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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).


Engaging Citizens MOOC


Professor James Putzel on the battle over Marawi City

Over the past two weeks, Professor Putzel has been providing media commentary concerning the battle over Marawi City between Philippine
government troops and ISIS-linked Islamist armed groups. He says only an acceleration of the implementation of a stalled Peace Agreement can avoid the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in the Philippines.

You can view a clip of Professor Putzel on BBC World here

Mayling Birney

Dr Mayling Birney on BBC World Service

Dr Birney appeared on the BBC Newshour (BBC World Service radio) on Tuesday 12 June, giving her comments on China's recent crack down on fake economic data despite it being a long-standing problem. 

You can listen to her comments here (26:36 - 29:55)

Sheikh Zayed Lecture

ID department hiring two part-time Teaching Fellows

The Department of International Development is looking for two part-time Teaching Fellows to contribute to advising and teaching on the MSc in Development Management, including the Development Management Project and related components during the 17/18 academic year.

Further details on each post can be found here.

Geoffery Swenson

Dr Geoffrey Swenson awarded the 2016 Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Thesis Prize

Congratulations to Geoffrey Swenson, who has won the Bapsybanoo Marchioness of Winchester Thesis Prize 2016 for a paper entitled Addressing Crises of Order: Judicial State-building in the Wake of Conflict. The Winchester Prize is awarded by University of Oxford Social Sciences for the most outstanding thesis in area of International Relations, with particular reference to human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Geoffrey completed his DPhil in International Relations at Oxford University on post-conflict judicial state-building in legally pluralist settings.


New book from Professor Kaldor: International Law and New Wars

Professor Mary Kaldor and Professor Christine Chinkin’s new book, International Law and New Wars examines how international law, largely constructed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, rests to a great extent on the outmoded concept of war drawn from European experience - inter-state clashes involving battles between regular and identifiable armed forces. The book shows how different approaches are associated with different interpretations of international law, and, in some cases, this has dangerously weakened the legal restraints on war established after 1945. It puts forward a practical case for what it defines as second generation human security and the implications this carries for international law.

Click here to find out about the book launch.
Click here to pre-order your book.

Dr Jean-Paul Faguet

Conference on Long-Range Development in Latin America

The inaugural LSE-Stanford-Universidad de los Andes Conference on Long-Range Development in Latin America will take place in Stanford on 11-12 May. The papers presented by co-organiser, Professor Jean Paul Faguet, are a blend of politics, economics and history, and trace the intellectual frontiers of long-run development in Latin America and beyond. They will be publicly available soon.

More about the event here


Tim runs London Marathon

A huge congratulations to Professor Tim Allen for completing the London Marathon on Sunday in just under five hours!

As many of you know, in 2000 Tim was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. After a year of treatment, the cancer returned and the only way to save his life was to find an unrelated bone marrow donor. The Anthony Nolan Trust finds such people, and Tim is still alive, because someone he had never met was willing to provide bone marrow to attempt a transplant. Each year, Tim runs the London Marathon to remember what the donor did for him, and to raise funds for the Nolan Trust.

Please sponsor Tim, even if it is just for a small amount.

Sponsor Tim's run here.                


ID department hiring Guest Teacher for Comparative Political Economy

The Department of International Development would like to hire a Guest Teacher for a postgraduate course on Comparative Political Economy. Candidates should have completed a PhD in a social science discipline such as Development Studies, International Relations, Politics, or Sociology (or similar subjects).

You can view the full job description here

Holly Porter Visiting Fellow, Lead Researcher (JSRP) London School of Economics

Book launch for After Rape                      

This event on the evening of the 9th of May, hosted by Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, marks the publication of Holly Porter’s new book After Rape: violence, justice and social harmony in Uganda. Holly Porter will talk about the book with Adam Branch from Cambridge University and the event will be chairs by Professor Tim Allen, Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre and Head of the Department for International Development.                      

Click here to reserve your space for the talk  


Professor Robert Ashford to talk at LSE in May

Professor Robert Ashford, Distinguished Professor of Law at Syracuse University, will deliver a public talk in May at The London School of Economics. To coincide with a new book, he will suggest a new approach to making employment and growth more sustainable by broadening capital ownership, using the earnings of capital.

