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ODID has welcomed Professor Diego Sánchez-Ancochea, Professor of the Political Economy of Development, as the newHead of Department
ODID has recently published its2019 Annual Report, which highlights new research, publications, events, honours and awards, student activities and more.
The Refugee Economies Programme at the Refugee Studies Centre has published four new reports based on research in Ethiopia and Kenya.
The latestissueof Forced Migration Review, which includes a major feature on ‘Return: voluntary, safe, dignified and durable?’ plus a mini-feature on ‘Towards understanding and addressing the root causes of displacement’, is now online.
Cheryl Doss, Senior Departmental Lecturer and Associate Professor, has been namedan Honorary Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE).
ESID Flagship conference highlights key findings of 8 year research centre.
Professor Sam Hickey, Joint Director of Research, Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) Research Centre
In this 30minute podcast, Professor Hickey sat down with Duncan Green and summarised the work of ESID and its findings after 8 years of research. Listen here to the full interview.
How the co-production of knowledge can help urban transformation
Diana Mitlin is the principle author on new research, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, exploring the importance of participatory development. Read the Working Paper.
New research focussing on spatial planning strategies
Seth Schindler along with J. Miguel Kanai, has published research in which they argue that infrastructure-led development constitutes an emerging international development regime in which the priority is “getting the territory right”.
Dr Barnaby Dye, a research associate within the FutureDAMS research and capacity development partnership, appeared on a BBC World report to discuss ‘the challenge of dams’ and the critical trade-offs involved in dam decision making.
GDI Blog: Foregone Digital Dividends
Using statistics on digital technologies in ten African countries, Dr Gindo Tampubolon explores the concept of digital financial exclusion and what reducing this may mean for inclusive development. Read the full blog post here.
Adam Hanieh’s book Money, Markets, Monarchies: The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Political Economy of the Contemporary Middle East (CUP) has been awarded the 2019 British International Studies Association International Political Economy Group Book Prize.
Jens Lerche was selected as Panel Speaker on 'labour market inequality and policy' at the 61st Annual Conference of the ISLE ( India Society of Labour Economists ) in Patiala, India, December 7 to 9, 2019.
Subir Sinha delivered the lecture The Prawn That Flew to the Waldorf Astoria: On Commodities and Frontiers on the Margins of Britain's Indian Colonies at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor on October 11.
PositiveNegatives and Ipas awarded Funding from KEISG
Professor Ernestina Coast has been awarded £96,000 by the LSE’s Knowledge Exchange & Impact Strategy Group (KEISG) to work with PositiveNegatives and Ipas to create contextually-relevant stories, likely with a social media focus – to reach and engage adolescents aged 10-19 years in Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia about abortion, contraception, and abortion-related care.
Update from our Head of Department, Professor Ken Shadlen
Professor Shadlen presented the keynote lecture at a seminar in Buenos Aires on Argentina's possible accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty. The event took place in the Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires (the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange) on Wednesday 28 August. Professor Shadlen also presented a paper "TRIPS, Patents, and Drugs in India," co-authored with Margaret Kyle (ParisMines) and Bhaven Sampat (Columbia) at the annual meeting of EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property), 11-13 September, in Zurich.
Dr Kar and Dr Sequeria on this year’s Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Dr Sohini Kar and Dr Sandra Sequeria we interviewed by sciencemag.com for their opinions about this year’s Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Whilst Dr Sequeria congratulates the winners, Dr Kar encourages caution when using randomized controlled trials in the fight against poverty. You can read the full article here.
One Year Anniversary for the CRP Blog
The CRP Blog turned one on Thursday 3 October. Over the past year, the blog has published insightful and thought provoking articles on Syria, Iraq, DRC and Somalia, covering an array of topics. You can check out the CRP blog here.
The Conflict Research Programme Blog celebrates its 1 year anniversary this month! The platform showcases the ongoing research from across our five focus countries covering a range of different themes, including the political marketplace, civicness and identity politics.
Read some of our latest blogs from our 2018 Conflict Research Fellows:
The opportunity for local peacebuilding interventions: The case of Kirkuk, Iraq by Dylan O’Driscoll
DPU’s Prof. Adriana Allen joins team to produce UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook Report for Cities
DPU's Prof Adriana Allen joins a team of international experts to produce UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Report for Cities, and will act as a co-leader of the final chapter that examines pathways for bold city action towards environmentally just urbanisation.
DPU's Catalina Ortiz participates at 2019 World Human Rights Cities Forum
Dr Catalina Ortiz was invited to the 2019 World Human Rights Cities Forum, held in the city of Gwangju, Korea (Sept 30 – Oct 3), to be part of the Special Session on the Right to Housing in Asia.
DPU collaborate with SDI and urbaMonde to launch a mobile phone photography competition
The competition, #ChangeOurPicture, is open to anyone who lives in an informal settlement in Africa.
DPU staff participate at the RC21 conference in Delhi
The 2019 edition of the conference, held in Delhi, titled “In and Beyond the City: Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures” featured contributions from DPU’s Dr Catalina Ortiz and Prof. Camillo Boano as well as DPU PhD
‘Map-making by City-makers’: DPU research nominated for UCL’s #MadeAtUCL initiative
We are excited that the action-research conducted in Lima as part of ReMapRisk and cLIMA sin Riesgo has been selected as “one of the top 100 stories of disruptive discoveries from UCL”.
