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, no booking required - just turn up.
We share a video and podcast of each lecture shortly after.
Due to Covid-19 we are currently running a webinar series. Visit our events page to see the latest webinars.
- 25 September: Gender and Work: Capturing the gains in global value chains Stephanie Barrientos
- 2 October: How China is reshaping the global economy: development impacts in Africa and Latin America Rhys Jenkins
- 14 October: Urban Warfare: housing under the empire of finance Raquel Rolnik
- 23 October: Trends in inequality Tony Shorrocks
- 30 October: Can technology solve global poverty? Rachel Glennerster
- 13 November: Spatial inequality in African political economy: rethinking uneven development Cathy Boone
- 29 January: In China's Wake: How the commodity boom transformed development strategies in the global south Nick Jepson
- 12 February: Civil society aid as balancing act - Navigating between managerial and social transformative principles Jelmer Kamstra and Zoe Abrahamson
- Wednesday 3 October: Dignifying development: Democratic deepening in an Indian State Indrajit Roy (York University)
- Wednesday 10 October: The southernisation of development? Who has ‘socialised’ who in the new millennium? Emma Mawdsley (Cambridge University)
- Wednesday 31 October: Autocracy with democratic characteristics: How the West got China wrong Yuen Yuen Ang (University of Michigan)
- Friday 2 November: A world for the many, not the few Kate Osamor MP (Shadow Secretary of State for International Development)
- Thursday 15 November: Women - Equality - Power Rt Hon. Helen Clark (former Prime Minister of New Zealand, former head of the UNDP)
- Wednesday 28 November: How can irrigation contribute to agricultural growth in Africa? Phil Woodhouse (Global Development Institute)
- Wednesday 30 January: What social network analysis can tell us about multi-stakeholder partnerships Moira Faul & Jordan Soukias Tchilingirian
- Wednesday 6 February: Developmental states Stephan Haggard
- Wednesday 20 February: Blood bricks: untold stories of modern slavery and climate change from Cambodia Katherine Brickell
- Wednesday 6 March: Property, institutions, and social stratification in Africa Franklin Obeng-Odoom
- Wednesday 20 March: Agrarian crises, institutional innovation and gender: Can group farming provide an answer? Bina Agarwal
- Wednesday 1 May: The business of forced labour in global agricultural supply chains Genevieve Le Baron
- Wednesday 8 May: Ambitious & ambiguous public investments in African cities Edgar Pieterse
- Wednesday 4 October: Addressing shelter inequalities: Lessons from urban India Prof Diana Mitlin, (The University of Manchester)
- Thursday 26 October: Economics of populism Prof Dani Rodrik (Harvard)
- Friday 17 November: Flickering in the dark: Urban tissue as provisional care Prof AbdouMaliq Simone (University of South Australia)
- Wednesday 29 November: A political economy approach to collective action, inequality and development Prof William Ferguson (Grinnell College)
- Wednesday 13 December: Evidence for Influencing: Balancing research integrity and campaign strategy in Oxfam Dr Irene Guijt (Oxfam GB)
- Wednesday 31 January: India: the Long Road to Prosperity Vijay Joshi (University of Oxford)
- Monday 5 February: Are some countries destined for under-development? Dr Ha-Joon Chang (University of Cambridge)
- Wednesday 2 May: Understanding Zimbabwe: from liberation to authoritarianism Dr Sara Dorman (The University of Edinburgh)
Watch the videos or listen to the podcasts for the 2016-17 lecture series below.
- 12 October: Should Rich Nations Help the Poor? Professor David Hulme (Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester)
- 26 October: The UK’s Post-Brexit Trade Policy: What about development? Professor Alan Winters (The University of Sussex)
- 9 November: Capitalism and Conservation in the Age of Security: The Vitalization of the State Professor Elizabeth Lunstrum (York University)
- 23 November: The Magic Number: 1.5°C or 2°C Limit on Warming. But, what does this actually mean for Least Developed Countries? Dr Saleemul Huq (Director of International Centre for Climate Change & Development and Senior Fellow at International Institute for Environment and Development)
- 7 December: Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change: Keeping Our Heads Above Water Professor David Hulme (Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester) Dr Manoj Roy (Lancaster University) and Dr Joseph Hanlon (Open University)
- 8 February: Designing Interventions in Developing Water-Energy-Food Systems Professor Julien Harou (The University of Manchester).
- 15 February: “Too close for comfort, relatively speaking? Development NGOs’ dependence on home government funding in comparative perspective”. Professor Lauchlan T Munro (Ottawa University)
- 22 February: Predatory states and Economic development Professor Mehrdad Vahabi (University of Paris)
- 8 March: Gender, Urbanisation and Poverty: Principles, Practice, and the Space of Slums Professor Sylvia Chant (London School of Economics)
- 22 March: Resilience, Development and Global Change: Resistance, Rootedness and Resourcefulness Professor Katrina Brown (University of Exeter)
- 26 April: The Global Arms Trade and International Law: Prevention is Better than Cure Dr Shavana Musa (The University of Manchester)