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  • Professor Mary Kaldor (Subterranean Politics Capture 2)
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    Strife Blog Interview: A window into the life and mind of Mary Kaldor

Strife Blog Interview: A window into the life and mind of Mary Kaldor

Mary Kaldor was recently interviewed for ‘Strife’, a dual-format publication from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Current KCL Master’s student Melanie Daugherty asked the questions. [Originally published here.] What shaped your perspective of the world? There were two important things in my background that shaped my intellectual trajectory. One, my mother was very active in the peace […]

  • Land and Political Corruption (Banner)
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    Student Experience: Consultancy project report published by Transparency International

Student Experience: Consultancy project report published by Transparency International

By Milou Vanmulken, Tom Owen and Gogo Duale, MSc Development Management students, 2014-15. On 17 July 2015, Transparency International published the findings of the consultancy report by three Development Management students on their Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN) blog. The consultancy project is one of the most valuable parts of the MSc Development Management programme. In a team of three, we […]

Demographer Dyson in demand ahead of World Population Day

Tim Dyson, Professor in Population and Development, has become a popular frame of reference recently ahead of World Population Day, which fell on Saturday 11 July. The global population, which stood at about one billion by the year 1800, has been rising exponentially. Rapid growth in the last century means that more than seven billion people now occupy the Earth. […]

Get on the Ground: Tim Allen on the importance of fieldwork

In the following interview, published last year in The Economist, Tim Allen talks about the importance of fieldwork, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and combatting ignorance in the international community. You are passionate about the importance of fieldwork in international development. Yes. Once a year I try to spend some months in the field in African villages. In the past […]

China’s New Normal and the AIIB: Danny Quah in the Media

[jwplayer mediaid=”2443″] Danny Quah predicts that even if China’s growth slows to 7% in 2015, the Chinese economy would still (for most of the world) provide a 50% increase in new export market opportunity compared to the 12% growth a decade ago. At current rates of labour productivity, 7% growth in 2015 could still generate millions of new jobs. The […]

  • No Wealth From Child Sacrifice (Credit: BBC)
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    “Child sacrifice is pervasive!?” Tim Allen tackles the BBC on Uganda

“Child sacrifice is pervasive!?” Tim Allen tackles the BBC on Uganda

In 2010, Professor Tim Allen attacked the BBC’s “misleading” and “misinformed” coverage of Uganda in a Newsnight documentary. Kris Gulati revisits the battle between anthropologists and public broadcasters. [Part of the documentary is also available to watch here] In 2010, the BBC released this documentary claiming that child sacrifice was widespread throughout Uganda. It created uproar among British anthropologists from […]

  • Tim Dyson UN Webcast
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    Birth control can solve problems: Tim Dyson talks sustainability at the UN Commission

Birth control can solve problems: Tim Dyson talks sustainability at the UN Commission

Access to birth control could improve health and urban growth issues in the world’s least demographically developed countries, Tim Dyson told the UN Commission in New York.

Professor Dyson’s keynote address formed part of the opening of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, which took place in New York  on 13 April 2015.

“I’m not here to be […]

Trio of Professorial Runners Triumph

The Department of International Development would like to congratulate its trio of Professorial runners on a set of magnificent achievements. Professor Jude Howell completed the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 12th April. Her run, in aid of Breast Cancer Care, took just under six hours in blazing sunshine on the south coast. Professor Tim Allen then completed his tenth consecutive London […]

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    Ruben Andersson receives BBC award for Mediterranean migration study

Ruben Andersson receives BBC award for Mediterranean migration study

The recent tragic loss of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean is just the tip of the iceberg. Thousands die each year attempting to enter Europe via destinations like the Italian island of Lampedusa and the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta. But stricter border controls, far from acting as a deterrent, may actually be increasing the number of migrants […]

Ken Shadlen wins Open Article prize for 2014

Ken Shadlen, along with Mark Manger (formerly of LSE), has been awarded the Open Article prize for 2014 from the Economics and Politics Section of the Latin American Studies Association. Their prizewinning paper, ‘Political Trade Dependence and North–South Trade Agreements’, was published in the International Studies Quarterly journal in March last year (full citation below). The research was funded by the […]