Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice, 2020/21

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 online, which means we can host speakers from around the world, and also stream the series online, opening up further to a global audience! 

The series is convened by Professor in Practice, Duncan Green and  Professor James Putzel

LSE Students, Staff and Alumni register here
(you do not need to register if you are a ID student or staff)

Non-LSE audiences can stream the series and watch back via YouTube

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Full event schedule (Fridays from 4pm-6pm):  


(Joining from) 


Michaelmas Term     
Week 2;
9 th Oct

Jayati Ghosh

New Delhi
(watch back)

The Pandemic and the Indian government’s response 
Discussant: John Harriss

Week 3; 16th Oct


Danny Quah


Week 4; 23th Oct


Saleemul Huq


Human Induced Climate Change: Dealing with loss and damage
Discussant: Kathy Hochstetler

Week 5; 30th Oct

Deborah Brautigam; Folashade Soule-Kohndou and Shirley Ze Yu 
Baltimore, Oxford and London

Panel on China in Africa
Chair: James Putzel 

Week 7; 13th Nov

Branko Milanovic
New York

Capitalism Alone: The Future of the System that Rules the World
Discussant: Duncan Green

Week 8; 20th Nov

Jimi Adesina

Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa. A Lecture in honour of Thandika Mkandawire
Discussant: Kate Meagher

Week 9; 27th Nov

Nora Lustig
Washington DC

Inequality in Latin America: Markets,Covid-19 and Policies
Discussant: Jean-Paul Faguet 

Week 10;    4 th Dec

Clare Short

Reflecting on the demise of DfID
Discussant: James Putzel

Week 11; 11th Dec

Danny Quah

Global Power Shift to Asia: Great Power Competition in the Marketplace for World Order
Discussant: Robert Wade

Lent Term     
Week 1; 22th Jan

Ha-Joon Chang

Building Pro-Developmental Multilateralism – Towards a ‘New’ New International Economic Order'
Discussant: Richard Kozul-Wright

Week 2; 29th Jan

Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Decolonizing Academia
Discussant: Rishita Nandagiri

Week 3;   5th Feb

Yuen Yuen Ang

Unbundling Corruption: Why it Matters and How to Do It
Discussant: Mushtaq Khan

Week 4; 12th Feb

Kate Raworth

Doughnut Economics: turning a radical idea into irresistible practice
Discussant: Michael Jacobs

Week 7; 5th March


Mariana Mazzucato

A Mission Oriented Approach to Stakeholder Value
Discussant: Jonathan Di John

Week 8; 12th March



For any questions related to the online event series, please email