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    An experiment in participatory blogging on Ebola in Sierra Leone

An experiment in participatory blogging on Ebola in Sierra Leone

Professor in Practice Duncan Green interviews Professor Tim Allen and Melissa Parker to find out how and why they published a blog post ‘co-authored’ by the people of Mathiane, an Ebola affected village in Sierra Leone. 

Anthropologists do things differently, including blogging. My attention was piqued by Tim Allen’s reply to a commenter on his recent post (with Melissa Parker) on Ebola in Sierra Leone, in which he casually […]

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    LSE Development Management Students Team Up with the IDB in Haiti

LSE Development Management Students Team Up with the IDB in Haiti

MSc Development Management students Ben Gebhardt, Sharon Sagues, Cristina Viladomiu and Gen Kawasaki, tell us about their trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where they researched the city’s creative sectors as a means of economic growth.

The research trip informed the group’s Development Management consultancy project with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

In the past couple of decades, the international development community has paid […]

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    Top tips on how to get a reply to your emails – Duncan Green

Top tips on how to get a reply to your emails – Duncan Green

Professor in Practice, Duncan Green, shares some useful tips on how to get your emails answered.
Some of my LSE students are pulling their hair out. A number of them are doing consultancies for various bits of the aid industry. They have composed their requests for interviews, links, suggestions etc, hit ‘send’ and then…. Silence.

So short of doorstepping the unresponsive (which […]

Connectivity at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Dr Laura Mann presents the Connectivity at the Bottom of the Pyramid White Paper, co-written with Dr Kate Meagher. The White Paper follows on from a workshop held at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre in 2016, which brought together stakeholders to address the challenges of digital inclusion for workers at the bottom of the pyramid in Africa.

Last year, my colleague Kate Meagher and I organised a conference at the Rockefeller […]

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    The broken promise of solar cooking? The case of Goudoubo Refugee Camp

The broken promise of solar cooking? The case of Goudoubo Refugee Camp

Recent Msc in Environmental Policy and Regulation graduate, Isabella Troconis, tells us about her dissertation research on the potential of solar cooking in the Goudoubo Refugee Camp in Burkina Faso. 

(Featured image: Demonstration of blazing tube use in Saag-Nionigo camp (c) UNHCR 2015)

Can you imagine taking an average of five hours to cook just one meal or walking 20 km a day to get […]

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    What can other cities learn from Mexico City’s bike-sharing scheme?

What can other cities learn from Mexico City’s bike-sharing scheme?

Recent graduate in MSc Development Management, Naima von Ritter Figueres, investigates the success of Mexico City’s EcoBici Bike Sharing Scheme, which systematically broke down social barriers to provide opportunities of introducing the new mode of public transport, and questions if a similar approach could be applied in other megacities around the world. 

Most cities over the past few decades have been shaped by the […]

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    Politics and the cross-continental swim, Asia to Europe, at Istanbul: dangerous currents in both

Politics and the cross-continental swim, Asia to Europe, at Istanbul: dangerous currents in both

Professor Robert Wade travelled to Istanbul in late July 2017 to take part in the annual cross-continental 6.5 km swim “race” along the Bosphorus. Here he describes his experience as a participant in the race, as well as his time in a country that is going through great political change. 

I am hardly a long-distance swimmer, but I have been […]

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Re-Thinking Development Over the Long Run

Professor Faguet explains why political economy research on Latin America is on the verge of a major breakthrough, based on deep collaborations between historians, political scientists, economists and scientists further afield, exploring the drivers of divergent development patterns over not decades, but centuries and even millennia.

Why are some countries rich and others poor? Why did some countries, like the UK and […]

Where is the Water Crisis?

Usmaan Farooqui examines the everyday political and power-laden relationships that characterize Karachi’s water situation.

Preparing for a research trip to Pakistan, I spent hours reading about one of the most water stressed cities in the world. Karachi, I was shocked to discover, missed its daily water demand by a margin of over fifty percent. Within a few days of arriving I […]

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    Does the Brazilian presidential system shape environmental policy there?

Does the Brazilian presidential system shape environmental policy there?

In her latest publication, Kathy Hochstetler, examines environmental policies and outcomes during three successive presidential administrations in Brazil, and questions whether the Brazilian presidential system helps shape the country’s environmental policy.

Does the Brazilian presidential system shape environmental policy there? The comparative literature on environmental policy offers few reasons to think that it might. Most explanations of variations in the […]