Sussex Development Lectures

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

Sussex Development Lecture

We live in a fast changing world. Old certainties are dissolving in the face of unprecedented challenges. New configurations of power and influence are emerging. What are the challenges we now face in not only understanding these changes, but in engaging to generate knowledge that can make a difference in addressing global inequalities and injustice? The Autumn 2015 lecture series explores some of the methodological, ethical and political challenges of engaged development studies. 

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All lectures start at 17:00 prompt at the Arts A1 Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex or Convening Space at the Institute of Development Studies (please see indivual event listings for venue).

Recordings of lectures

To make the series as accessible as possible we will be live streaming or filming some of the lectures where possible and audio recording all of the events, so people can watch live or catch up later on the IDS website. 

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For all other information please contact Sophie Robinson at or on +44 (0)1273 915763

Forthcoming lectures for Autumn 2015

Engaged Scholarship and Knowledge Democracy: Re-inventing Community-based Participatory Research

01 Dec 2015

Rajesh Tandon, Founder-President, PRIA on new approaches to community-based participatory research.

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Past Sussex Development Lectures

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Learning from Changing ‘life worlds’: Doing Research on Gender, Environment, Community, Self

12 Nov 2015

Dr Wendy Harcourt on her on-going research and engagement in the changing values and livelihoods of Bolsena, Italy in a theoretical and reflective exploration of environment, community and self.

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Learning Matters for Development: What is Left of the Millennium Development Goals and What is Right for Sustainable Development?

22 Oct 2015

Professor Keith M Lewin reviews progress and identifies the opportunities that will shape educational development through to 2030 and beyond under the new U.N. framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Results and Transformational Development: What Needs to Change?

15 Oct 2015

Alison Evans, Chief Commissioner at the Independent Commission for Aid Impact joins Rosalind Eyben to discuss the results agenda and its impact on the effectiveness on UKAid. 

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Inequality - What can be done?

09 Apr 2015 Watch/Listen Again

The Lecture proposes ambitious new policies in a range of areas: technology, employment, social security, the sharing of capital, and taxation. It seeks to defend these proposals against the common arguments: that intervention will shrink the economy, that globalization makes action impossible, and that new policies cannot be afforded.

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Shami Chakrabarti: On Liberty

26 Mar 2015

On 11 September 2001, our world changed. The West's response to 9/11 has morphed into a period of exception. Governments have decided that the rule of law and human rights are often too costly.

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What’s wrong with the WTO and how to fix it

12 Mar 2015

In this Sussex Development Lecture Rorden Wilkinson argues that without global institutions fit for purpose, we cannot hope for the kind of fine global economic management that can put an end to major crises or promote development-for-all.

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CANCELLED: Overcoming inequality in education for social transformation

05 Mar 2015

This Sussex Development Lecture willl examine the evidence on the multiple ways in which education benefits individuals and societies and how wide inequalities in access and learning are holding back progress in education.

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Expanding opportunity in education – challenges for the Post 2015 agenda

19 Feb 2015

15 years ago governments came together to agree a set of ambitious goals aimed at delivering education for all. The international community is now debating a new set of ‘post-2015’ education goals.

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Strengthening African Universities for Economic Transformation: Approaches that Work

12 Feb 2015

Ernest Aryeetey, Vice-Chancellor of University of Ghana for a discussion around strengthing African Universities to make themselves more relevant in the areas of skills development and research in the new dispensation.

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Negative Reciprocity or taking what’s yours? Aboriginal economic engagements 1830-1920

05 Feb 2015

In this Sussex Development Lecture, Lynette Russel will consider 19th century moments of Aboriginal theft and begging. She will argue a kind of economic engagement that the colonists and authorities misunderstood as recidivism and criminality.

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