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    A study trip to the ‘Disneyland for Diplomats’ – Geneva!

A study trip to the ‘Disneyland for Diplomats’ – Geneva!

Last week, 25 students from the MSc International Development & Humanitarian Emergencies and the MSc Health & International Development programmes traded in bustling London for beautiful Geneva. This trip was organized by the student Geneva Trip Committee and accompanied by Professor Stuart Gordon and Student Experience Officer Sarah Neuenschwander. Jamie Holton, co-president of the committee, shares her experience.

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    Multi and Interdisciplinarity in International Development: Student experiences and perspectives

Multi and Interdisciplinarity in International Development: Student experiences and perspectives

Geoff Goodwin tells us about his findings from a research project he conducted on International Development students about how they perceive and navigate multi and interdisciplinarity.

As a field of study, international development combines multiple disciplines, including economics, politics, sociology, anthropology and geography, and various methodologies, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed approaches.

Within this contested space, there is considerable disagreement about how disciplines […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – The Role of the Private Sector in Development

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – The Role of the Private Sector in Development

On Friday, 15 March, Laura Kelly of the International Institute for Environment and Development came to the LSE to talk about the role of the private sector in development for the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Read more about what students took away from her lecture here.

“Saving our planet, lifting our people out of […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Faith and International Development: Beyond Secular Assumptions

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Faith and International Development: Beyond Secular Assumptions

On Friday, 8 March, we welcomed James Walters of the LSE’s Faith Centre for the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. He gave a thought-provoking talk on the role of faith in international development. Two of the Department’s students share their thoughts about the lecture.

What feeling do you get when you think about mixing religion […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Fighting for breath: Why is the world failing to tackle the deadliest killer of children?

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Fighting for breath: Why is the world failing to tackle the deadliest killer of children?

For the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series last Friday, Kevin Watkins of Save the Children gave a compelling talk about one of the biggest killer of children: pneumonia. Read about what two of the Department’s students thought about his lecture.

Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive of Save the Children, starts his lecture, “Why is the world […]

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Developmental States

On Friday, 8 February, Stephan Haggard from the University of California San Diego gave a compelling talk on “Developmental States” for the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. Here’s what two of the Department’s students took away from the lecture.

On a particularly miserable February night (*as a Brit I’d like to apologise to my international […]

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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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – I’m the new director of Oxfam, ask me anything!

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – I’m the new director of Oxfam, ask me anything!

For the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice series, the new director of Oxfam, Danny Sriskandarajah, answered challenging questions from the Department’s students during a two-hour long Q&A session. Read here about what one of the students took away from the session.

“I am interested in the art of transformation, not in the science of […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – The art and science of measurement in aid and development

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – The art and science of measurement in aid and development

Counting what counts – the art and science of measurement in development: This was the title of Claire Hutchings’ compelling talk for the Department of International Development’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice series last Friday, 25 January. Read about her lecture and what students thought about it here.

In her lecture: Counting what counts – the art […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Can business be more than a profit maximiser?

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Can business be more than a profit maximiser?

The Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice series started off with a great first lecture in the new term, given by Erinch Sahan of the World Fair Trade Organisation. During the 90-minute lecture, Erinch discussed the question of whether business can be more than a profit maximiser. In this article, two of the Department’s students share their […]