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Department of International Development
6-8th Floors, Connaught House
London School of Economics and Political Science
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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 >>
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 >>
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 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 >>
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).
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.
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 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.
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, 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 >>
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 >