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IDS Bulletin asks whose power matters when it comes to food?

As debates around plant-based diets for the health of the planet continue to occupy public and political discourse, the latest IDS Bulletin argues that there is an urgent need to understand the diverse perspectives involved in the food system for a sustainable future. Drawing attention to the...

2 September 2019

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Climate and inequality highlighted as biggest global challenges

As IDS begins to develop its upcoming five-year strategy (2020-25), reflecting on recent years and our current strategy, and thinking about where global development is headed. We have been asking others on Twitter what they think are the critical global challenges of our time, and what is needed...

14 August 2019

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Call for Session Proposals: Contested Natures – Pollen Conference 2020

The Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Third Biennial Conference will be held in Brighton, United Kingdom on 24-26 June 2020 on the theme of Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration. The organisers have issued a call for proposals for themed sessions in a variety of both...

7 August 2019

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New IDS Bulletin on the political economy of food

This new issue of the IDS Bulletin, edited by Jody Harris, Molly Anderson, Chantal Clément and Nicholas Nisbett examines a range of perspectives on power in food systems, and the various active players, relationships, activities, and institutions that play a major role in shaping them. It...

6 August 2019

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Top summer reading and resource recommendations

For student’s looking to start their postgraduate degree in international development and for anyone with an interest in development studies, we have put together a selection of recently published titles that reflect a wide range of themes. Books The Water–Food–Energy Nexus Jeremy...

29 July 2019

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Donor Interventions toward Public Authority in Jordan and Lebanon

The Syrian Crisis has caused the influx of over 900,000 refugees to Lebanon and over 650,000 to Jordan as of June 2019. In Jordan, 80% of Syrian refugees live outside of established refugee camps, while Lebanon adopted a policy against encampment altogether. As such, refugees in both countries...

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12 September 2019

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Microfinanced land-grabs and abuses in Cambodia are no surprise

One day people may wonder how anyone thought that lending money at high interest rates would empower the poor. Yet since the 1980s, the small, high-interest loans that were initially known as microcredit, have been a staple of global development agencies’ toolkits. The non-profit microfinance...

6 September 2019