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Department of International Development
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London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
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The Department of International Development (ID) was established in 1990 as the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) to promote interdisciplinary post-graduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change.
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Dr Frank-Borge Wietzke receives award for innovative research|

Dr Frank-Borge Wietzke|, a fellow in the Department, has received the 2014 Weber Award for the best paper in religion and politics presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Read more >>|

 
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Dr Ruben Andersson wins the 2014 Maria Ioannis Baganha Dissertation Award|

Dr Ruben Andersson|, a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit|, has won the 2014 IMISCOE award for his thesis Clandestine migration and the business of bordering Europe, an ethnographic study of the ‘industry of illegality’ at the Spanish-Moroccan border. The award will be presented to him in August at the IMISCOE 11th Annual Conference. This annual prize is awarded to the best dissertation in the field of migration, integration and social cohesion in Europe. Read more >>|

 
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Professor Mary Kaldor receives Ludwig Quidde Award|

Professor Mary Kaldor|, Professor of Global Governance at LSE, has been awarded the Ludwig Quidde Award by the German Foundation for Peace Research. Professor Kaldor is only the second academic to win the prize, which recognises an individual whose outstanding academic achievements continue the lifework of the Ludwig Quidde, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1927. Read more >>|

 
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PhD exchange with China|

Up to 3 students, in each academic year, enrolled on MPhil/PhD studies at the Department of International Development, have the opportunity to spend between 3-6 months on research/fieldwork at Fudan University, Shanghai.

 
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The Handbook of Global Security Policy|

Security policy has changed dramatically since the end of the Cold War.  It can no longer be thought of in terms of securing one country against the military attack of another. Security is now a global concept that crosses traditional state boundaries and faces risks of many shapes and sizes. In her book, Mary Kaldor| brings together 28 state-of-the-art essays covering the essential aspects of global security research and practice for the 21st century. Edited by two of the field’s leading scholars, this volume embraces a broad new definition of security, and examines the risks and challenges posed by new forms of violence and insecurity.

 
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Case study by Dr Shirin Madon in new World Bank report|

The rapid spread of new technologies is transforming the daily lives of millions of poor people around the world and has the potential to be a real game changer for development. The new World Bank report, 'Closing the Feedback Loop: Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap?' presents a theoretical framework about the linkages between new technologies, participation, empowerment, and the improvement of poor people's human well-being based on Amartya Sen's capability approach.

 

The book provides rich case studies about the different factors that influence whether or not information and communication technology (ICT)-enabled citizen engagement programs can improve the delivery and quality of public services to poor communities, including Dr Shirin Madon's| case study on the factors and process of using new technologies to enhance the delivery of primary health services to pregnant women in Karnataka, India. Read the report >>|
 
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The securitisation of NGOs post-9/11|
Conflict, Security and Development

In this article Jude Howell| argues that the securitisation of an issue can involve not only negative, exclusionary and repressive extraordinary measures but also more positive, inclusionary and productive strategies of engagement. It also argues that such bifurcated strategies of security can evoke a spectrum of responses that sets limits on the process of securitisation. It examines these two arguments through the lens of the securitisation of development NGOs post-9/11.

 
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The Borderlands of South Sudan: Authority and Identity in Contemporary and Historical Perspectives|
Palgrave Macmillan

Current international discourse on the new state of South Sudan seems fixated on the "state construction." In this book Mareike Schomerus|, Christopher Vaughan and Lotje de Vries aim to broaden the debate by examining the character of regulatory authority in South Sudan's borderlands in both contemporary and historical perspective.

 
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Asian firms and the restructuring of global value chains|
International Business Review

Asian trans-national garment manufacturers are transforming the structure of global value chains in the apparel industry. In this paper for International Business Review, Shamel Azmeh| argues that such transnational, Asian firms can play a pivotal and strategic role in shaping the geography and organisational restructuring of the global value chain. Drawing on secondary sources and primary research we illustrate how such firms manage complex international production linkages, and ensure the incorporation of Jordan into the global garment industry.

 
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Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics|

In sub-Saharan Africa, property relationships around land and access to natural resources vary across localities, districts, and farming regions. These differences produce patterned variations in relationships between individuals, communities, and the state. In this book Catherine Boone| captures these patterns in an analysis of structure and variation in rural land tenure regimes and analyses how property institutions shape dynamics of great interest to scholars of politics.

