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 2017: Development's New Geopolitics 

The theme for the Spring 2017 Sussex Development Lecture series is 'Development's New Geopolitics'. Exploring shifts in politics and power and its implications for international development, the series begins on the 23 February 2017.

Please see the listings below for information on each lecture in the series.  New lectures will announced and added here shortly.  

Recordings of lectures

To make the series as accessible as possible we will be live streaming, filming or audi recording the lectures where possible. 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


Current events

Brexit, Trump and the implications for development

23 Feb 2017 Live Streaming

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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Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice

02 Mar 2017

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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The Corruption of Capitalism

16 Mar 2017

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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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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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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