Find out more about the event here.

After Raper Holly Porter

After Rape, the new book from Dr Holly Porter

Drawing upon abundant fieldwork and in-depth interviews with almost 200 women, Dr Holly Porter, Research Fellow from the department and Lead Researcher for the Justice and Security Research Programme, examines issues surrounding wrongdoing and justice, and sexual violence and rape, among the Acholi people in northern Uganda.

Find out more about the book here.


Applications now open for LSE-UCT July School

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) are delighted to offer the fifth LSE-UCT July School from 17 - 28 July 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

This innovative and prestigious two-week 'summer school' style programme provides the highest calibre students, graduates and professionals from across the globe with an exciting opportunity to study important social science issues relevant to Africa today across subject areas as diverse as international relations, economics, management, government, geography, law, media and social policy.

Click here to apply for the summer school.


Congratulations to Dr Sandra Sequeira

Congratulations to Dr Sandra Seqeira who has been promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor in Development Economics. 
Dr Seqeira is also Lead Academic for the International Growth Centre’s Mozambique programme. Her research applies a combination of experimental and quasi-experimental methods to three broad themes in development economics: infrastructure and growth, private sector development in developing countries and the economic costs of bureaucratic corruption.

You can see Dr Sandra Sequeira's full profile here.

Max Gallien, PhD Student, International Development

PhD student Max Gallien wins ESRC Writing Competition

A huge congratulations to Max Gallien, PhD student in the Department of International Development, for recently being announced of one of only four prize winners in the highly prestigious ESRC Writing Competition. Max’s entry “Researching the informal economy teaches us about the lives of the most vulnerable in our society” was runner up in the competition which is run in partnership with SAGE publications.

You can read Max Gallien's entry for the competition here.


Dr Tasha Fairfield to join Stanford Univeristy as fellow                      

Tasha Fairfield will be a 2017-2018 fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, where she will be working on a book project, “Social Inquiry and Bayesian Inference: Rethinking Qualitative Research.”  Her article with A.E. Charman, "Explicit Bayesian analysis for process tracing: guidelines, opportunities, and caveats," is forthcoming in Political Analysis. 


Professor Tim Forsyth receives grant to research resilience in Nepal and Myanmar                 

Tim Forsyth has won a grant funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to conduct research on the resilience and access to sustainable growth in upland Nepal and Myanmar. The grant which is equivalent to £350,000. Tim, the principle investigator with collaborators in Oxford and East Anglia, will be investigating how livelihood transitions in upland, and post-conflict villages in Nepal and Myanmar change what we think about risk and resilience, including resilience to climate change.


Mary Kaldor awarded BISA Distinguished Contribution Prize

Professor Mary Kaldor was awarded the Distinguished Contribution Prize by the British International Studies Association (BISTA). The prize recognises an individual’s contribution to the promotion of excellence in the discipline of International Studies over a substantial period of time. The award also recognises the distinction in the intellectual development and the leadership of the discipline, as well as acknowledging the considerable prestige added by the individual to International Studies in the UK and beyond.                        

Find out more about BISA here.


Stuart Gordon at the IWM

Dr Stuart Gordon has been featured in a video interview at the Imperial War Museum for an exhibition about the British arrival in Helmand. The exhibition examines the British arrival in the Afghan province in 2006 and the decisions that shaped the way the conflict escalated, exploring the impact the period had on those who were there and the lessons learnt from the deployment.                      

Find out more about the exhibition here.


Development Management Student Releases Debut Book                      

MSc Development Management student and Khattar Scholar, Agnes Chew, released her first debut nonfictional book, titled The Desire for Elsewhere, at the Singapore Writers Festival 2016.                      

You can find out more about the book here.

Dr Pritish Behuria, Teaching Fellow, International Development

Pritish Behuria Interviewed by Radio France International

Pritish Behuria, Visiting Fellow of the department, was interviewed by Radio France International about Agaciro in Rwanda. This follows on from his recent publication in The Journal of Eastern African Studies about the subject.  

