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.

Autumn 2017: Decolonising Development

The theme for the Autumn 2017 Sussex Development Lecture series is 'Decolonising Development', the series begins on the 26 October 2017.

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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Past events

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On Babies and Bathwater: Decolonising International Development Studies

07 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.

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Decolonisation and Transformation of Higher Education in South Africa: The Case of Rhodes University

23 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.

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Decolonising Gender and Development

09 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.

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Misunderstanding Modernity: The Social Scientific Neglect of Colonialism

26 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.

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The Geopolitics Behind Alternative Forms of Educational Provision in the Global South

04 May 2017

Dr Antoni Verger from the Autonomous University of Barcelona will deliver the final Sussex Development Lecture of the Spring 2017 term.

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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.

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Trust, Global Traders and Commodities in a Chinese International Trade City

23 Mar 2017

A Sussex Development Lecture with Magnus Marsden, Professor Of Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex. 

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The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers thrive and work does not pay

16 Mar 2017 Watch/Listen Again

Guy Standing, Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), on The Corruption of Capitalism: Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay.

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Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice

02 Mar 2017 Watch/Listen Again

Radhika Balakrishna, James Heintz and Diane Elson will be discussing the themes from the new book 'Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice'

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Brexit, Trump and the implications for development

23 Feb 2017 Watch/Listen Again

First Brexit, then Trump…is Marine Le Pen next? Join us for a panel discussion on the possible implications for development following an incredible year in European and US politics.

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