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).
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.
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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.
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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 >>
Research Excellence Framework results in - LSE tops tables!
The latest Research Excellence Framework results confirm that since 2009, the LSE's Department of International Development has become established as one of the leading departments of International Development study in the UK. Read more on our blog >>
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 >>
LSE Fellow Alyson Smith awarded PhD
Alyson Smith, a fellow in the department since 2011, has been awarded her PhD for the doctoral thesis 'Post-conflict in Rwanda: uncovering hidden factors in the gender policy context'. Her work examines the integration of gender policies into post-conflict policies and the political impact of international aid within post-conflict settings.
Thandika Mkandawire receives prestigious Africa-America Institute award
The Africa-America Institute (AAI) presented Professor Thandika Mkandawire with the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award during a gala in New York. Read more and watch a video of the ceremony >>
Cedric Smith Prize 2014 - Conflict Research Society
Dr Mareike Schomerus was named runner-up for the Cedric Smith Prize 2014 for an extract from her LSE PhD thesis ‘The Lord's Resistance Army in the Juba Talks: Syncopated rhythms in conflict resolution’. The prize is awarded by the Conflict Research Society for the best piece of peace and conflict research.
The panel of judges said: "[This work] concerns itself with a field of literature which is well developed, but it does add value both in the analysis and in the narrative around the case study. The distinction between the connect-disconnect modes of engagement on the one hand and the ‘galvanic surge’ on the other is an important and original insight with wider significance, as the writer ably suggests in the conclusion. The ‘alternating current’ metaphor is powerful and useful."
The thesis was also nominated for the Peace Science Society's 2014 Walter Isard Award for the Best Dissertation in Peace Science. Read the thesis here.
Visiting fellow is runner-up for 2014 Audrey Richards Prize
Dr Holly Porter, Visiting Fellow and Lead Researcher for JSRP, been named as one of three runners up for her doctoral dissertation in 2014's Audrey Richards Prize. This year the judges an unprecedented 22 nominations and the standard was remarkably high. Dr Porter's research focuses on gender, sexual violence, social healing and justice, particularly on women’s experiences after rape in northern Uganda, where she has lived and worked since 2005.
In announcing Dr Porter's award, the judges said: "It is of enormous credit to you that your research should figure among the final four dissertations. The judges very much enjoyed reading your work."
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