Sussex Development Lectures

The Sussex Development Lecture series is jointly run by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the School of Global Studies, SPRU and the Centre for International Education based at the University of Sussex.  It is open to students, staff and members of the general public.  

Sussex Development Lecture

The series provides an opportunity to hear leading global thinkers address some of the most pressing development issues such as climate change, what replaces the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, the global financial crisis and much, much more. As well as lectures with eminent speakers we also hold lively panel discussions with leading development thinkers and practitioners.

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Past Sussex Development Lectures

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The effects of religious fundamentalism in developing countries

Thursday 22 May 2014

Emeritus Professor at Utrectht University and former IDS fellow and Academic Director, Emanuel de Kadt reflects on the influence of religion and religious organisations on development.

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The Global Development Crisis and the Possibilities of Labour-Centred Development

Thursday 13 Mar 2014 Watch/Listen Again

Dr Ben Selwyn examines the concept of labour-centred development as an alternative to the current model of development which seeks to integrate the poor into the global capitalist system

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India's Malnutrition Puzzles: What are they and why they should not be a distraction from action

Thursday 6 Mar 2014 Watch/Listen Again

IDS Director, Lawrence Haddad, examines the persistent challenge of malnutrition in India and assesses what more can be done to effectively tackle the challenge.

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Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television and Social Media

Tuesday 21 Jan 2014 Watch/Listen Again

Sussex Development Lecture by Michael Woolcock, Harvard Kennedy School and World Bank

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Democracy in danger: The rise of illegitimate authority

Thursday 5 Dec 2013 Watch/Listen Again

Susan George explores ideas from her new book How to Win the Class War.

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Inequality and Gresham’s Law: Does the bad drive out the good?

Thursday 28 Nov 2013 Watch/Listen Again

In this lecture co-architect of the original MDGs, Jan Vandemoortele, examines whether addressing inequalities must take priority over poverty reduction.

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Economic Policy and Social Movements in Brazil: From the Neoliberal Transition to the Events of June 2013

Thursday 21 Nov 2013 Watch/Listen Again

Alfredo Saad-Filho willl examine the recent protest movements in Brazil

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Rethinking finance for development in the light of the global financial crisis

Wednesday 10 Apr 2013 Watch/Listen Again

Stephany Griffith-Jones explores how development finance needs to evolve in response to the ongoing global financial crisis.

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Localizing Development: Does Participation Work?

Wednesday 20 Mar 2013

World Bank Lead Economists, Ghazala Mansuri and Vijayendra Rao examine the effectiveness of donor-led efforts to promote local participatory development

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New Religious Practices and Politics in Contemporary India

Wednesday 27 Feb 2013 Watch/Listen Again

Dr Nandini Gooptu, Head of International Development at Oxford University gives Sussex Development lecture.

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