Event series

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 , the Science Policy and Research Unit (SPRU) and the Centre for International Education (CIE), based at the University of Sussex.

2021/22 Series

Development in an uncertain world

From Covid-19 to climate change, economic shocks to technological disruptions, we are all living in a highly complex, interconnected and increasingly uncertain world. For this Sussex Development Lecture series we bring together diverse perspectives to examine our current era of uncertainty. We ask: How do we conceptualise uncertainty and its relationship with sustainable and inclusive development processes? What are the implications for research and action? And what are the implications for valuing diverse kinds of knowledge and tackling increasingly entrenched inequities globally?

Join us for this series of thought-provoking discussions and debates convened by IDS and the University of Sussex, together ranked first in the world for development studies. 

The series so far has included:

Why embracing uncertainty means rethinking development 

Speaker: Ian Scoones, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, co-director ESRC STEPS Centre.

Navigating uncertainty with epistemic justice – reflections for higher education institutions

Speaker: Alejandra Boni, Deputy Director of Ingenio, Politecnico de Valencia, Spain (CSIC – UPV).

Disrupting conceptual certainties: reconsidering children’s work and schooling

Professor Máiréad Dunne, Professor of Sociology of Education, University of Sussex and Sara Humphreys, University of Sussex.

Joining up the Climate and SDG Agendas

Joseph Alcamo, Director of SSRP and Professor of Geography, University of Sussex.

Mining minerals – uncertainties caused by global energy transitions

Anabel Marin, Research Fellow, IDS, Mariana Walter, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) and Peter Newell, University of Sussex.

Recordings of lectures

All lectures are live streamed online and all recordings will be made available afterwards on the IDS website event page and the IDS YouTube channel.

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Past events in this series