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    Staying Connected: the International Development Department during COVID-19

Staying Connected: the International Development Department during COVID-19

MSc Health and International Development candidate and Student Ambassador, Jasmine Birmingham writes about her perspective on the Department’s response to COVID-19 during the 2020/21 academic year.

The pandemic has taken both students and staff on a turbulent journey throughout the 2020/21 academic year. However, this hasn’t stopped us from being social and building our networks. In the Michaelmas term we […]

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    Request to stop the extension of pharmaceutical patent periods in Brazil

Request to stop the extension of pharmaceutical patent periods in Brazil

The Brazilian Public Prosecutor cites a paper co-written by PhD student in the Department of International Development, Eduardo Mercadante, in the request that the Supreme Court immediately stop the extension of pharmaceutical patent periods to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

In light of the especially hard challenge Brazil is facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Prosecutor has requested that […]

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    Vaccine Nationalism: the international community must not turn to this medically self-defeating and economically damaging practice

Vaccine Nationalism: the international community must not turn to this medically self-defeating and economically damaging practice

The international community’s goal of widespread vaccine inoculation is now within reach. However, some states are succumbing to nationalist vaccine policies whilst paying lip service to the need for international cooperation and coordination in the global rollout. MSc student Jenifer Elmslie discusses how Vaccine Nationalism is both medically self-defeating and economically damaging, and explores possible new policy directions.

‘To beat […]

Globalisation in 2021

Globalisation is related to the disappearance of national boundaries to establish a single market. This refers to goods and services, capital, as well as labour. The current wave of globalisation started with the end of the Second World War and the establishment of international institutions fostering the decline in trade tariffs, which gained speed in the 1980s and 1990s […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Inequality in Latin America: Markets, Covid-19 and Policies

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Inequality in Latin America: Markets, Covid-19 and Policies

On Friday 27 November, Professor Nora Lustig gave an online lecture, ‘Inequality in Latin America: Markets, Covid-19 and Policies’ as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Nora Lustig is Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and the founding Director of the Commitment to Equity Institute (CEQ) at Tulane University. She is also a […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa

On Friday 20 November Professor Jimi Adesina gave an online lecture, ‘Why Development and Transformative Social Policy Matter: Lessons of COVID-19 in Africa’ in honour of Professor Thandika Mkandawire and as part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Jimi Adesina is professor and the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Social Policy at the College of Graduate Studies, University of […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – The Pandemic and the Indian government’s response

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – The Pandemic and the Indian government’s response

On Friday 9 October, Professor Jayati Ghosh delivered an online lecture on “The Pandemic and the Indian government’s response”, the first for the department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Read more about what our […]

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    Philosophical discipline for strengthening justice and solidarity through social innovation

Philosophical discipline for strengthening justice and solidarity through social innovation

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and rising injustices, LSE Alum, Vrinda Chopra proposes a lateral concept of social innovation through an approach based on ideas of unlearning, relearning and shared learning to deepen justice and solidarity in our development paradigms.

The moral dilemmas involved in the plight marginalized population groups as countries went into lockdown in response to COVID-19 ignited […]

Redefining power and influence in the post Covid-19 world

Incoming International Development PhD candidate, Ritika Arora argues that the metrics which measure how a country responds to threats of various kinds, should hold greater value in evaluating a country’s position of power, vis-à-vis their ability to attack and defend in traditional warfare, or their GDP. 

I recently found myself in conversation with a colleague about the inevitable shift in perceptions of power underpinning the international political economy, following the surge of COVID-19. Whilst […]

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    Zooming In With: Professor in Practice Duncan Green | Critical junctures and Covid-19

Zooming In With: Professor in Practice Duncan Green | Critical junctures and Covid-19

In this episode, tables turn and Professor Jean-Paul Faguet Zooms In with Professor in Practice, Duncan Green, to find out what he has been up to in lockdown and how his research relates to the Covid-19 pandemic. Professor Green tells us how his background in physics helps him understand structures of power between citizens and the state, and explains […]