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Department of International Development
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London School of Economics and Political Science
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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.
Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch, University of Chile 

New visiting professor appointed|

The Department of International Development is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Kirsten Sehnbruch as Visiting Associate Professor in the Department.

Her appointment formally commences in September 2015, after which she will join the LSE for one term each year to undertake teaching and research.

Find out more about the appointment >>|

Coursera MOOC Launch, 19 March 2015

New massive open online course in citizen engagement|

A new massive open online course (MOOC) has launched in March - the first of its kind in citizen engagement. The department is working in collaboration with Coursera, Civicus, the Overseas Development Institute, and the World Bank Group to deliver a comprehensive overview of citizen engagement in this 4-week course.

The launch event was hosted by the Department of International Development on Thursday 19th March.

Click here for more information >>|

Follow the story of the night on Storify >>|

Robert Wade

Robert Wade stars in Development Debate|

The 2015 Development Debate saw Prof. Robert Wade take on Prof. Francesco Caselli from the Department of Economics on the topic 'Industrial Policy for Development'. The two sparred over concepts of development structure in an enthralling debate.

Find out more at the International Development blog >>|


The Role of ICT in Development

Dr Silvia Masiero organised a roundtable event to discuss ICTs and societal changes. She was joined by two LSE alumni – now ICT4D practitioners – to discuss their collective experience as ICT-based development workers.


Lalji PfAL scholarship applications open|

We are now accepting invitations for Lalji PfAL scholarships for the 2015 intake. Scholarships are open to students from across sub-Saharan Africa, but a minimum of 15 places will be reserved for applicants from Uganda, Kenya, and South Sudan. Those who have not previously studied outside of Africa are particularly encouraged to apply providing the entry requirements for MSc study are met. 

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Mary Kaldor and Sabine Selchow (eds), Subterranean Politics In Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

New volumes edited by CSHS team now available|

Two collections of essays compiled and edited by International Development scholars have been published recently. Subterranean Politics in Europe, edited by Mary Kaldor and Sabine Selchow and published by Palgrave Macmillan, examines the tensions caused by uprisings across Europe in 2011 and 2012. Find out more here >>|

Public Policy Making in the Western Balkans, edited by Margo Thomas and Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, has been published by Springer. This volume analyses the attempts by Eastern European governments to maintain political stability, generate growth, and tackle sustainability issues.

Nowhere to Call Home, Zanta and Jocelyn in Beijing

Film screening of 'Nowhere to Call Home' for Chinese New Year|

The Department of International Development celebrated Chinese New Year by screening the riveting documentary, 'Nowhere to Call Home: A Tibetan in Beijing', followed by a Q&A session with director Jocelyn Ford.

For more details, and images of the evening, click here >>|

Dr Tang Lixia, Visiting Research Fellow from China Agricultural University

Visiting Fellow Dr Tang Lixia talks on development in China|

On Wednesday 4th March, Dr Tang Lixia, a visiting research fellow from the China Agricultural University, Beijing, will speak about her views on the pace of change in China. Dr Tang was born in 1979, so her life has coincided with the reform period. She has lived and worked in both rural and urban China, and will share her experiences with staff and students in International Development.

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PhD exchange with China|

Each academic year, up to 3 students 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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Stability Journal

'And Then He Switched off the Phone': Mobile Phones, Participation, and Political Accountability in South Sudan's Western Equatoria State|


Investigating the impact of mobile phones in situations of political unrest, Mareike Schomerus and Anouk Rigterink argue that phones could contribute towards better accountability for governments and towards statebuilding. A précis is available on the International Development blog|.

The Politics, Practice and Paradox of 'Ethnic Security' in Bosnia Herzegovina|


Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic argues that while international intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina was designed to support conflict resolution, it has instead contributed to an 'ethnification' of security, which remains at the forefront of political discourse and practice.


Human Development and Decent Work: Why some Concepts Succeed and Others Fail to Make an Impact|

Development and Change

In this article, Kirsten Sehnbruch and others examine the impact of the International Labour Organization's concept of Decent Work on development thinking. They contend that the United Nation Development Programme's Human Development concept has been one of the most successful development concepts ever to have been launched, while the impact of decent work by comparison has been limited.

