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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|.

Holly Porter

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."  

Read the thesis >>|


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 >>|


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 >>|


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 >>|

Decentralization and Popular Democracy

Decentralizing the Bolivian Way|

Dr Jean-Paul Faguet gave an interview at The World Bank recently on the subject of his award-winning book; 'Decentralisation and Popular Democracy: Governance from below in Bolivia'. Watch the interview here.

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'Unsere beste Waffe ist keine Waffe'|

German edition of Mary Kaldor's 'The ultimate weapon is no weapon' now available! Read more on the Security in Transition website here|.

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Dr Jean-Paul Faguet wins W.J.M. Mackenzie Book Prize|

Decentralization and Popular Democracy: Governance from Below in Bolivia (University of Michigan Press) by Dr Jean-Paul Faguet| of the Department of International Development has been awarded the Political Studies Association’s W.J.M. Mackenzie Book Prize.


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.


New ID Department Blog!|


We've just launched a new department blog. We hope to publish topical articles and general news regularly so please take a look to keep up to date with all things International


Lalji PfAL Scholarships - Apply before 13th May|


Through the generous support of the Lalji family and the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) Foundation, LSE is delighted to announce that it is making available a scholarship fund equivalent to 15 full scholarships to students from selected African countries for the MSc Development Management or the MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies (IDHE) starting in the academic year 2013/14.

South Sudan - From Revolution to Independence, Matthew LeRiche and Matthew Arnold

In his new book 'South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence'| Matthew LeRiche and co-author Matthew Arnold assess both the social and political dynamics that have fueled the country’s remarkable transformation and the pressures that threaten to tear its statehood apart. 

James Putzel

A major new report| by James Putzel underlines that aid and other forms of external intervention need to be better directed in the so‐called “fragile states” of the developing world. Professor Putzel and co-author Jonathan Di John argue that confusion permeates Western aid programmes in countries where states either face mounting violent challenges or are attempting reconstruction and state‐building in the wake of war.

Sabine Selchow

Dr Sabine Selchow joined a panel to discuss ‘The Eurozone and Democracy’ in BBC World Service’s programme ‘In the Balance’. Dr Selchow drew on a report that came out of a recent collaborative research project based at LSE, entitled ‘The Bubbling Up of Subterranean Politics in Europe’. You can read the report here:| and you can listen to the BBC programme here| . It was first broadcasted on 29 September 2012.

New and Old Wars

The 3rd, fully revised and updated edition of Mary Kaldor's New and Old Wars| is out now.

Jean Paul Faguet

Dr Faguet will be giving a series of lectures in Bolivia to mark the publication of his new book, Decentralization and Popular Democracy: Governance from Below in Bolivia. Find out more here|.

Decentralization and Popular Democracy

New Book by Dr Jean Paul Faguet 

Decentralization and Popular Democracy, Governance from Below in Bolivia|

Dr Faguet's new book examines the factors that determine the outcomes of national decentralization on the local level

Download this flyer for a 60% discount on the book's cover price||

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Recent awards in the the Department of International Development|

We are please to announce 4 new research awards for members of the Department of International Development. Follow the link above to read more.

Major Review Prize Winners|

It is with great pleasure that we announce Dr Elliott Green| and Dr Kate Meagher |are winners of this year's LSE Major Review. 

Major Review Awards are given to academic staff whose individual performance is judged to be outstanding. Quality of teaching, innovative approaches and development of teaching excellence are all considered in light of feedback from both students and colleagues.

Pakistan After Bin Laden: Free-fall or resurgence?|

7th June 2012

Speaker: Mr Ali Dayan Hasan. Chair: Professor Athar Hussain


LSE academic awarded NUS-Stanford University Distinguished Fellowship|

Dr Tim Forsyth (pictured), reader in the Department of International Development, has been awarded the Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford University Distinguished Fellowship on Contemporary Southeast Asia for the 2012-13 academic year.

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Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs|

In this public lecture, Muhammad Yunus describes a visionary new dimension for capitalism which he calls "social business".


We Don't Know How To Solve Global Poverty And That's A Good Thing|

This lecture argues that occasions when development economists were more certain about 'the solution to global poverty' have often led to harmful consequences for the world's poor in the long-run.


New Initiative by DESTIN alumni - The Global Urbanist|

The Global Urbanist is a news portal reviewing urban policy issues in cities throughout the developed and developing world.


International Development alum listed in World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Honourees 2010|

We are delighted to announce that Sangeeth Varghese, MSc Development Management 2004/5 is included in the WEF's Young Global Leaders list for 2010.


New Work on Intellectual Property and Late Development|

Kenneth Shadlen has three new publications on the politics of intellectual property. The work is part of his ongoing research programme on Intellectual Property and Late Development


New listserv to bring together ALL alumni

Please email Sue| for details.


Beyond Accra conference papers|

Conference papers are now available for Beyond Accra: Practical Implications of Ownership and Accountability in National Development Strategies


Postgraduate open evening podcasts|

Podcasts are now available from the postgraduate open evening.

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Professor Robert Wade awarded Leontief Prize|

Robert Wade has been awarded the 2008 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. The citation recognizes "the exceptional contributions ... to theoretical and practical understandings of equity and development, at global and local levels".

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Omar McDoom awarded the Michael Nicholson prize|

Omar McDoom (PhD 2009) was awarded the Michael Nicholson prize for best doctoral thesis in the field of International Studies by the British International Studies Association.