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.
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Spring 2018: The Humanitarian-Development Nexus
The Sussex Development Lecture series for Spring 2018 focuses on the past, present and future relationship between humanitarian aid, and long-term development.
Achieving meaningful impacts in a global context of fragile states, conflict, environmental disasters and other acute and interconnected vulnerabilities, increasingly demands coordinated efforts by humanitarian and development actors. This is especially apparent regarding the Sustainable Development Goals, where hard-won progress can be slowed or even reversed as a result of crises and disasters. In fragile states and protracted conflicts - where the majority of the world’s poor live - the lines between development and humanitarian work are also increasingly blurred.
While there is talk of a ‘humanitarian-development nexus’, efforts towards bridging the humanitarian-development divide often remain disparate, shaped by different principles, philosophies, cultures, attitudes and mind sets, and involving complex politics
This series of lectures and panel discussions will convene senior humanitarian and development leaders, practitioners and academics to cast critical light on the shifting relationships between humanitarian aid and development, and explore how they can work better together.
Recordings of lectures
To make the series as accessible as possible we will be filming and live streaming each lecture. You can watch live on the IDS Facebook page and all recordings will be made available afterwards on the IDS website event pages.
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Humanitarianism under stress – meeting the challenge, strengthening the architecture and reviving the rules26 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.More details
The Humanitarian Border: Aid and Development as tools to prevent migration19 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.More details
Bridging the Humanitarian-Development Divide12 Apr 2018
How can humanitarian aid workers and development actors work better together to achieve the SDGs?More details
A post-imperial lens on displacement and development in the Middle East22 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 empiresMore details
On Babies and Bathwater: Decolonising International Development Studies07 Dec 2017
In this Sussex Development Lecture, Dr. Rutazibwa offers a conversation between personal experiences, reflections and decolonial scholarship to reflect on the fundamental, practical, institutional and epistemological implications of recognising the coloniality in the international development project.More details
Decolonisation and Transformation of Higher Education in South Africa: The Case of Rhodes University23 Nov 2017 Watch/Listen Again
Professor Robert van Niekerk from Rhodes University will deliver this Sussex Developement Lecture on Decolonistion and Transformation of Higher Education in South Africa.More details
Decolonising Gender and Development09 Nov 2017 Watch/Listen Again
Andrea Cornwall, Professor of Anthropology and International Development and head of the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, will deliver this Sussex Development Lecture on Decolonising Development.More details
Misunderstanding Modernity: The Social Scientific Neglect of Colonialism26 Oct 2017 Watch/Listen Again
Professor Gurminder K Bhambra will address our commonly held misunderstandings of modernity and discuss how an adequate address of colonialism would require us to rethink our standard assumptions of the modern world and disciplinary responses to it.More details
The Geopolitics Behind Alternative Forms of Educational Provision in the Global South04 May 2017
Dr Antoni Verger from the Autonomous University of Barcelona will deliver the final Sussex Development Lecture of the Spring 2017 term.More details
Did Climate Change Spark the Syrian Civil War?27 Apr 2017 Watch/Listen Again
Professor Jan Selby will interrogate claims that climate change was behind Syria's descent into war.More details
Trust, Global Traders and Commodities in a Chinese International Trade City23 Mar 2017
A Sussex Development Lecture with Magnus Marsden, Professor Of Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex.More details