 
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Public concerns about transboundary haze: A comparison of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia|
Global Environmental Change

Public concerns about environmental problems create narrative structures that influence policy by allocating roles of blame, responsibility, and appropriate behavior. In this paper Tim Forsyth| presents an analysis of public concerns about transboundary haze resulting from forest fires in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia for crises experienced in 1997, 2005 and 2013.

 
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Political Trade Dependence and North–South Trade Agreements|
International Studies Quarterly

Why do developing countries negotiate North–South trade agreements, when they already enjoy preferential market access to developed-country markets? Most developing countries benefit from the generalised system of preferences (GSP) and related schemes when they export to the United States, the EU, and other developed economies. And yet, many pursue fully reciprocal agreements that require major concessions to the developed partner. In this article, Ken Shadlen| argues that this is due to the nature of the GSP as a unilateral concession that can be (and often is) taken away, and high dependence on unilateral, removable preferences generates “political trade dependence”.

 
 

Student Experience: Consultancy project presentation at the Houses of Parliament
By Rebecca Brooks, MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies student, 2013-14 On 24 June 2014, four students studying for the MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies presented the findings of their consultancy project to an expert panel and a … Continue reading

Beyond Coffee Beans and Bamboo – A wake up call for transformative investment in Africa
Like many pensive blog posts this one began as a trip to the supermarket… While searching for a bag of coffee, I stumbled upon a brand which loudly proclaimed that is was giving 50% of its revenues back to the African … Continue reading

Student Experience: A Trip to Geneva
Post by MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies student, Becky Brooks.  In March this year, 34 students studying for the MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies travelled to Geneva to visit various humanitarian organisations.   Trekking across the beautiful … Continue reading

Growth more than population control
A letter from Dr Elliott Green, published in the Financial Times on 17 June 2014 Sir, Bachu Biswas (Letters, June 16) makes the classic mistake of thinking that controlling population will promote economic development independent of other factors. To see … Continue reading

Iraq Falling Apart
Professor Jean Paul Faguet Professor of the Political Economy of Development Programme Director, Development Management The speed and violence with which armed insurgents have overrun Iraqi towns and military posts, massacring civilians and spreading fear through the region, has shocked … Continue reading

Friday 11 July 2014

World Finance speaks to Danny Quah| about his views on the future of emerging markets. Watch the video here >>|

Friday 4 July 2014

Mary Kaldor| appeared on Newsnight (4 July 2014) to discuss Britain's new aircraft carriers with the former First Sealord Admiral Lord West. She argues that this enormous and costly ship, supposed to fly the American F 35 Lightning strike fighter, which is not yet available and has run into huge problems bot technical and financial, is a typical example of what she calls a 'baroque' military technology. Watch (from 20:46) >>|

Friday 4 July 2014

'Prospero', a blog run by The Economist, features a Q&A with Tim Allen| on the importance of fieldwork. Read more >>|

Wednesday 2 July 2014

In this week's Gearty Grillings|, Danny Quah discusses whether China should emulate the political and social order of the West to be able to compete.

Friday 6 June 2014

In the Amartya Sen Lecture 2014|, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of IMF, called for a 'greater focus on empowerment', according to IMF Survey Magazine. Read more >>|

Wednesday 4 June 2014

Mary Kaldor| discusses the future of NATO| with a panel in the second episode of BBC Radio 4's new series, 'Fit for Purpose'.

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Deborah Doane (DESTIN, 1996-97) writes in the Guardian's Poverty Matters blog, 'Inclusive capitalism must fairly reward those on the bottom rung of the ladder'. Read more >>|

Friday 30 May 2014

Thandika Mkandawire| joins Breaking Views with UNICEF to talk about the economic challenges in Africa and prospects of a better future. Watch >>|

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Tim Forsyth| speaks to Al Jazeera about the coup in Thailand and its implications on the country's economy. Read more >>|

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Catherine Boone| appeared on Gearty Grillings to discuss how land and property issues lie at the core of political conflict in Africa. Watch here >>| 

Gearty Grilling| is a weekly series of short, to-the-point video debates from LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs| (IPA) on key issues affecting the world today. Conor Gearty, director of the IPA and professor of human rights law, subjects academics to a five-minute grilling to showcase the School's word class research and faculty.

 
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