COVID-19

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    Zooming In With: Dr Sohini Kar | Economic Anthropology, microfinance in India and Covid-19

Zooming In With: Dr Sohini Kar | Economic Anthropology, microfinance in India and Covid-19

Professor in Practice, Duncan Green Zooms In with department scholars to find out what they’re up to in lockdown and how their research relates to the Covid-19 pandemic. The third Zooming In episode is with Economic Anthropologist and Assistant Professor in International Development, Dr Sohini Kar, who tells us how Economic Anthropology helped her understand how microfinance institutions capitalise on the poor in […]

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    What resource-dependent countries may learn from athletes in order to diversify their economies

What resource-dependent countries may learn from athletes in order to diversify their economies

What do Kobe Bryant, Serena Williams, LeBron James and Michael Jordan have in common, besides a successful sports career? How can their experience inform diversification policy in resource-dependent countries, especially in the current context of depressed oil prices? In this blog post, Ali Al-Saffar, Assia Elgouacem, and Amir Lebdioui show that the transition of athletes to different activities after […]

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    Conducting transnational participatory research with women during Covid-19 remotely: an impossibility?

Conducting transnational participatory research with women during Covid-19 remotely: an impossibility?

Dr Sonja Marzi, an LSE Fellow in the Department of Methodology, teaches research design and methodology in the Department of International Development. She was recently awarded a prestigious LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund (KEI) grant to co-produce knowledge with migrant women on the gendered right to the city in Medellín, Colombia. Her project and planned travel were disrupted […]

Covid-19: The end of megacities as we know them?

Kapil Kanungo and Kruti Munot provide an insight on what impact Covid-19 might have on the economies of megacities by using Mumbai as an example. 

From Rome to Pataliputra, cities have been engines for economic growth since the beginning of civilisation. However, over the last couple of centuries, we’ve seen the emergence of a new beast – the megacity. Megacities have […]

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    Zooming In With: Professor Kathy Hochstetler | Governments and technocrats during Covid-19

Zooming In With: Professor Kathy Hochstetler | Governments and technocrats during Covid-19

Professor in Practice, Duncan Green Zooms In with department scholars to find out what they’re up to in lockdown and how their research relates to the Covid-19 pandemic. The second Zooming In episode is with incoming Head of Department, Professor Kathy Hochstetler, who uses the case of renewable energy in Brazil and South Africa to shed some light on Governments and […]

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    The potential of India’s Village Health Committees in containing the spread of diseases

The potential of India’s Village Health Committees in containing the spread of diseases

Drawing on her research in rural Karnataka, south India, Shirin Madon discusses the importance of Village Health Committees in taking village-level measures and interventions to contain the diffusion of diseases.

In recent years, many developing countries such as India, Tanzania and Bangladesh have introduced village health committees as part of efforts to improve the functioning and effectiveness of health systems. […]

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    2015 Nepal earthquake and COVID-19: A comparison of the politics of crisis governance

2015 Nepal earthquake and COVID-19: A comparison of the politics of crisis governance

Nimesh Dhungana argues how the the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal prompted many forms of citizen-centric politics of governance, forms we can witness in the immediate response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Five years ago, on April 25 2015, an earthquake of the of magnitude 7.8Mw (and its subsequent aftershocks) triggered a major humanitarian crisis in Nepal, killing over 8,790 people and injuring over […]

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    Abortion and Covid-19: why we need to support women’s right to abortion in health emergencies

Abortion and Covid-19: why we need to support women’s right to abortion in health emergencies

Clare Wenham, Ernestina Coast, Katy Footman, Tiziana Leone, Rishita Nandagiri, and Joe Strong discuss the UK government’s apparent U-turn over medical abortion during the novel coronavirus outbreak. They draw on their own research and other evidence to make the case for women being able to take abortion medication at home, following a phone or video consultation.
On 23 March, the Secretary of State for Health and […]

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    Zooming In With: Professor Ken Shadlen | IP, pharmaceuticals and a cure for Covid-19

Zooming In With: Professor Ken Shadlen | IP, pharmaceuticals and a cure for Covid-19

Professor in Practice, Duncan Green Zooms In with department scholars to find out what they’re up to in lockdown and how their research relates to the Covid-19 pandemic. The first Zooming In episode is with Head of Department, Professor Kenneth Shadlen, who sheds some light on the important role Intellectual Property plays in pharmaceuticals and how this feeds into the search […]

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    Voices of Informality: the story of a migrant construction worker from Bengal

Voices of Informality: the story of a migrant construction worker from Bengal

This three part weekly series by Harshita Sinha brings forth the narratives and voices from the invisible workers in the Indian Informal Economy during the Covid-19 lock down. In the third and final part of the series we look at the story of Rahil* a migrant construction worker from Bengal. 

“Ghar Jane do bus” (Just let us go home)

Rahil, 22, a migrant […]