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Forthcoming Public Events

We update events listings throughout the year as they come. Please check back to this page periodically for any last-minute events, as well as changes to forthcoming events.

The Department of International Development does not host Public Lectures over the summer break. A list of events taking place in the Michaelmas Term will be posted closer to the date. In the meantime please see our Past Events pages for podcasts and video recordings of previous events or see the main Public Events page for other events across the school.

Upcoming Events, Lent Term 2017


Thursday 4 May 2017, 6-7.30pm

Beyond austerity and stimulus: making employment and growth more sustainable by broadening capital ownership using the earnings of capital

Venue: 32L.G.03
Speaker: Professor Robert Ashford
Chair: Professor Robert Wade

About the event:

Since the Great Recession, the economic policy debate has converged on Austerity vs Stimulus (neoclassical vs. Keynesian theory). Advocates of both strategies (1) concede that the world’s major economies are not operating at full employment and (2) seek to promote (a) sustainable fuller employment and (b) enhanced earnings of poor and middle-class people. 

Professor Ashford offers a different strategy (widening competitive opportunities for capital acquisition with the earnings of capital) based on a different theory of fuller employment: The prospect of more broadly distributed capital earnings in future years provides market incentives to profitably employ more labor and capital in earlier years.  Unlike Keynesian theory, Ashford’s approach operates in both the short and long run and requires no redistribution through tax and transfer mechanisms.

Predicted results include (1) enhanced earnings for poor and middle-class people, (2) enhanced corporate profits and growth, (3) reduced need for welfare dependence, government spending, borrowing, and taxes, and (4) enhanced sovereign creditworthiness.

About the speaker:

Robert Ashford is Distinguished Professor of Law at Syracuse University, where he teaches Business Planning, Inclusive Capitalism, Public Corporations, Securities Regulation, among others. He holds a J.D. degree with Honors from Harvard Law School.

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Sunday 11 to Sunday 18 June 2017

Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response

An intensive course for humanitarian professionals taught by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The course provides an opportunity for mid-career and senior professionals to learn and reflect on critical issues in preparing for, responding to and transitioning out of humanitarian crises. The course is designed to foster peer-to-peer learning, and will feature lectures by distinguished academics and practitioners, with an opportunity for small group discussions and exercises.

The aim of the course is to enable participants to critically reflect on:

  • The changing humanitarian landscape and its implications for policy and practice.
  • Implications of current challenges for leadership in humanitarian action.
  • How the complex nature of conflict and state fragility affect preparations for, and responses to, humanitarian crises.
  • Political transition, the role of justice and security, and stabilisation approaches to complex crises.

Speakers include: Professor Mary Kaldor, Sir John Holmes, Tom Keatinge, Dr Stuart Gordon and Dr Sara Pantuliano

Tickets are now sold out. Please email to secure your space for next year's course.


Podcasts and past events from Michaelmas Term 2016 


Monday 20 March, 12.30-2pm

Richard Falk book launch - Palestine's Horizon: Toward a Just Peace

Venue: NAB 1.04 
Speaker: Professor Richard Falk
Discussants: Chris Doyle
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

About the event:

Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine (2008-2014), has dedicated much of his life to the study of the Israel/Palestine conflict.

His book Palestine's Horizon explores the intricacies and interconnections of the history and politics of Israel/Palestine. After enduring years of violent occupation, the Palestinian movement is exploring different avenues for peace. These include the pursuit of rights under international law in venues such as the UN and International Criminal Court, and the new emphasis on global solidarity and non-violent militancy embodied by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign, among others.

Falk refutes the notion that the Palestinian struggle is a ‘lost cause’ by focusing on new tactics of resistance. He also reflects on the legacy of Edward Said, drawing on the importance of his humanist thought. Against this background, he provides a vision of peace that is mindful of the formidable difficulties of achieving a just solution to the long conflict.

