Student Experience

Why developing countries should not abandon the WTO

MSc Development Studies candidate, Beatriz Osorio Garabosky tells us why it’s important for developing countries to have strong leadership positions in the WTO. 

Two weeks ago, on May 14th, Roberto Azevêdo, the Brazilian Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), announced his 1-year early resignation. Although claiming it is for personal reasons, his announcement has symbolic implications for multilateralism.

It means that […]

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    Self-help psychosocial interventions for refugees in northern Uganda: a band-aid on a bullet wound?

Self-help psychosocial interventions for refugees in northern Uganda: a band-aid on a bullet wound?

PhD candidate, Costanza Torre refers to her ethnographic fieldwork in which she investigates self-help psychosocial interventions for refugees in northern Uganda and questions whether, although well-meaning, they are taking the focus away from urgent socio-economic issues. 

Over the past three decades, mental health has become a mainstream component of humanitarian aid worldwide – so much so, in fact, that psychological programmes have […]

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    Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: lessons from Covid-19 beyond the UNGPs

Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights: lessons from Covid-19 beyond the UNGPs

Laura Treviño Lozano looks at recent corporate protective practices as a response to Covid-19 and suggests three key lessons worth considering by businesses in their future relations with workers, consumers, societies and communities. 

The global pandemic Covid-19 has turned the world upside down. Although it is not nearly over, it has already taught all of us: businesses, States and civil […]

London through the eyes of our Student Ambassadors

London is an exciting and vibrant city to study in. No wonder it was voted the best student city in 2019! But don’t just take our word for it, here are some pictures from our Student Ambassadors who share snapshots from their time in the capital*. 

*Pictures taken before the 2020 coronavirus lockdown.

Catalina García Pradilla 
“Regent’s Canal is my favourite place is […]

What I never expected to discover about Living in London

Student Ambassador and MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies candidate, Rahma Lestari Anggraini, shares her experience of settling into London life. 

If I had to say three words from my memory about my first trip to London in October 2014, they would be “crowded, expensive, and gloomy”. London was not a city that I put on my favourite list. Hence, […]

“Mama I made it!” – 2020 HID Geneva trip

In February, 27 students from the M.Sc. Health and International Development program travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to visit various international health-related organizations. This trip was organized by the student Geneva trip committee (Matilda, Bryan and Ellie) and accompanied by Prof. Ernestina Coast, the HID program coordinator, and Dr. Rishita Nandagiri, an LSE fellow in the International Development Department. Shruti Cheriyan […]

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    To Ban or Not to Ban: the politics of African commodity processing promotion

To Ban or Not to Ban: the politics of African commodity processing promotion

African governments aiming to industrialize their economies often revert to export bans on raw commodities to promote processing industries. Intriguingly, these are introduced much more frequently on some processable commodities than others. Based on a recent World Development article, Dr Nicolai Schulz makes the argument that policy-makers avoid imposing export bans on commodities produced by a large share of […]

Deepak Nayyar on Asian Economic Transformation

On Wednesday 4 March, we invited Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, to come to LSE to talk about Asia’s economic transformation over the last fifty years (listen again). International Development students Wingyan and Noman tell us what they took away from the lecture. 

I was skeptical about a talk that attempts to review decades of Asian development in 90 […]

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    Anti-stigmatization movements are needed on novel-coronavirus

Anti-stigmatization movements are needed on novel-coronavirus

In response to recent xenophobic attacks following the COVID-19 outbreak, MSc Health and International Development student, Wenzhe Cui, explains why stigmatisation of infected people and potentially infected people is counter-productive to limiting the spread of the virus. 

The global spread of the coronavirus has alarmed the international community. Just like other infectious diseases in history, the novel coronavirus is associated with […]

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    From Negotiation to Action: The science and politics of climate change

From Negotiation to Action: The science and politics of climate change

MSc Development Management student, Michelle Nazareth, reflects on a Cutting Edge Issues in Development guest lecture from Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow in the Climate Change Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development, and, the director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, about the science and politics of climate change.

The last lecture in the cutting- edge series […]