The 2020 Great Development Dialogue

Hosted by the Department of International Development

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE


Professor Deborah James FBA

Professor of Anthropology

Dr Gharad Bryan

Lecturer in Economics

Professor Maitreesh Ghatak

Professor of Economics

Professor David Graeber

Professor of Anthropology

Professor Kathryn Hochstetler

Professor of International Development


Professor Jean-Paul Faguet

Professor Jean-Paul Faguet

Professor of the Political Economy of Development

The Great Development Dialogue is a yearly event sponsored by the LSE’s Department of International Development. 

The debate serves two purposes: (1) to explore some of the deepest and most vexing questions in development from an explicitly cross-disciplinary perspective; and (2) to shine a light on what the disciplines can and cannot tell us about economic and social development.  Past dialogues have featured speakers like Ha-Joon Chang, John Sutton, Danny Quah, and Robert Wade.

This year’s event will begin with the political economy of land, and then move onto broader issues of what economics, anthropology and political science can and cannot teach us about development. The event will feature more speakers from more varied perspectives than in the past: Deoborah James and David Graeber (anthropology), Maitreesh Ghatak and Gharad Bryan (economics), and Kathryn Hochstetler (international development).

The format is Q&A, first from the chair and then from the audience.  All welcome!

Please note the change in speakers - Sir Timothy Besley and Mukulika Banerjee are no longer able to make the event. Dr Gharad Bryan from The department of Economics will be taking Sir Timothy Besley place and Dr Deborah James will take Mukulika Banerjee's place. 

About the speakers

Deoborah James (@djameslse) is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at LSE. 

David Graeber (@davidgraeber) is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at LSE. 

Maitreesh Ghatak (@maitreesh) is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE. 

Dr Gharad Bryan is Lecturer in Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE.

Professor Kathryn Hochstetler (@hochstet) is Professor of International Development in the Department of International Development at LSE.

About the chair

Jean-Paul Faguet (@jpfaguet) is Professor of the Political Economy of Development and Programme Co-Director in Development Management Department of International Development in the Department of International Development at LSE. 

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEDevDialogue20

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