About the speaker:

Richard Falk is one of the leading voices on the Israel/Palestine conflict. He was the UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine between 2008-2014. He is Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and a Research Fellow in Global Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of over twenty books including Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring (Zed Books, 2015).


Wednesday 8 March, 12-2pm

DESTIN - QA session with Ha-Joon Chang

(For department staff and students only)

Venue: TW1.G.1 Speaker: Ha-Joon Chang Chair: Duncan Green

About the event:

DESTIN has the pleasure of hosting world-renowned development economist Ha-Joon Chang who will be answering questions posed to him by students and members of staff from the department.

About the speaker:

Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at Cambridge University. He is the author of 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, and Economics: the User's Guide


John Simpkins

Wednesday 1 March, 5.30-7pm

The Evolving US Foreign Aid Model: Results, Innovation, and Uncertainty

(For department staff and students only)

Venue: CLM2.02
: John L. Simpkins

About the event:

In the past 30 years, American foreign aid has shifted from direct provision of technical assistance to contracting and grant making for technical assistance. John Simpkins will discuss the prospects for further innovation in US foreign assistance, including technological innovation and impact investing in clean energy and other sectors.  He will also reflect on the impact made by different Presidential administrations.

About the speaker:

John L. S. Simpkins is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Duke University School of Law. He most recently was the General Counsel of the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to joining USAID in July 2015, he served for two years as the Deputy General Counsel in the White House Office of Management and Budget.  Mr. Simpkins has held a variety of positions in private practice and academia, including serving of counsel at Wyche, P.A., in Greenville, SC, as a visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Victoria, and as an assistant professor and Director of Diversity Initiatives at the Charleston School of Law. As a member of the African Network of the International Association of Constitutional Law, he has consulted and conducted research in comparative constitutional law and constitutional design in Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa, among other countries.  Mr. Simpkins received his A.B. in government from Harvard College and a J.D. and LL.M. in international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. 


Diego Sanchez Ancochea. Photo QEH. Nov 2016

Tuesday 28 February, 6:30-8pm (Recording)

The Quest for Universal Social Policy in the South

Venue: 32L.G.03
Speaker: Diego Sánchez-Ancochea     
Discussants: Tasha Fairfield and Professor Anthony Hall
Chair: Professor Kenneth Shadlen

About the event:

Universal social policies have the power to reduce inequality and create more cohesive societies. But how can countries in the South deliver universalism? Diego Sánchez-Ancochea (together with Juliana Martínez Franzoni) answers this question through a comparative analysis of Costa Rica, Mauritius, South Korea, and Uruguay, and a detailed historical account of Costa Rica's successful trajectory in a new book.

Against the backdrop of democracy and progressive parties, he places at centre stage the policy architectures defined as the combination of instruments that dictate the benefits available to people. The volume also explores the role of state actors in building pro-universal architectures. The event will interest advanced students and scholars of human development and public and social policies, as well as policymakers eager to promote universal policies across the South. 

About the speaker:

Dr Diego Sanchez-Ancochea is the Director of the Latin American Centre and an Associate Professor in the Political Economy of Latin America at Oxford University. He specialises in the political economy of Latin America with a particular focus on Central America and the Dominican Republic. He is particularly interested in the influence of state-society relations on income distribution with particular attention to the nature and determinants of social and industrial policies. His current research focuses on the political economy of income redistribution in the South. 



Monday 27 February, 6pm - 7.30pm

‘Seven Myths that sustain the global arms trade’

Venue: room 1.04, New Academic Building, LSE 
Panel: Paul Holden and Andrew Feinstein (Corruption Watch UK), Nick Gilby (author and researcher), Alex de Waal (World Peace Foundation) and Leah Wawro (Transparency International) and Sam Perlo-Freeman (World Peace Foundation).     
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

About the event:

Although there is often opposition to individual wars, most people continue to believe that the arms industry is necessary in some form: to safeguard our security, provide jobs and stimulate the economy. Not only conservatives, but many progressives and liberals, support it for these reasons.

