Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof James Putzel CON.8.03 and Dr Laura Mann CON.7.10


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Management (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Economic Policy for International Development, MSc in Health and International Development and MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. This course is available on the MSc in Political Economy of Late Development. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

It is a compulsory course for all ID students.

Course content

The objective of the course is to introduce students to some of the most important and innovative voices and ideas in contemporary development debates, both from the academic and practitioner communities, which will both facilitate their `career paths’ and also contribute to learning in courses and consultancy projects. Each week speakers from different disciplines, development organisations or research institutes will speak to students about a “hot topic” in development policy and research work. Previous speakers have included senior economists, serving and former Government Ministers, NGO chief executives and senior staff, innovative academic researchers and consultants, among others.


16 hours of lectures in the AT. 10 hours of lectures in the WT.

Lectures will be followed by open discussion and debate. There will be a reading week in Week 6.


This course is not assessed.

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2022/23: 348

Average class size 2022/23: Unavailable

Controlled access 2022/23: No

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (MT & LT)

Value: Non-credit bearing

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