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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For all other information please contact Sarah King at s.king@ids.ac.uk or on +44 (0)1273 915649

Past events

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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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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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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