Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice, 2023-2024

The Cutting Edge Issues in Development series is back, and this year we have another fantastic line up of guest speakers from around the world working in the field of International Development. 

The new academic year has just started, and this means we are back with our exciting lecture series ‘Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice’! This visiting lecture series, which is hosted by the International Development Department, provides students and guests with invaluable insights into the practical world of international development.

This year, we move the series back to in-person for our students and staff, but we will continue to offer our online audience the chance to watch the lectures back via our YouTube channel, listen via the podcast series and read student reflections on our blog

The series is convened by Professor James Putzel and  Dr Laura Mann

Cutting Edge Lecture Poster_Autumn


View the full AT and WT schedule (Fridays from 4pm-6pm):

Autumn Term


Speaker + Discussant

Topic - click through for more lecture info

Week 1; 29th Sept


Dirk-Jan Koch 
Chief Science Officer of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Discussant: Clare Short, British politician


Book launch: Foreign aid and its unintended consequences

Week 2; 6th Oct


Ha-Joon Chang

In conversation with James Putzel, LSE


Confronting multiple Crises: A conversation with Ha-Joon Chang on the state of the world economy

Week 3; 13th Oct


Rafeef Ziadah
King's College London 

Discussant: Mai Taha, LSE

The Illusion of Disinterested Development: Exploring realities of militarism and aid in Palestine's captive economy

Week 4; 20th Oct


Rochelle Burgess
University College London

Discussant: Philipa Mladovsky, LSE

In search of repair: The necessity of community development to mental health improvements in contexts of adversity

Week 5; 27th Oct

Mark Lowcock

Yuliya Yurchenko
Greenwich University

Anna Matveeva
King's College London

David Luke

The Russia-Ukraine War: Consequences for global security and development

Week 7; 10th Nov

Mushtaq Khan and Pallavi Roy

Discussant: Jonathan Di John, SOAS

Making Anti-Corruption Real: A strategy for feasible reform in adverse contexts

Week 8; 17th Nov

Stephanie Barrientos
Manchester University

Discussant: Kate Meagher, LSE

Gender and Work in Global Value Chains: Capturing the gains?

Week 9; 24th Nov

Alfredo Saad Filho

Geoff Goodwin
Leeds University

Melany Cruz
Leicester University

The Latin American Left: Opportunities, challenges, and setbacks

Week 10; 1st Dec

Keyu Jin

Yunnan Chen
Overseas Development Institute

Weiwei Chen
Open University

Development or Dependence?: China's Investment and development finance in Africa

Winter Term


Speaker + Discussant

Topic - click through for more lecture info

Week 1; 19th Jan

Bronwen Everill
Cambridge University

Sheryllynne Haggerty
University of Hull and Guardian investigation

Cassandra Gooptar 
University of Hull andGuardian investigation


Slavery and British Development

Week 2; 26th Jan

Hong Yu
Mayling Birney Scholar from Zhejiang University

 Discussant: David Soskice, LSE

Bringing Cyberspace Down to Earth in China: From smart-cities to village digital projects

Week 3; 2nd Feb

Jayati Ghosh

Ndongo Samba Sylla
Rosa Luxemburg

Kevin Watkins

The debt and climate change precipice: How can the global majority cope?

Week 4; 9th Feb


Arkebe Oquaby
Gov of Ethiopia

Richard Kozul-Wright 

Industrial Policy Challenges in the Developing World

Week 5; 16th Feb

Ronald Herring
Cornell University

Discussant: Aniket Aga, Ashoka University

What the Gene-Editing Revolution Means For Rural Welfare, Global Futures and Social Justice

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