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Welcome to the LSE’s Department of International Development (formerly DESTIN) Alumni page.

Your relationship with the department shouldn't end once you have completed your degree, so we are currently developing our alumni network. We will be using these pages to keep you up-to-date on the latest news and events, so please drop by regularly to stay informed.

Getting Involved

Social Media

Alumni are invited to keep in touch with their classmates by joining our ever growing Department of International Development LinkedIn group.

You can also follow our department updates on Facebook and Twitter. Send us your updates and if we can publicize them, we will!

Department Blog

We are always keen to include alumni voices within our International Development Blog. You'll see that we have a whole category dedicated to our former students.

So if you want to tell us more about your experiences at LSE, how your degree has shaped your career, or about any recent achievements (publications, etc), please get in touch!

International Development Blog

We are looking for graduates who would like to be profiled on our site or speak to us about their careers and experiences since graduating. Please email if you are interested in being involved. 

LSE Alumni Association

LSE has alumni groups around the world and an extensive programme of events in London. Additional benefits include the biannual alumni magazine LSE Connect and access to the Careers Services, the Library, and the Alumni Professional Mentoring Network. For more, see LSE Advancement.

Latest Alumni News

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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 >>

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 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 >>

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DESTIN alumnus attempts Guinness World Record

Former DESTIN student Edward Stevens attempted to break the Guinness World Record last week for the fastest marathon in a zentai suit.

Running as ‘Practical Action Man’ and donning a skin-tight morph suit, Ed was hoping to break the 2 hr 48 minute record for the new category established only weeks before the race.

Find out how he fared on our blog >>


Rethinking GDP: Alumnus challenges '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, LSE alum Dr Philipp Lepenies discussed how GDP came to be indispensable as the indicator for progress, and demonstrated 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 >>