Mary Kaldor and Sabine Selchow (eds), Subterranean Politics In Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

Subterranean Politics in Europe|

Palgrave Macmillan

The demonstrations, occupations, and new political initiatives that emerged across Europe in 2011 and 2012 were a rare example of subterranean politics 'bubbling up' to the surface. Assumptions about how politics is carried out are changing, giving rise to serious challenges and obvious discomfort across established institutions.

Edited by Mary Kaldor| and Sabine Selchow| of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit (CSHS), this volume investigates why this is occurring now. Equally, it considers whether the current eruptions are different to previous periods of political upheaval, and what they tell us about the future of the European project. Read more >>|

Public Policy Making in the Western Balkans

Public Policy Making in the Western Balkans


This volume, co-edited by Margo Thomas and Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic|, analyses the attempts by Eastern European governments to maintain political stability, generate growth, and tackle sustainability issues. Featuring detailed case studies of public policy reforms in the region as well as comparative analysis on a range of indicators, the book analyzes the role of key players in setting the political agenda as well as implementing policy reforms.

Tasha Fairfield - Private Wealth Public Revenue

Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America|

Cambridge University Press

Tasha Fairfield's latest book, Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America: Business Power and Tax Politics, will be published by Cambridge University Press in February 2015. The book develops a theoretical framework that refines and integrates the classic concepts of business' instrumental (political) power and structural (investment) power to explain the scope and fate of tax initiatives targeting economic elites in Latin America after economic liberalization. Read more >>|

An article co-authored with Michel Jorratt (Director of the Chilean tax agency) is also forthcoming in The Review of Income and Wealth journal. Their data has been cited by Thomas Piketty on a high-profile trip to Chile following the country's major tax reform last year. You can see more in this Spanish article from the Chilean newspaper, Diario Financiero|.

Manisha Priyam, Contested Politics of Educational Reform in India (Oxford, 2015)

Contested Politics of Educational Reform in India|

Oxford University Press

Manisha Priyam, who completed her PhD at LSE in 2012, will publish her first monograph through Oxford University Press in 2015. Based on her doctoral thesis, which can be found here|, the book is titled Contested Politics of Educational Reform in India: Aligning Opportunities with Interests. You can also see a précis of Manisha's research on 'India at LSE'. Read more >>|

China Quarterly Journal 

Shall we dance? Welfarist Incorporation and the Politics of State-Labour NGO Relations in China| by Jude Howell|

State-labour NGO relations in China have been particularly fraught. In 2012 these took an interesting twist, as some local governments made overtures to labour NGOs to co-operate in providing services to migrant workers. This article argues that this shift is part of a broader strategy of 'welfarist incorporation' to redraw the social contract between state and labour. There are two key elements to this: first, a relaxation of the registration regulations for social organisations; second, governmental purchasing of services from social organisations. These overtures have both a state and market logic to maintain social control and stabilise relations of production. Read the full article here >>|


Duncan Green: Some healthy scepticism about ‘Citizen Engagement’ (and why I’m excited about MOOCs)
MOOCs are taking over. If you aren’t yet excited about Massive Open Online Courses, you should be. When I was first getting interested in development the only way to bridge the gap between reading the news and coughing up squllions for a Masters was to cycle through the rain every Tuesday evening to London’s City Literary Institute to sit at […]

Tim Allen faces Gearty Grilling on fieldwork in Africa
Tim Allen, the Head of Department and Professor of Development Anthropology, becomes the latest subject of the ‘Gearty Grillings’, a series of weekly video debates from LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) in which Conor Gearty (Director of the IPA and Professor of Human Rights Law) subjects academics to a five-minute grilling about their research. See Professor Allen discuss his controversial […]

Industrial Policy for Development? Causes, Mechanisms and Consequences of Industrial Policy Across the World
Dr Silvia Masiero, Research Fellow in the Department of International Development, writes on the 2015 Development Debate featuring Professor Robert Wade and Professor Francesco Caselli. This year’s Development Debate, titled ‘Industrial Policy for Development?’, featured two world-class experts on industrial policy and development, plus a room overflowing with enthusiastic students and penetrating questions. Prof. Robert Wade, Professor of Political Economy […]

Mareike Schomerus and Anouk Rigterink, “Off the hook: Can mobile phones help with statebuilding?”
Lady Gaga thinks the telephone is pretty much a one-way street: “Call all you want, but there’s no one home—and you’re not gonna reach my telephone,” she sings, together with Beyonce in the aptly-named song “Telephone”. The two might have a point beyond fobbing off an annoying boyfriend. Even though the phone stands for communication, it only works if both […]

