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"Saviours" or "Bystanders"? Framing the "International Community" in the Responsibility to Protect

26 Feb 2018

POSTPONED - new seminar date to be advertised soon

This seminar will argue that the responsibility to protect is not fit for purpose.

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Bridging the Humanitarian-Development Divide

08 Mar 2018

How can humanitarian aid workers and development actors work better together to achieve the SDGs, in a context of increasingly protracted conflicts, fragile states, environmental disasters and disease outbreaks?

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Beyond the traditional humanitarian aid model

15 Mar 2018

In this lecture, Professor Thea Hillhorst will discuss the traditional humanitarian aid model versus the resilience model and the conflicting images they evoke about crises, local institutions and the recipients of aid.

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International conference: 'Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World'

17 Mar 2018 until 18 Mar 2018

International Conference organised by The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) focuses on understanding the rise of ‘authoritarian populism’ in rural settings across the world, as well as the forms of resistance occurring and the alternatives being built.

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Securing the Cordon: Destruction and Reconstruction in the Gaza Strip

19 Mar 2018

In this presentation, Francesco Sebregondi argues that the recurrent wars in the Gaza Strip can no longer be understood as an abrupt interruption of an otherwise normal state of peace; rather, they describe a peak of intensity in an economy of violence that takes various forms: structural and explosive, fast and slow.

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A post-imperial lens on displacement and development in the Middle East.

22 Mar 2018

Imperial encounters with multiculturalism and ethnic diversity characterized the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires as well as the colonies that were ruled by European empires

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Rethinking State and Society in China - Gordon White Lecture

18 Apr 2018

Professor Biao Xiang will deliver this lecture examining what Gordon White taught us in relation to examining social changes by the relation between the state and the society as two separate entities, particularly in China. 

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The Humanitarian Border: Aid and Development as tools to prevent migration

19 Apr 2018

In recent years crisis thinking associated with international migration has motivated a political re-evaluation of well supported elements of the relationship between migration and development.

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Humanitarianism under stress – meeting the challenge, strengthening the architecture and reviving the rules

26 Apr 2018

The international humanitarian system plays a critical role in development – but the system is operating under unprecedented stress. Armed conflict, climate risk, and insecurity have contributed to record levels of displacement.

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STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability 2018

14 May 2018 until 25 May 2018

Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues.

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Universities and Conflict: The Role of Higher Education in Peacebuilding and Resistance

19 Feb 2018

This seminar presents findings from Juliet Millican's new book Universities and Conflict: The Role of Higher Education in Peacebuilding and Resistance, published by Routledge in October 2017, which uses a series of case studies to examine the roles played by universities during situations of conflict, peacebuilding and resistance and opens a discussion about the ways in which we, as teachers, students or administrators might respond.

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AAAS annual meeting

17 Feb 2018

The UK alone is committing over $6bn of official development assistance to research and innovation investment. The research community needs to respond to the challenges being posed, around development goals that involve both technical and social issues. 

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SenseMaker: Using Micro-Narratives for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

15 Feb 2018

In this CDI seminar, Steff Deprez will present the principles and practice of the SenseMaker methodology and provide examples of SenseMaker applications in diverse programmes for both monitoring and evaluation processes.

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Complexity & Development 2.0: From Agreeing We Should Adapt to Creating the Conditions that Enable Adaptation

13 Feb 2018

In this seminar, Yuen Yuen Ang urges that it's time to take our conversation on "complexity & development" to the next level: how to enable adaptation.

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Enhancing Operational Effectiveness? An Analysis of Pre-deployment Training for Rwandan Tactical-level Female Military Peacekeepers

12 Feb 2018

POSTPONED - new seminar date to be advertised soon

Is this seminar, Dr. Georgina Holmes explores how gendered peacekeeping roles and identities are constructed in the pre-deployment training programme for tactical-level military peacekeepers delivered by the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF).

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Value Chains for Nutrition in South Asia: Who Delivers, How and to Whom?

07 Feb 2018

This seminar sees the launch of the IDS Bulletin on Value Chains for Nutrition in South Asia.

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The Local Developmental State

24 Jan 2018

This talk explores renewed interest in the local state playing a pro-active developmental role to secure sustainable and equitable local economic and social development – becoming what might be called a ‘local developmental state’

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Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

22 Jan 2018 until 26 Jan 2018

This course equips policymakers and practitioners with the knowledge and skills to more effectively integrate disaster risk reduction with adaptation to climate change, in the context of development and poverty reduction.

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Development Economics for Non-Economists

15 Jan 2018 until 19 Jan 2018

This unique course offers a stimulating, interactive, and entertaining introduction to the world of development economics.

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Can pastoralists help us respond to global uncertainties?

09 Jan 2018

Uncertainties are everywhere: climate change, financial crises, migration flows, infrastructure development, disease outbreaks and more. Yet contemporary institutions and policy processes are poor at responding to and embracing uncertainties, where we don’t know about either the likely outcomes or their probabilities. Too often political, procedural and professional pressures force us to ignore uncertainties, constructing problems and solutions in terms of manageable risk. In this seminar, Ian Scoones argues that we can learn much from those who live daily with uncertainty and make use of it as a productive resource.

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