Student Experience

Looking back to a trip to Cumberland Lodge

In January, we had our last Cumberland Lodge trip of this academic year. Student Media Ambassadors, Rachel Epstein and Salena Wang, were there and recount the weekend.

We don’t do this sort of thing anymore. It seems the older we get, the more insular we become. Remember the ‘field trip?’ Once a thing of excitement from the days of raucous […]

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    Better Blending: Making the case for transparency and accountability in blended finance

Better Blending: Making the case for transparency and accountability in blended finance

Jovan Johnson, Khai Leang Yeap, Sebastien Feron and Alyssa Bryan provide a summary of a student consulting project recently published by Transparency International (TI), arguably the world’s main civil society coalition leading the fight against corruption. The group of four students were tasked, as part of the MSc Development Management programme, with researching corruption risks faced by development finance institutions (DFIs) […]

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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 […]

Post-Graduation Life: Expect the Unexpected!

International alumnus, Tinnaphop Sinsomboonthong (Tintin), shares his post-graduation experience as a lecturer in Sociology of Development in his home country. After two years since conquering his Nightmare on Houghton Street, what is happening now?

It was in the Michaelmas Term in 2016 when I suffered a Nightmare on Houghton Street – graphs, numbers and economic jargon used in lectures and […]

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    The dark side of a successful developmental state: Singapore’s socioeconomic dilemma

The dark side of a successful developmental state: Singapore’s socioeconomic dilemma

Alumna and 2017 Winner of the Mayling Birney Prize for Best Overall Performance in MSc Development Management, Agnes Chew, examines the dark side of a successful development state with Singapore as a case study, investigating the current socioeconomic dilemma faced in terms of growth, inequality, and societal wellbeing.

This article is based on her prizewinning dissertation titled “The Hidden Costs […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Industrial Policy, Trade and Development in the New Global Economic Order

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Industrial Policy, Trade and Development in the New Global Economic Order

On Friday 12 October, development economist Ha-Joon Chang came to talk at the LSE as part of the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series. Kyeonga Kang from the MSc African Development was there and covered the talk for us.

“The recent changes in global industrial policy environment have not made industrial policy impossible.” Chang […]

Looking back at my year as an ID student…

Recent international alum, Charis Yeap Khai Leang, shares her experience studying at the LSE for her MSc in Development Management. She tells us about her her fears, hopes and dreams. No one said it was going to be easy…  

There are so many things that I am truly grateful about having come across at the LSE this last year. Conducting the research […]

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    5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Year at the LSE

5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Year at the LSE

Recent graduate and newly appointed Student Experience Officer, Sarah Neuenschwander, gives her top 5 tips to new students on saving a few pounds… and time!

When I arrived in London in mid-September last year, I was looking forward to a few days of exploring the city. Well, I underestimated the time it takes to deal with the dull administrative stuff before […]

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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 […]

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    Research to Practice: Engaging the Private Sector for improving Livelihoods in Disaster-Prone Areas

Research to Practice: Engaging the Private Sector for improving Livelihoods in Disaster-Prone Areas

The MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies consultancy group for Partners for Resilience (PfR) cultivated an enriching partnership that led to a presentation to PfR staff at The Hague on the student’s report entitled Building Resilience with Private Sector Engagement: Enabling Socially and Environmentally responsible Investments in Disaster-Prone Communities. Olivia Singer, Yudan Chen, Tamilore Odunaiya share their experiences.

Contributing to current programming in disaster-prone developing […]