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International conference: 'Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World'

17 Mar 2018 until 18 Mar 2018

International Conference organised by The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) focuses on understanding the rise of ‘authoritarian populism’ in rural settings across the world, as well as the forms of resistance occurring and the alternatives being built.

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Securing the Cordon: Destruction and Reconstruction in the Gaza Strip

19 Mar 2018

In this presentation, Francesco Sebregondi argues that the recurrent wars in the Gaza Strip can no longer be understood as an abrupt interruption of an otherwise normal state of peace; rather, they describe a peak of intensity in an economy of violence that takes various forms: structural and explosive, fast and slow.

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A post-imperial lens on displacement and development in the Middle East.

22 Mar 2018

Imperial encounters with multiculturalism and ethnic diversity characterized the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires as well as the colonies that were ruled by European empires

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Rethinking State and Society in China - Gordon White Lecture

18 Apr 2018

Professor Biao Xiang will deliver this lecture examining what Gordon White taught us in relation to examining social changes by the relation between the state and the society as two separate entities, particularly in China. 

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The Humanitarian Border: Aid and Development as tools to prevent migration

19 Apr 2018

In recent years crisis thinking associated with international migration has motivated a political re-evaluation of well supported elements of the relationship between migration and development.

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Humanitarianism under stress – meeting the challenge, strengthening the architecture and reviving the rules

26 Apr 2018

The international humanitarian system plays a critical role in development – but the system is operating under unprecedented stress. Armed conflict, climate risk, and insecurity have contributed to record levels of displacement.

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STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability 2018

14 May 2018 until 25 May 2018

Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues.

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Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation for Learning

04 Jun 2018 until 08 Jun 2018

Professional short course that equips development planners and practitioners with the knowledge and skills to more effectively design and improve M&E systems and move towards a participatory learning practice within projects, programmes and their organisations.

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Participatory Video Processes: building inclusive engagement and community-led change

18 Jun 2018 until 22 Jun 2018

Learn how to use participatory video to drive and mediate participatory and community-led change, in an ethical and contextualized way. 

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Social Protection: policies, programmes and evidence

25 Jun 2018 until 28 Jun 2018

This course enables participants to expand their knowledge base of approaches to social protection, develop an understanding of the challenges in designing and implementing social protection programmes, and critically assess current evidence of what works in social protection.

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Precarious prospects: oil in Northern Kenya - exhibition

08 Jan 2018 until 02 Feb 2018

From 8 January to 2 February a photo exhibition 'Precarious Prospects: oil in Northern Kenya' will be on display at the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre. This exhibition includes images which tell the story of changing lives and livelihoods in Lokichar, a small town in Turkana County, and surrounding villages that are at the centre of northern Kenya’s oil frontier. Featuring the work of acclaimed photographer Sven Torfinn and images from Turkana-based Evans Otieno, the exhibition captures changes in a locale whose fortunes have become inseparable from the highs and lows of the global resource economy.

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A Complexity Based Approach to Scaling Development Impact

12 Dec 2017

Drawing on thinking in his book Navigating Complexity in International Development (Burns and Worsley, 2015) and a case study in Myanmar, Danny Burns argues for a ‘movement based approach’ to creating sustainable change at scale.

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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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Citizenship and Participation: Steps Achieved and Future Agendas

06 Dec 2017 until 07 Dec 2017

This international conference will reflect on the Citizen Engagement Programme (CEP)’s contribution to field of social accountability and citizen participation in Mozambique and beyond whilst promoting a debate on future agendas that could capitalise and build on the programme’s legacy. 

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The Role of Circular Economy in the Transition Towards a Pollution-Free Planet

05 Dec 2017

This UNEA side-event will set the frame for global action on sustainable consumption and production, exploring how a circular economy can address resource constraints and generate economic opportunities for a pollution free world.

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Governing in the Midst of Violence: State and Paramilitary Politics in Colombia

04 Dec 2017

Through the study of paramilitary militias in Colombia, this seminar provides an analysis in which high-intensity violence does not marginalise the state, but on the contrary entails the reinforcement of its central role.

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Automation, inequalities and the future of work

29 Nov 2017 Watch/Listen Again

This seminar will be a space to discuss key issues and debates and explore the role IDS researchers might play in developing this research agenda.

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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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The role of evidence in a changing world

21 Nov 2017

What hope is there for evidence-based policies amid all the talk of post-truth politics, fake news and alternative facts?

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The Struggle for Development

15 Nov 2017 Watch/Listen Again

In this talk Prof Benjamin Selwyn launches his book The Struggle for Development. He introduces the concept of labour-led development to illuminate, theoretically and empirically, ways in which the poor can be masters of their own development.

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