You can listen to the interview here.

Diego Sanchez Ancochea. Photo QEH. Nov 2016

Book launch: The Quest for Universal Social Policy in the South. Thursday 28 February, 6.30pm, 32L.G.03 

Universal social policies have the power to reduce inequality and create more cohesive societies. But how can countries in the South deliver universalism? Diego Sánchez-Ancochea (together with Juliana Martínez Franzoni) answers this question through a comparative analysis of Costa Rica, Mauritius, South Korea, and Uruguay, and a detailed historical account of Costa Rica’s successful trajectory in a new book.

You can find out more about the event here 


LSE ranked 3rd best university in the world for Development Studies

QS TopUniversities has ranked The London School of Economics the third best university in the world for Development Studies. LSE jumped two places from the previous year, topping both Oxford and Cambridge University, and is the only university on the list to have scored full marks for research impact.   

You can see the full list of universities here 


Development Management consultancy project presents report to leaders in the field

A small team of students from the MSc Development Management 2015/2016 course presented a successful report last week in collaboration with Charities Aid Foundation at the pre-launch event for their research. 

You can read their article for the department blog here 


International Development students have their paper published by the Inter-American Development Bank

A group of students from last year’s Development Management class have had their constancy project published for the Inter-American Development Bank. The paper analyses the different ways in which big data can be leveraged to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of governments in Latin America and the Caribbean by using five case studies. 

You can download and read the paper by following this link 

Tasha Fairfield - Private Wealth Public Revenue

Dr Tasha Fairfield wins the Donna Lee Van Cott Award for best book on political institutions 

Dr Fairfield, an Assistant Professor in Development Studies in the Department of International Development has been awarded the 2016 Donna Lee Van Cott Award for best book on political institutions for her book Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2015). The committee for the prize described it as "both theoretically and empirically rich and persuasive in showing the impact of business power in reforming tax policy across and within countries". They went on to say that they "found particularly compelling the way in which the book brings social movements into the picture to explain how movements in the street can change the balance of power between states and business and empower states to pass anti-business tax reforms."


New Report - "From Hybrid Peace to Human Security: Rethinking EU Strategy towards Conflict"

The latest report by the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit proposes that the European Union adopts a second generation human security approach to conflicts, as an alternative to Geo-Politics or the War on Terror.

Read the full report here


Professor Jean-Paul Faguet speaks at World Bank

On Wednesday 10 February Professor Jean-Paul Faguet spoke at an event at the World Bank entitled "Is Decentralization Good for Development: Perspectives from Academics & Policy Makers", where he discussed his research from his book of the same name.

A video of the event can be found here


Programme for African Leadership scholarships available for 2016

PfAL is delighted to announce that scholarship funds are available for bright African students applying to select Masters programmes for the upcoming 2016/17 academic year. There is a three-stage application process, with an initial deadline of 4 March 2016 for the first phase. Click the link for more information and for the Pre-Application Form. 

Find out more about the scholarships here.



Professor Kaldor receives honorary award at University of Sussex graduation

On Friday 22 January Mary Kador was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sussex for her  academic excellence and her contribution on issues of humanitarian security and the new causes of war. The award  was conferred to her by the Chancellor of the University, actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar at Brighton’s Dome, where the University’s winter graduation ceremonies took place.


Geoff Faraday

International Development student awarded New Zealand Gallantry Star

LSE International Development postgraduate student, Geoff Faraday, awarded New Zealand Gallantry Star for two acts of extraordinary bravery while serving as an army major in a United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. Read more about Geoff's award on the International Development blog 


Property and Political Order in Africa by Catherine Boone

Prestigious Awards for Professor Catherine Boone

The Department of International Development is delighted to announce that Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics by Catherine Boone has been awarded Best Book 2015 by African Politics Conference Group of the American Political Science Assocation and the ASA Herskovitz Award Honorable Mention 2015 for the best book published in English in African Studies in the last two years by the African Studies Association (ASA).



