The LSE Department of International Development has recently launched a podcast of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice lecture series 2020-21. Cutting Edge Issues is an annual visiting lecture series coordinated by Dr Duncan Green, Professor in Practice in the Department, and Professor James Putzel, Professor of Development Studies. These talks provide students and guests with invaluable insights into the practical world of international development, with guest lecturers from different development organisations and research institutes sharing their expertise and inviting discussion on an exciting range of issues, from responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, to climate change policy, to decolonising academia. During the academic year 2020-21, we moved the series online, which meant we could host fantastic speakers from around the world and stream the series, opening up the lectures to a global audience. The programme for the 2021-22 Cutting Edge Issues Lecture Series, which will also run online, is coming soon.
This podcast series – and all other LSE ID podcasts, from our archive and going forward – are now available on all major streaming platforms including Apple, Spotify, Google and Amazon. We will be releasing a new Cutting Edge Issues podcast on a different topic every Thursday, and you can find a schedule of recent and upcoming episodes below.
- Episode 1: Jayati Gosh – The Pandemic and the Indian government’s response | Discussant: John Harriss
“How did we end up in such a mess? How did we manage to do everything wrong? We destroyed the economy, we didn’t contain the disease and ended up with the worst possible word – a real dystopia” – Jayati Gosh
- Episode 2: Saleemul Huq – Human Induced Climate Change: Dealing with loss and damage | Discussant: Kathy Hochstetler
“We used to think and talk about a year like 2020 being the hottest year in the last decade. We need to look at it in another way; it’s going to be the coolest year for the next ten years. Next year is going to be even hotter and continue, we are headed in a direction of more impacts of climate change and we’re going to have to deal with the loss and damage in every country and globally ” – Saleemul Huq
- Episode 3: Panel on China in Africa – Deborah Brautigam; Folashade Soule-Kohndou and Shirley Ze Yu | Discussant: Robert Wade
- Episode 4: Branko Milanovic – Capitalism Alone: The Future of the System that Rules the World | Discussant: Duncan Green
- Episode 5: 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
- Episode 6: Nora Lustig – Inequality in Latin America: Markets,Covid-19 and Policies | Discussant: Jean-Paul Faguet
- Episode 7: Clare Short – Reflecting on the demise of DfID | Discussant: James Putzel
- Episode 8: Danny Quah – Global Power Shift to Asia: Great Power Competition in the Marketplace for World Order | Discussant: Robert Wade
- Episode 9: Ha-Joon Chang – Building Pro-Developmental Multilateralism: Towards a ‘New’ New International Economic Order’ | Discussant: Richard Kozul-Wright
- Episode 10: Akosua Adomako Ampofo – Decolonizing Academia | Discussant: Rishita Nandagiri
- Episode 11: Yuen Yuen Ang – Unbundling Corruption: Why it Matters and How to Do It | Discussant: Mushtaq Khan
- Episode 12: Kate Raworth – Doughnut Economics: turning a radical idea into irresistible practice | Discussant: Michael Jacobs
- Episode 13: Mariana Mazzucato – A Mission Oriented Approach to Stakeholder Value | Discussant: Jonathan Di John
You can also watch back all the lectures in the 2020-21 series on the LSE ID YouTube channel.
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