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    The Dilemma in the EU Mercosur Trade Deal and its Role in the Protection of the Amazon

The Dilemma in the EU Mercosur Trade Deal and its Role in the Protection of the Amazon

Guest blogger Marcus Walsh, postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Europe, questions whether the EU Mercosur framework protects the Amazon Rainforest or if it has exacerbated the prioritisation of business interests. 

In reacting to the recent fires in the Amazon as a result of prioritization of business interests by the Brazilian administration, the EU Commission has stated […]

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    The UK’s Voluntary National Review of the SDGs – how much progress is enough?

The UK’s Voluntary National Review of the SDGs – how much progress is enough?

MSc Environment and Development candidate, Eloise O’Carroll reports on UK’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) which tracks progress made towards the SDGs in the UK and around the world. 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came about in 2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals. As you probably know, they consist of 17 goals with 169 underlying targets. The Global Goals seek to tackle […]

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    Book Review: Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within by Shuja Nawaz

Book Review: Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within by Shuja Nawaz

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Florian Weigand, finds over 600 pages on the history of the Pakistani army in the second edition of Shuja Nawaz’s book, Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within, which provides an important description of the backdrop of contemporary dynamics in the country.
Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within. Shuja Nawaz Oxford Pakistan Paperbacks. 2017

In the second edition […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series – New Programme for Lent Term 2019

Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series – New Programme for Lent Term 2019

With the start of the new term, the Department of International Development is back with its Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series. This visiting lecture series provides students and guests with invaluable insights into the world of international development.

After a successful programme last term, we have another exciting line-up of guest speakers for our Cutting […]

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    Book Review: Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka by Rajesh Venugopal

Book Review: Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka by Rajesh Venugopal

Dr Rajesh Venugopal’s new book, Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka, offers a fresh look at how colonial legacies, nationalist ideology and discourses of development that have combined to shape the contours of Sri Lanka’s current tumultuous politics. Benjamin Brown, from University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Geography, reviews the book.  
If you are interested in this review, author Dr Rajesh Venugopal will be discussing […]

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    How to lose momentum in five steps: why did Lebanon’s You Stink movement fail?

How to lose momentum in five steps: why did Lebanon’s You Stink movement fail?

MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies alum, Youmna Cham, suggests how to avoid campaign failure using Beirut’s ‘You Stink’ movement as an example. 

The ‘Paris of the Middle East’ was the nickname given to Beirut until Summer 2015 – when it crumbled down in trash as our politicians showed a striking unwillingness to solve the scandal.

Indeed, the 2015 trash crisis started after Lebanon’s […]

Professor Tim Dyson on a population history of India

Tim Dyson, Professor of Population Studies in the Department of International Development at LSE, tells us about his new book, A Population History of India: From the First Modern People to the Present Day.

Six years ago, I sat at my desk with a period of sabbatical leave stretching before me. There were several topics which I might have researched, but […]

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    Introducing the 2018/19 ‘Cutting Edge Issues in Development’ Lecture Series

Introducing the 2018/19 ‘Cutting Edge Issues in Development’ Lecture Series

The Cutting Edge Issues in Development series is back, and this year we have another fantastic line up of guest speakers from the field of International Development.  

The new academic year has just started, and this means we are back with our exciting lecture series ‘Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice’! This visiting lecture series, which is hosted […]

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 […]

Welcome to the LSE. I don’t care what you think.

Professor Jean-Paul Faguet
Programme Director,
MSc Development Management

Dear student,

Welcome to the LSE. I don’t care what you think.

Or maybe, to be a bit more accurate, the fact that you think something is not itself very convincing. I am interested – indeed very interested – in what you think, because in some respect it is bound to be wrong. I’m here to […]