Jean-Paul Faguet promotes new book across South America

Professor Jean-Paul Faguet has spent the last week in South America promoting his new book, Is Decentralization Good for Development? He gave the keynote address at the LACEA/World Bank/IDB/UNDP Research Network on Inequality and Poverty, as well as lectures at the Catholic University of Bolivia, and the UMSA, the main public university in La Paz. He has also faced a live TV interview on one of Bolivia’s main current affairs programmes, 'A Todo Pulmón'.



Mayling Birney discusses the Magna Carta on BBC's Newshour

Mayling Birney featured on the BBC’s Newshour this week, talking about the late diversion of the Magna Carta exhibition from Renmin University in Beijing to the British Ambassador’s Residence. Dr Birney considered why the authorities are limiting public access to the 800-year-old document. The audio and transcript are available on the International Development blog.


Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International (Photo credit: Oxfam)

Winnie Byanyima captivates audience at LSE

Oxfam International is moving its headquarters from Oxford to Nairobi, the charity's executive director Winnie Byanyima announced on Monday. Her public lecture, ‘Is Africa Rising’, spoke about issues of investment, inequality and tax manipulation in Africa and was very well received by a sell-out audience. A summary and podcast are available on the International Development blog.


Richard Youngs - The Puzzle of Non-Western Democracy

Reviving Global Democracy: book launch on 11 November

The Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit is hosting a panel discussion for the launch of Richard Youngs' new book, The Puzzle of Non-Western Democracy, on Wednesday 11 November. The evening will feature Richard Youngs, Mukulika Banerjee and Senem Aydin-Düzgit, and will be chaired by Professor Mary Kaldor.

More information can be found on our events page.


Is Decentralization Good for Development? ed. Jean-Paul Faguet and Caroline Poschl (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Is Decentralization Good for Development?

A collection of essays co-edited by Professor Jean-Paul Faguet and recent PhD graduate Caroline Poschl has been published by Oxford University Press. Is Decentrization Good for Development combines academics of decentralization and policymakers who have implemented reform at the highest levels of administration.

More information about the book is available here.

A launch event for the book will take place on Wednesday 2 December (with details to follow on our events page).


Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International (Photo credit: Oxfam)

African nationals headline autumn events programme

The Department is delighted to host three public lectures by highly acclaimed African speakers as part of its autumn events programme.

In October, Winnie Byanyima (pictured), Executive Director of Oxfam UK, will reflect on her experiences growing up in Uganda and how we must tackle crises of inequality in Africa. Read more >>

In November, Professor Attahiru Jega, the former Chair of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, will present ‘Giving Democracy a Chance’ as part of the Africa Talks initiative. Read more >>

Finally, in another Africa Talk, successful academic and author Professor Alcinda Honwana will visit us to speak about youth protests driving political change in Africa. Read more >>



LSE Fellow awarded two-year Leverhume grant

Anna Macdonald, a fellow with the Justice and Security Research Programme, has been awarded a British Academy / Leverhulme grant (together with former LSE fellow Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock) to undertake a two-year project on the role of magistrates courts in South Africa and Uganda in shaping political subjectivities.



Migration expert Andersson discusses Calais crisis on BBC

Ruben Andersson, a postdoctoral research fellow and an expert on migration and border control, has been discussing the situation in Calais on BBC Radio Scotland. Ruben features 14 mins 30 secs into the show, which is available until the end of August.

For more about the broadcast, click here >>


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PhD graduate co-authors new study on medical care

Paula Giovagnoli (MSc Development Studies 2005, PhD 2013) has co-authored a new Policy Research Working Paper entitled ‘Long-Run Effects of Temporary Incentives on Medical Care Productivity’ for the World Bank Group.

This paper uses a randomized field experiment to examine the effects of temporary financial incentives paid to medical care clinics for the initiation of prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Read the paper in full here >>


Gustavo de Freitas Morais

No Boring Day: Intellectual Property Lecture with QMUL

The Department is co-hosting an event with the Centre of Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. Gustavo de Freitas Morais, engineer and attorney in Brazil, will present at ‘No Boring Day: IP Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Issues in Brazil’ on Friday 3 July. He will address the Brazilian intellectual property scene, which is constantly changing and the source of conflict, particularly with in the life sciences.



