog here 


International Development students have their paper published by the Inter-American Development Bank

A group of students from last year’s Development Management class have had their constancy project published for the Inter-American Development Bank. The paper analyses the different ways in which big data can be leveraged to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of governments in Latin America and the Caribbean by using five case studies. 

You can download and read the paper by following this link 


Dr Tasha Fairfield wins the Donna Lee Van Cott Award for best book on political institutions 

Dr Fairfield, an Assistant Professor in Development Studies in the Department of International Development has been awarded the 2016 Donna Lee Van Cott Award for best book on political institutions for her book Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The committee for the prize described it as "both theoretically and empirically rich and persuasive in showing the impact of business power in reforming tax policy across and within countries". They went on to say that they "found particularly compelling the way in which the book brings social movements into the picture to explain how movements in the street can change the balance of power between states and business and empower states to pass anti-business tax reforms."


New Report - "From Hybrid Peace to Human Security: Rethinking EU Strategy towards Conflict"

The latest report by the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit proposes that the European Union adopts a second generation human security approach to conflicts, as an alternative to Geo-Politics or the War on Terror.

Read the full report here


Professor Jean-Paul Faguet speaks at World Bank

On Wednesday 10 February Professor Jean-Paul Faguet spoke at an event at the World Bank entitled "Is Decentralization Good for Development: Perspectives from Academics & Policy Makers", where he discussed his research from his book of the same name.

A video of the event can be found here


Programme for African Leadership scholarships available for 2016

PfAL is delighted to announce that scholarship funds are available for bright African students applying to select Masters programmes for the upcoming 2016/17 academic year. There is a three-stage application process, with an initial deadline of 4 March 2016 for the first phase. Click the link for more information and for the Pre-Application Form. 

Find out more about the scholarships here.


Professor Kaldor receives honorary award at University of Sussex graduation

On Friday 22 January Mary Kador was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sussex for her  academic excellence and her contribution on issues of humanitarian security and the new causes of war. The award  was conferred to her by the Chancellor of the University, actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar at Brighton’s Dome, where the University’s winter graduation ceremonies took place.




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