Engaging Citizens MOOC: A Game Changer for Development?
Thursday 19 March 2015, 7.00-8.30pm Venue: New Theatre, East Building Speaker: Various Engaging citizens has a vital role to play in the process of development. It helps to improve transparency and accountability of public policies, to build trust with citizens, to forge consensus around important reforms, and to build the political and public support necessary to sustain them. A number of institutions, including the London School of […]

Thursday 26 March 2015

Robert Wade| gave the keynote address at a conference hosted by the Lahore School of Economics this week. A report of the event is available in the Pakistan Daily Times >>|

Friday 20 March 2015

Professor Tim Allen| is the latest department member to feature in the Gearty Grilling series. Subtitled 'the Disruptive Anthropologist'|, Tim undertakes an intense five-minute discussion of the controversy surrounding his fieldwork in Africa.

Friday 13 March 2015

This week, Robert Wade| presented on 'How western states keep the lead in international organizations even as they lose relative economic weight' at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh.View the Storify feed of the session here >>| 

He has also taken part in a debate with Prof. Francesco Caselli from the Department of Economics. LSE staff and students can watch them in action here|

Friday 6 February 2015

Nigel Dodd|, Professor of Sociology and tutor in the Department of International Development, features in the latest instalment of ‘Gearty Grillings’. This weekly series of five-minute clips sees Conor Gearty, Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, question academics about their work. Watch Nigel in action here >>|

Friday 30 January 2015

Felix Salmon, the financial journalist, gave a public lecture about the sovereign debt crisis in Argentina. You can follow the evening’s events on Storify| or access the podcast here >>|

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Dr Marcelo Neri, the Minister for Strategic Affairs in Brazil, spoke in December about the growth of social welfare in Brazil since the 1990s. Watch a slide-audio of the event here >>|

Thursday 13 November 2014

Stuart Gordon| features in a new BBC documentary about Britain's involvement in the Afghanistan conflict, 'Afghanistan: The Lions Last Roar?' Watch the documentary in full >>|

Monday 10 November 2014

Danny Quah writes on 'Chinese Lessons: Singapore's Epic Regression to the Mean'| in the World Bank's Future Development blog. Read the article >>|

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Opiniones Territoriales, part of the FAO's Spanish-language website, interviewed Jean-Paul Faguet| about decentralization. Read the full interview >>|

Wednesday 15 October 2014

In East Asia Forum, Jude Howell| asks, 'Where are all the women in China's political system?' Read the article >>|

Wednesday 17 September 2014

In The Independent|, Jean-Paul Faguet| asks whether David Cameron is becoming the worst prime minister in UK history. Read the article >>|

Tuesday 16 September 2014

In the LSE British Politics and Policy blog|, Elliott Green| argues "Scottish nationalism stands apart from other secessionist movements for being civic in origin, rather than ethnic." Read the article >>|

Friday 22 August 2014

Centennial Professor Carlota Perez| writes about 'a new age of technological progress' in Policy Network. Read the article >>|

Friday 15 August 2014

The Washington Post interviews Catherine Boone| about the arguments in her latest book, Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics| Read the Q&A here >>|

Friday 8 August 2014

In an op-ed article for The World Post, PhD candidate Alaa Tartir| argues why the Sharm El-Sheikh donor conference in September offers an opportunity "to forge a new paradigm of aid politics" and must include Hamas. Read more >>|

Wednesday 6 August 2014

Robert Wade|, with Jakob Vestergaard, in a letter published in The Financial Times, explains why 'Brics bank ought to be welcomed by poorer countries'. Read more >>|

Thursday 24 July 2014

In Global Policy JournalDanny Quah| argues why the world can learn from Malaysia's political and economic model. Read more >>|

Thursday 24 July 2014

In FT Alphaville Carlota Perez| responds to arguments set out by Bank of England chief economist Andrew Haldane at the launch of the Mission-Oriented Finance. Read more >>|

Thursday 24 July 2014

Robert Wade| takes the angle that capitalism can only work if it has more controls imposed on it in an Institute of Arts and Ideas| debate, 'The End of Capitalism: A new global economics'. Watch the video >>|

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.

Sunday 11 May 2014

Kristof Titeca| writes about the US hunt for Kony in Al Jazeera. Read more >>|