Teddy Brett article launches new ANGLE e-journal

A new article by Teddy Brett, ‘Explaining the Capitalist Crisis’, featured in the launch of a new online journal hosted by Imperial College. Described as ‘brilliant’ by reviewers, the article derives from a debate that took place on the department blog back in 2013.

Follow the debate from here >>


Mario Ferro, CEO Wedu and former MSc student in International Development

Women's leadership campaigner hosts careers workshop

Mario Ferro (MSc Development Management 2009), CEO of Wedu, delivered a careers workshop to students last month about social entrepreneurship and impact investing.

Mario kindly agreed to answer a few questions on the major issues raised during the afternoon, including consultancy projects, the value of fieldwork, and vital tips for starting a social enterprise.

Read the full interview here >>


Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch, University of Chile

Visiting researcher pens "academic bestseller"

A recent paper co-authored by visiting professor, Kirsten Sehnbruch, is among the most downloaded papers of the Cambridge Political Economy Society for 2014. 'The Quality of Employment and Decent Work', written with Brendan Burchell, Agnieszka Piasna and Nurjk Agloni, won the Editor's Choice award and was made open access for a year.

The article explores the development of concepts related to the 'quality of employment', from studies of job satisfaction to more  comprehensive overviews of employment quality.

See the article here >>



Three named in Class Teacher Awards

Congratulations to Hazel Gray, Anna Macdonald, and Silvia Masiero, who have all been awarded Class Teacher Awards for 2015. These awards are nominated by departments in recognition of the special contribution made by graduate teaching assistants and teaching fellows.

The Teaching Awards Reception took place on 5th May at The Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.


Portia Roelofs, PhD student in International Development

Portia Roelofs takes award from 2015 Research Festival

PhD student Portia Roelofs has gained a "highly commended" Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) award for her photograph, "Abeokuta: Development with a 'human face'?".

Portia works on African politics (with particular attention to Nigeria), and is interested in issues surrounding gender, corruption, and governance and accountability.

Read more about her entry on our blog >>


Tasha Fairfield - Private Wealth Public Revenue

Book launch event on Wednesday 13 May

The launch event for Dr Tasha Fairfield’s new book, Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America, took place on Wednesday 13th May.

Dr Fairfield, Assistant Professor in International Development and Affiliate Professor in Government, discussed her book with Robert Falkner (International Relations) and David Soskice (Government).


Professor Tim Allen with nine of his ten London Marathon medals

Professorial trio flourish in running endeavours

The Department would like to congratulate its trio of Professorial runners - Jude Howell, Tim Allen, and Robert Wade - for their recent athletic and fundraising triumphs.

Find out more on our blog, which includes the news of how DESTIN alumnus Ed Stevens fared in his Guinness World Record attempt as Practical Action Man.


Professor Tim Dyson, International Development

Tim Dyson gives keynote address at United Nations Commission

Tim Dyson gave the keynote address on the first day of the forty-eighth session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development in New York (13 April). Professor Dyson's speech is available to watch online, and begins 1h 30 minutes into the session.



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.

Read more on our blog >>


Ken Shadlen

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 >>


Dr Philipp Lepenies, IASS Potsdam

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 >>


Mary Kaldor discusses subterranean politics in Europe in the aftermath of the Greek elections

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 >>


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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 >>


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) 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

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.




Tim Dyson's keynote speech at the UN Commission on Population and Development, New York (April 2015)

Monday 28 December 2015

Stuart Gordon, Assistant Professor in Managing Humanitarianism, was interviewed in the Guardian about the impact that conflict has on humanitarian works across the world. Read the article here >>

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Pritish Behuria, Teaching Fellow in Development Studies, was interviewed by Deutche Welle regarding the third term debate in Rwanda and its impact on domestic Rwandan politics and the region. Listen to the interview here >>

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Following the recent attacks in Paris LSE International Development Professor Mary Kaldor discusses why another "War on Terror" won't work, in an article written for The Nation. Read the article here >>

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Benjamin Chemouni, Teaching Fellow in Development Studies, was interviewed live on Al-Jazeera television last weekend and on Radio RFI [Les Voix du Monde] last week on the crisis in Burundi. He has also undertaken two interviews with Deutche Welle. The first can be found here and the second is available here.

