Fieldwork and Travel

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    A Trip to Cumberland Lodge: Dancing Professors and the Environment

A Trip to Cumberland Lodge: Dancing Professors and the Environment

At the beginning of this month, a group of Development Management students had the opportunity to spend the weekend at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Park. They not only learned more about the complexity of environmental issues, but also discovered some of the academics’ hidden talents. Ebi Ameli gives an account of the weekend.

After five weeks of what can qualify […]

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    Deer stalking, pub quizzes and understanding the Ebola crisis in West Africa

Deer stalking, pub quizzes and understanding the Ebola crisis in West Africa

Last weekend, a group of International Development & Humanitarian Emergencies and the Health & International Development students embarked on the Cumberland Lodge trip, organised and accompanied by Professor Stuart Gordon and Professor Ernestina Coast.  Jamie Holton shares her experience.

The party – and some pre-party naps – started in the bus ride from LSE to Windsor Great Park. From the moment […]

Multi-methods research across continents: Land in Kenya

Professor Catherine Boone and her Spatial Inequalities in African Political Economy research team introduce us to the collaborative project between scholars in the UK, US, and Kenya…

Kenya has a long and complex history with regard to land.  Part of that history is the use of settlement schemes as a strategy for land distribution and agricultural development. Professor Catherine Boone of International […]

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    Evaluating the Remnants of the Washington Consensus – A Study on Water Privatization

Evaluating the Remnants of the Washington Consensus – A Study on Water Privatization

Sylvia Cesar, MSc Development Management 2017-2018, summarises her recently published article titled ‘Privatization of Water: Evaluating its Performance in the Developing World’. 

The 1990s Washington Consensus and structural adjustment recommendations have been widely criticized in the International Development sphere for several reasons. The literature has indicated that the social and political context in which these neo-liberal economic policies were implemented […]

The Risks of Hardened Borders in North Africa

Max Gallien and Matt Herbert comment on the risks of tightening border security between North African countries, where communities depend on smuggling cheap goods.
Over the past several years, North African countries have worked to heavily fortify their borders. A 200-kilometer (125-mile) trench, completed in February 2016, runs along the Tunisian–Libyan border. Twelve hundred kilometers (746 miles) to the west, two […]

Veni, vedi, quite a lot of vinci in the Bosphorus

Professor of Political Economy, Robert Wade, tells us about his swam across the Bosphorus for the From Asia to Europe open water swimming race. 

From Robert Wade, 23 July 2018:   

Returned to London last night from a quick two-day visit to Istanbul.  Purpose was to swim in the “From Asia to Europe” “race”, 6.5 kms. Event is organized once a year (this the […]

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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 […]