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 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

Please note 

All lectures start at 17:00 prompt at the University of Sussex (please see indivual event listings for lecture theatre information).

Recordings of lectures

To make the series as accessible as possible we will be live streaming or filming the lectures where possible and audio recording all lectures. All recordings will be made available via the IDS website. 

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

Past events

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Gender Challenges: A conversation with Bina Agarwal

24 Nov 2016 Watch/Listen Again

Bina Agarwal, a renowned development economist and academic of gender studies, discusses the emerging challenges to female empowerment, in conversation with Melissa Leach and John Thompson from IDS.

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Rethinking Capitalism

12 Oct 2016

Event with Mariana Mazzucato on Rethinking Capitalism, hosted by The Schools of Business, Management and Economics and Global Studies (University of Sussex) and the Institute of Development Studies.

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Learning from the East (Again): China and Good Governance

06 Oct 2016

Join us for a Sussex Development Lecture with Mick Moore, Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies on the topic of China and good governance.

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How Change Happens

29 Sep 2016

Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB and author of From Poverty to Power blog, delivers a Sussex Development Lecure based on his new book 'How Change Happens'. 

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Sustainable Development Goal 4 Education - Necessary Ambition or Misplaced Folly?

05 May 2016

Dr Jordon Naidoo, Director Education for All, UNESCO delivers a Sussex Development Lecture examining the Sustainable Development Goal on Education, the critique of expanded ambition in education, and why despite the potential barriers ambition is necessary.

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Organisational Transformation with a Feminist Lens

14 Apr 2016

Aruba Rao and Joanne Sandler on their work as scholar-activists and activist research that can change how organisations address issues of gender. 

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Research and knowledge at DFID: what role for evidence in the new aid strategy?

15 Mar 2016 Watch/Listen Again

Professor Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development to deliver a Sussex Development Lecture. 

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Navigating Complexity in International Development: Facilitating Sustainable Change at Scale

03 Mar 2016

Professor Danny Burns delivers a Sussex Development Lecture on topics examined in his new book Navigating Complexity in International Development.

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Knowledge Production in Africa: gender dilemmas, challenges, possibilities

18 Feb 2016

Signe Arnfred from the Institute of Society and Globalization, Roskilde University delivers a Sussex Development Lecture on knowledge production in Africa and gender.

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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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