Friday 30 October 2015

Dr Mayling Birney was interviewed this week by the New York Times about China's shift to a two-child policy. See the article here >>

Mayling recently featured on the BBC’s Newshour, talking about the late diversion of the Magna Carta exhibition from Renmin University in Beijing to the British Ambassador’s Residence. Listen to Dr Birney's interview here >>

Friday 23 October 2015

PhD graduate Alaa Tartir was a speaker at the World Bank's panel on 'Fragility in Middle Income Countries: New ideas for unique challenges', which took place on 8 October. A video recording of the panel (in which Alaa speaks from 43:40 to 51:30) can be found here >>

Monday 5 October 2015

Carlota Perez, Centennial Professor in the Department, features in a CNN report about reducing global poverty. Read the article here >>

Tuesday 29 September 2015

Professor Tim Forsyth features in a Deutsche Welle (DW) article about the battle between growth and conversation in Cambodia, notably the illegal clearing of the Central Cardamom Protected Forest.

Friday 4 September 2015

Alaa Tartir, a former PhD student in International Development and now the Program Director of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, has co-authored an article on Palestine for Le Monde diplomatique.

Friday 31 July 2015

Ruben Andersson, a postdoctoral research fellow and an expert on migration and border control, has been discussing the situation in Calais on BBC Radio Scotland. Ruben features 14 mins 30s into the show, which is available until the end of August.

Wednesday 22 July

Professor Danny Quah features in a Bloomberg Business article about 1MDB, a recent financial scandal in Malaysia. Danny believes that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has lost momentum in his quest to turn Malaysia into a developed nation by 2020.

Monday 20 July

Professor Mary Kaldor has featured in articles by openDemocracy and the Strife journal this week. openDemocracy published the speech she gave at the IBEI graduation ceremony in June, while the Strife journal (KCL) published an interview about Mary's inspirations and her career in research.

Monday 6 July 2015

Silvia Masiero, a research fellow specialising in ICT4D, has written a column for the 'Ideas For India' webzine about the leakage crisis affecting India's subsidised food programme. See a summary on our blog >>

Thursday 2 July 2015

PhD student Emrys Schoemaker features in The Guardian's recent article on Pakistan's reaction to the rainbow profile pictures on Facebook. Read more from Emrys on our blog >>

Wednesday 1 July 2015

A video of Robert Wade discussing 'new bubbles and troubles in the financial system' at the University of Oslo is now available. He is joined by Ola Storeng, a journalist and economics editor at Afterposten, and members of the Centre for Development and Environment at the university.

Monday 20 June 2015

James Putzel and Robert Wade have published in the Financial Times concerning the possible Greek exit from the Euro. See the exchange here >>

Monday 1 June 2015

Four videos for our MSc programmes have recently been released. All of these are available on YouTube, with transcriptions and feedback also available on our blog.

Wednesday 20 May 2015

PhD student, Benjamin Chemouni, has made several television appearances as a political analyst on the military coup in Burundi. You can see captures of Ben on Al Jazeera English and the BBC World News via our Facebook page.

Monday 11 May 2015

The podcast and Powerpoint presentation from Philipp Lepenies' lecture, 'The Power of a Single Number: A political history of GDP' [28/04], are now available. You can play or download these from the event page >>

Thursday 30 April 2015

Tim Dyson (above) gave the keynote address on the first day of the forty-eighth session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development in New York (13 April). Professor Dyson's speech is available to watch online, and begins 1h 30 minutes into the session.

Thursday 23 April 2015

Ruben Andersson's Illegality, Inc. Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe featured on BBC Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed' on Wednesday 22 April after being awarded the British Sociological Association ethnography award. Listen to the show again here >>

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 >

"I try to speak truth to power" Gearty Grillings - Tim Allen, March 2015