Student Experience

Chile “woke up”: for a new model

Felipe Daniel Gutierrez Alvarez, Chilean-french student on the MSc Development Studies programme, explains why so many young people in his home country of Chile are protesting. 

What is happening in Chile right now? Why is there such a huge outbreak in one of the most stable, until now, countries in Latin America? These are some of the main questions that I […]

Introducing Adona Foundation

MSc Development Studies student, Valerie Yeo, tells us about her non-profit, Adona Foundation, which seeks to inspire, empower and educate girls and young women in developing countries. 

I am a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), studying an MSc in Development Studies. I completed my undergraduate degree in Political Science at the National University of […]

Claire Hutchings on why measurement matters

On Friday 22 November, Claire Hutchings from Oxford Policy Management came to LSE to talk about the importance of monitoring and evaluation in development for the Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Students Liam Shah and Michelle Nazareth tell us what they took away from the guest lecture. 

How do we measure what matters? Claire Hutchings from Oxford Policy Management delivered a lecture […]

Cumberland Lodge: Pride and Prejudice, and Ebola

On the 18th of November, a coach of MSc Health and International Development Students arrived at Cumberland Lodge to embark on a weekend of seminars, group activities, and the opportunity to escape London and stay in the beautiful setting of a 17th Century, Grade II listed country house in Windsor Park. Kassandra Jones gives an account of the weekend. 

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Intent vs. Impact: Dr. Pallavi Roy on digital identities

MSc Development Studies student, Anastasia Putri, covered the recent guest lecture from Pallavi Roy, Lecturer in International Economics, as part of our weekly International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series. Anastasia gives her reflections on the lecture and tells us what she took away from the event.

As identities and privacy on social media become exceedingly pressing […]

Alcinda Honwana on Youth Politics and Social Movements

MSc Development Management student, Faith Akor, covered the recent guest lecture from Alcinda Honwana, Strategic Director at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series. Faith gives her reflections on the lecture and tells us what she took away from the event.
The growing population of youth world over […]

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    Resistance, revolt and gender justice in Egypt: contending narratives of pathways of change

Resistance, revolt and gender justice in Egypt: contending narratives of pathways of change

MSc Development Studies student, Tao Platt, covered the recent guest lecture from Mariz Tadros, research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex specialising in the politics and human development of the Middle East, as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series. Tao gives his reflections on the lecture […]

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    Deforestation and wildfires in Brazil: putting together the pieces of a complex puzzle

Deforestation and wildfires in Brazil: putting together the pieces of a complex puzzle

MSc Environment and Development graduate, Mariana Granziera, and candidate, Júlia Bussab Fonseca, collaborate to investigate the roots of deforestation in the Amazon and the threats to sovereignty posed by European states.  

The recent flames that took over the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest has raised a global awareness over an emergency for a global commitment to halt deforestation in tropical forests. In its current state, […]

The changing face of development in the new decade

On Friday 11 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. MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies student, Nicole Oloo, covered the talk for us.

This is the first of two blog posts from our students for Ha-Joon Chang’s lecture. Later today we will publish, MSc Development […]

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    Welcome Week: From being lost to getting help and enjoying the new student life

Welcome Week: From being lost to getting help and enjoying the new student life

Welcome week is the week in which new students usually first arrive on campus and receive the initial information regarding their studies here. Naturally, you might feel a bit overwhelmed at the beginning, but do not worry, you are not alone: Former Student Ambassador Mikhael Farr tells you about his experiences of welcome week last year and who he […]