JSRP will host a panel discussion, to launch the new book: ‘Indefensible: 7 myths that sustain the global arms trade‘ (Paul Holden et al, Zed Books).  Indefensible puts forward a devastating challenge to this conventional wisdom on the global arms trade, which has normalised the existence of the most savage weapons of mass destruction ever known. It is the essential handbook for those who want to debunk the arguments of the industry and its supporters: deploying case studies, statistics and irrefutable evidence to demonstrate they are fundamentally flawed, both factually and logically.

Far from protecting us, the book shows how the arms trade undermines our security by fanning the flames of war, terrorism and global instability. In countering these myths, the book points to ways in which we can combat the arms trade’s malignant influence, reclaim our democracies and reshape our economies.


Dr Joseph Hanlon, Visiting Senior Fellow

Wednesday 16 November, 6-8pm (Recording)

Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change: Keeping our heads above water

Venue: NAB 2.06                                                                                   Speaker: Joseph Hanlon and Manoj Roy Chair: Prof. Tim Forsyth

About the event:

Joseph Hanlon and Manoj Roy will present their new book which tells the story of a country that refuses to be a helpless victim.

Climate change will make cyclones and floods more devastating; sea level is already rising. Bangladeshi officials, scientists and communities know what is coming and are already adapting, based on their experience of living with a very difficult environment. Cyclone shelters and warning systems now save tens of thousands of lives. Locally developed rice varieties mean Bangladesh is a rice exporter; newer varieties adapt to climate change. And coastal communities have found how to raise the land to match sea level rise.

Bangladeshis will keep their heads above water - if industrialised countries curb greenhouse gas emissions. Bangladeshi negotiators have been fighting for more than a decade to keep global warming below 1.5ºC, and to demand that industrialised countries pay for damage already done. They will be playing an important role in the annual climate change negotiations (COP 22) 7-18 November. 

About the speakers:

Both an academic and a journalist, Joseph Hanlon moved from a PhD in physics at Tufts University to the staff of New Scientist to being BBC and Guardian stringer in Mozambique (1980-84). More detailed research and book writing followed as he moved into development studies. Other projects included serving as coordinator of the Commonwealth Independent Expert Study on Sanctions Against Apartheid South Africa (1989-90) and Policy Advisor for the Jubilee 2000 campaign to cancel developing country debt (1998-2000).

Manoj Roy's research interests include: urban poverty analysis; ecosystem services/disservices-urban poverty linkages; climate change adaptation; and human settlement design and planning; and informal land and rental markets. In the pursuit of policy relevant findings, he applys novel interdisciplinary methods combining technical analysis (e.g. architectural and planning, spatial analysis and modelling) with a social (e.g. livelihoods, wellbeing) and political (governance, institutional) analysis. His research sponsors include: Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) - a NERC-ESRC-DFID joint programme; ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation research programmes; and EU Framework Programme 7.

Dr Duncan Green, Professor in Practice

Tuesday 1 November, 6:30-8pm (Recording)

How Change Happens

Venue: Hong Kong Theatre                                                                             Speaker: Duncan Green     
Discussant: Naila Kabeer
Chair: Hugh Cole

About the event:

The IGC and the LSE Department of International Development will be jointly hosting a public discussion on 1st November featuring Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB and author of the well-known blog “From Poverty to Power: how active citizens and effective states can change the world”.

He will present his new book “How change happens”, focused on how change happens in political systems, power, and institution as well as the role of individuals and organisations in influencing that change.
Duncan will also discuss the challenges that ‘systems thinking’ creates for traditional aid practices, and how a ‘power and systems approach’ requires activists, whether in campaigns, companies or governments, to fundamentally rethink the way they understand the world and try to influence it.
Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at LSE, will be the discussant; Hugh Cole, IGC Country Director, will chair the discussion.

About the speaker:

Duncan Green (@fp2p) is Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB and author of From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World.