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.

Recordings of lectures

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

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Past Sussex Development Lectures

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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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Why Greater Equality is a Key to Sustainability

29 Jan 2015

This Sussex Development Lecture will be given by Richard Wilkinson, co author of the Spirit Level.

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Prosperity and Development: a discussion on linked futures

20 Nov 2014 Watch/Listen Again

In this Sussex Development Lecture, Henrietta Moore looks at the urgent need to redefine prosperity and along the way change the way we talk about development.

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Gender, Class and the Neoliberal Project

13 Nov 2014 Watch/Listen Again

In this Sussex Development Lecture, Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale will examine how new forms of sexual imagery naturalise new forms of inequality, and how these are are met with new forms of gendered resistance and struggle.

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