News and Media
The most recent news and media information from the department page is listed below. Older news and media items can found via the archive pages (left menu).
Ruben Andersson receives BBC accolade for migration study
Dr Ruben Andersson, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, has won the British Sociological Association / BBC Thinking Allowed (Radio 4) ethnography award for his book Illegality, Inc. Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe.
The book argues that increasing border controls are leading migrants to seek more dangerous routes to enter Europe. It is based on his PhD dissertation, which was awarded the 2014 IMISCOE dissertation award. One of the judges described Ruben's work as "a very beautifully written, very evocative book".
The shortlist was announced in last week’s Thinking Allowed and the programme will run a special feature on the book during this week's episode on Wednesday 22 April at 4pm.
Ken Shadlen takes Open Access Essay Prize for 2014
Ken Shadlen, along with Mark Manger (formerly of LSE), has been awarded the prize of best paper published in 2014 for the article ‘Political Trade Dependence and North-South Trade Agreements’. The pair received the Economics and Politics Section award from the Latin American Studies Association. The selection committee described their work as “a very strong contribution to understanding the political economy of international trade”.
Read more about the prizewinning essay and the judges' remarks >>
Rethinking GDP: Alumnus to challenge 'untouchable' growth indicators ahead of general election
GDP has become the most powerful statistic in human history and has been relied upon at every turn by the coalition government to demonstrate the credibility of its long-term economic plan. Ahead of the general election, former LSE alumnus Philipp Lepenies will question how GDP came to be indispensable as the indicator for progress, and demonstrate why any attempt to reduce the impact of this figure on policy needs to start by understanding how it came to occupy the throne in the first place.
See the dedicated event page here >>
Subterranean politics in Europe: Mary Kaldor in discussion
Professor Mary Kaldor discusses activism, Europe and the aftermath of the Greek elections with Ludovica Rogers and Hara Kouki. The conversation was organised by LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit in collaboration with Euro Crisis in the Press and with funding from the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE).
Watch the video here >>
Fraud at polls? Mozambique election data available here
Results down to polling station level for all of Mozambique's elections since 1999 have been posted on a new Election Research website, as part of an international research collaboration project. With the five-times defeated presidential candidate alleging all elections were stolen, this data set will allow detailed statistical analysis to support or contest these allegations. The data will also show political support and how it has changed, even at neighbourhood level.
See the entire collection of election data here >>
Read Joe Hanlon's introductory blog post here >>
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 >>
New massive open online course in citizen engagement
A new massive open online course (MOOC) is launching this month, 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 will be hosted by the Department of International Development on Thursday 19th March at 7pm.
Click here for more information >>
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 applications 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.
Click here for more information >>
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.
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 >>
New monograph by Dr Tasha Fairfield published by Cambridge
Dr Fairfield's latest book, Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America: Business Power and Tax Politics, has been published by Cambridge University Press. The book develops a theoretical framework that refines and integrates the classic concepts of businesses' 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.
Click here for more information >>
Former PhD student and Open Society Fellow publishes on Democracy in India
Prashant Sharma, a former PhD student of the Department, has published a new book on Democracy and Transparency in the Indian State. This monograph, which forms part of the Routledge South Asian Studies Series, looks at the underlying factors behind the national Right to Information Act (RTI) enacted in 2005.
More information and a publisher's discount are available here >>
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. Find out more >>
Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch presents at LSE on employment
On Wednesday 11 February, Kirsten Sehnbruch, Professor of Public Policy and the Director of the Centre for New Development Thinking at the Universidad de Chile, will present on employment in middle-income countries. The seminar will take place between 2:30pm and 4pm in OLD 3.28. Find out more >>
Felix Salmon lectures on sovereign debt
The prominent financial journalist, Felix Salmon, gave a public lecture in January 2015 on the sovereign debt crisis in Argentina. A summary of the evening, together with a Storify timeline, slideshow, and information about the podcast, can all be found here >>
Former student wins $20,000 essay contest
Susannah Robinson, a former MSc Development Studies student, has been awarded a grant of $20,000 after being named a winner of the 2014 Global Development Network Next Horizon essay contest. Her prize-winning essay, 'What goes up, must come down: the role of open data in improving aid accountability', was selected as one of 13 winning entries from 1,470 submissions. Read more on our blog >>
Monday 13 April 2015
Mary Kaldor discusses subterranean politics in Europe and the aftermath of the Greek elections in a conversation recorded in March. Watch the video here >>
Monday 30 March 2015
The audio and video recordings for our MOOC discussion event are now available. You can watch the full discussion (1 hr 37 mins), or listen to a high quality podcast.
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?' See the BBC documentary page here >>