Civil society from emerging nations share their views on forests in danger and EU policies – CIDT
Fern, with help from other EU NGOs, regularly facilitates policy dialogues between Southern Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), EU government and industry stakeholders. This year provided an opportunity to discuss the formidable public momentum behind protecting forests and the climate, and to share hopes and concerns about the proposed European Green Deal and Commission Communication to protect and restore the world’s forests.
Intensive workshop supports planning of large projects for 4 million refugees in Turkey – CIDT
Following a needs assessment exercise, Philip Dearden (Head of CIDT) conducted a workshop in Results Based Management (RBM) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for ILO staff in order to help improve the quality and results focus of ILO projects. The intensive workshop which was held in Ankara, Turkey, was attended by 31 ILO staff, all of whom had successfully completed CIDT’s RBM online course prior to the training.
SAGE Learning hubs offer second chance for girls denied a basic education
Girls from some of the poorest districts in Zimbabwe are beginning an accelerated learning programme directed and co-ordinated by the OU’s International Development Office. Read more…
Supporting community organisations’ agroecological innovation for sustainable, socially equitable development
Les Levidow leads a new £181,000 AHRC-funded research partnership for an agroecology-based solidarity economy in Latin America. Read more…
Teamwork is key to educating the world’s children
Transforming the Education Workforce is launched at the UN General Assembly. Primary research for the report was carried out by Freda Wolfenden. Read more…
We must incorporate ‘gerontechnology’ into urban development policy
Hannah R. Marston from the OU’s Digital Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group is co-author of a paper recommending a key update to the WHO’s Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide. Read more…
China in Africa research translated into free course
The research project led by Giles Mohan has concluded with a course on how Chinese investment in African oil is playing out. Read more…
NRI’s multi-stage impact evaluation of the Better Cotton Initiative for smallholder cotton producers in India, led by Ravi Kumar, has been awarded a runner-up prize in the biennial Evaluation for Transformational Change Award given by the World Bank, IFAD and the International Development Evaluation Association. For more detail of the award see here and for the final report see here.
In May, SIID hosted a number of events on the theme of decolonisation:
SIID PGR Conference & Annual Lecture
Earlier in May we welcomed over 30 students attending the SIID Annual Postgraduate Conference. This event was organised by MA/MSc and PhD students from the University of Sheffield and was attended by postgraduates studying at Universities in Tanzania, China, Norway, Portugal, UK, Sweden, Germany and Hungary. In it’s 10th year, the topic of the conference was ‘Decolonising Development? Challenges, Innovations and Practices.’ This event coincided with the SIID Annual Lecture and we were delighted to welcome Professor Uma Kothari to deliver a lecture on: "Decolonising Knowledge and Forging Solidarity: Disrupting colonial representations, narratives and imaginaries". More details can be found on the SIID website.
Research Ethics: Developing Best Practice for Researching in the Global South
More than 40 researchers at different career stages attended this two day workshop at the University of Sheffield over 20th - 21st May. The workshop consisted of eight facilitated break-out sessions for group work. A range of topics were discussed and part of the workshop was recorded as material will be edited for teaching purposes. If you are interested in hearing more please get in contact with the workshop organizer Dr Daniel Hammett. More details on the SIID website as well.
The International Development Department is delighted to share the news that a team led by Professor Nic Cheeseman has been awarded the prize for Outstanding International Impact by the ESRC. Please read more here.
Institutional member news
Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD)
Talk on Research Careers in the Development and Aid Sector
The Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD) maintains strong relationships with universities, with a view to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners working on international development and aid. As part of this work, our Head of Research, Dr Jennifer Philippa Eggert, was invited to give a talk to students in the Department of Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. The talk, which was very well received, focused on how to build a research career in the international development and humanitarian aid sector. The subsequent Q&A session provided the students with an opportunity to ask questions about working in the sector.
University of Bristol - Questionnaire
For our research on international research partnerships and collaboration, we are gathering the perspectives of Southern- and Northern-based actors. We would greatly appreciate your views on this topic by completing this brief questionnaire. This study has received ethical approval from the University of Bristol. Any information provided here will be treated confidentially within the research team and anonymised in reporting.
For further details, please contact Tigist Grieve (tigist.grieve(at)bristol.ac.uk) or Rafael Mitchell (rafael.mitchell(at)bristol.ac.uk)
EADI has recently published its 2018 Annual Report which also highlights some plans for the coming year. These include EADI's new Blog, “Debating Development Research”, which features cutting edge articles written by EADI members. The blog will introduce the topics of the next EADI General Conference to be held in The Hague from 29 June to 02 July 2020. The call for papers closes on 15 December. EADI also offers a webinar series, which offers participants the opportunity to engage with critical thinkers and innovative new research findings.
Your chance to make an impact in Research Communications
Interested in Research Communications? The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (of which DPP is a member) is looking for academic members for its newly formed Research Communications working group. Read more…
EADI student membership is now free to all students
See here for all the details and how to become an EADI member.