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Global Development Institute

Global Development Institute Lecture Series

In a fast moving world, the Global Development Institute Lecture Series provides space for leading development thinkers to discuss their latest research and ideas. Lectures are free and open to all.

The Global Development Institute Lecture Series is open to staff, students and the general public. We recommend booking a free ticket for Kate Osamor and Helen Clark's lecture.

The GDI Lecture series is streamed live on our Facebook page for anyone who can't make it in person. We also share a video and podcast of each lecture shortly after.


Wednesday 3 October

4.30pm - 6pm

Theatre A

Simon Building

Indrajit Roy, York University

Dignifying development: Democratic deepening in an Indian State

Wednesday 10 October


Theatre A

Simon Building

Emma Mawdsley, Cambridge University

The southernisation of development? Who has ‘socialised’ who in the new millennium?

Wednesday 31 October


Theatre A

University Place


The ESID Annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture 

Yuen Yuen Ang, University of Michigan

Autocracy with democratic characteristics: How the West got China wrong

This event will be followed by a drinks reception

Friday 2 November


Theatre A

Roscoe Building

Kate Osamor MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

A world for the many, not the few

Booking advised

Thursday 15 November

5.30pm - 7pm

Theatre B

Simon Building

Global Development Institute Annual Lecture

Rt Hon. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, former head of the UNDP

Women - Equality - Power

This event will be followed by a drinks reception

Booking advised

Wednesday 28 November

4.30pm - 6pm 

Theatre A

Simon Building

Phil Woodhouse, Global Development Institute

How can irrigation contribute to agricultural growth in Africa?




Watch the videos or listen to the podcasts for the 2016-17 lecture series below.