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Events hosted by DESTIN for students and staff in the Department of International Development

DESTIN is a group of student organisers in the Department of International Development who work together to coordinate events and activities and build a sense of community among students (and between students and staff) in ID. 

With the support of the comms team, particularly Anna D’Alton (Communications and Events Officer), the DESTIN committee will organise department-wide events and projects around three different areas:

Social events: Astrid Van de Voorde (DM), 
Beth Purser (IDHE), 
Catharina Shaufler Mendez (HID), 
Arkadeepra Purkayastha (DS)

Social events coordinators will organise a range of social activities throughout the year, likely a mix of in-person and online activities. These could include quizzes, food themed nights, coffee mornings, game nights, outdoor activities or trips etc.

Careers and professional development: Mona Sarajlic (DM),
Shachar Eyal
(DS), Maliha Mundh (IDHE)

Careers and professional development coordinators will help to organise events related to careers, such as networking events or talks/panel events with recent ID alumni or other professionals working in the International Development sector.

Academic events: Kshitanjay Sondhi (DS), Ainhoa Rocabert Lara (DM)

Academic events coordinators will take responsibility for organising academic or educational events for students in the department. Events could include field trips to sites around London related to development, panel discussions with guest speakers or more informal events like coffee mornings with academics in the department.


All students are welcome to suggest ideas for events or projects by getting in contact with a DESTIN rep or the Comms and Events Officer and we can then work together to make your event happen.

Events and activities will be shared via Moodle, email and on this page. All students are welcome to suggest ideas for events or projects by getting in contact with a DESTIN rep or the Comms and Events Officer and we can then work together to make your event happen.

Upcoming Events

ID Thanksgiving Dinner

*Date Change* 7.30pm Tuesday 29 November CLM.3.02

This Thanksgiving dinner, organised by Zachary Cheek and supported by DESTIN and the Department, is open to postgraduate students and staff in LSE Department of International Development. Guests are welcome to bring dishes which speak to their individual backgrounds and cultures. Zachary will be making a few turkeys, and there will be traditional Thanksgiving food if available (mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, etc.) Drinks will be provided.We would love to see you there! To attend, please sign up through this form.


Save the date! ID Christmas party on 9 December

Save the date for the LSE ID Christmas Party: Friday 9 December, from 6-8pm. Please note, this event is for core ID students only. Unfortunately, we cannot open this up to joint-degree students due to capacity limitations. 


Past Events

Made in Bangladesh film screening and Q&A

6.00pm - 8.00pm Thursday 17 November | CLM.5.02

Luc Bitterli (DS) invites you to a screening of his film which critically reflects on the connections between the Global North and Bangladesh and exposes critical issues and challenges for development including environmental destruction and extreme inequality that are products of our global capitalist system.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A/ discussion session exploring some of the questions the film poses. This event is hosted by ID and DESTIN, drinks and nibbles will be provided.


Roundtable coffee morning: Careers in academia with ID professors

Wednesday 9 November | 9.00 - 10.00am | CBG.1.07

On the morning of Wednesday 9 November DESTIN hosted a roundtable coffee morning with Prof Jean-Paul FaguetDr Elliott Green and Prof Kathy Hochstetler where students in the Department of International Development had the chance to ask professors about their life experiences, choices, and even fears they had to overcome to become who they are today. Coffee, tea, pastries and biscuits were provided.

ID Halloween Film Night: Hocus Pocus!

Tuesday 25 October | 7.00pm | PAN.G.01 (Pankhurst House, Clement's Inn)

With Halloween just around the corner, ID's DESTIN team is hosting a spooky film night for students in the department! At 7pm on Tuesday 25th October in room PAN.G.01, we'll be screening the all-time-favourite Hocus Pocus! Some snacks and drinks will be provided, so all you need to bring is your spooky self! Hocus Pocus

Online Career Networking Event: Atkins, Tetra Tech & WFP

​Monday 13 June 2022 | 5-6.30pm BST | Zoom

DESTIN is hosting an online career information and networking event for students in the Department of International Development taking place next week on Monday 13 June 2022 from 5 - 6.30pm BST. The event will be an informal 90-minute session where you will have the opportunity to hear from professionals working in the development sector and to ask questions directly in breakout rooms, from how to decide which career path will be the best fit for you to practical advice on job searching and preparing for interviews.

Confirmed speakers:

More speakers may be confirmed and full speaker bios and Zoom joining details will be sent to attendees on the morning of the event.

 LSE ID Summer Picnic in the Park

Friday 17 June 2022 | 1-3pm BST | Lincoln’s Inn Fields 

The Department of International Development is hosting a summer social event – a potluck picnic in the park – on campus from 1-3pm on Friday 17 June. We hope to see many of you there to celebrate the end of the term – stay tuned for details!

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Career Insight Event: Pursuing a PhD in International Development

On Monday 11 April 2022, DESTIN and the Department of International Development held an online event on what it's like to do a PhD in International Development. Current PhD candidate in the Department Sophie Legros and 2020 alumnus Max Gallien, who is now a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, spoke about their experiences on the PhD programme in ID and pursuing careers in academia. There was an opportunity for students to ask questions.


ID End-of-Term Boat Party

On Friday 1 April 2022, DESTIN and the Department of International Development hosted a boat party for students in the Department to celebrate the end of Lent Term. The event was a formal-dress cruise on the Thames with a light buffet-style meal, drinks and a dance floor.

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DESTIN Dissertation Coffee Hours

 On Thursday March 3 and Tuesday 22 March 2022 DESTIN Academic reps organised informal dissertation coffee/tea chat between students and academic staff! This event offered the opportunity for students to ask questions, and share and spark dissertation ideas with their peers and diverse academic staff.

Each featured a number of members of the ID and Methodology faculties: Dr Ian Madison, Dr Eleanor Power, Dr Arjan Gjonça, Dr Elliot Green, and Dr Ivan Deschenaux, Professor Ernestina Coast, Professor Kathryn Hochstetler and Professor David Keen.


DESTIN Coffee Hours with an alum

DESTIN career reps organised two coffee with an alumn sessions during lent term: one with Beatrice Smorto and Alejandra Finotto on Tuesday 15 February 2022 and one with Anusha Raghav on Wednesday 3 March 2022. Each speaker shared insight about finding work after graduating and answered questions from students.


 LSE Careers Information Session

12.00pm - 1.00pm | Thursday 20 January 2022 | Zoom event

On Thursday 20 January at 12pm (noon) the Department of International Development and DESTIN hosted a Zoom information session on services and resources available from LSE Careers.


ID's Winter Wednesdays

1 December 2021 - 5 January 2022

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DESTIN Student Organisers have coordinated a number of events across December to help students get into the festive mood.

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Date and Time: Wednesday 8 December, 5-6:15pm & 7:15-8:30pm
Staff Common Room, 5th floor Old Building

Christmas lights in London

Date and Time: Wednesday 15 December, 4pm

Winter Wonderland

Date and Time: Wednesday 22 December, 1pm
Hyde Park

Ice Skating 

Date and Time: Wednesday 29 December, 8pm
Somerset House


ID Careers Month Virtual Networking events

12-30 April 2021

DESTIN Society coordinated a series of six virtual networking events for students in the Department of International Development during ID Careers month, 12-30 April 2021.

We invited speakers from a range of organisations including IOM, UNDP, WFP, UNICEF, Dalberg, FCDO, IRC, Ecorys, ADB and many more. The event format was informal 90-minute sessions which gave students a chance to hear from professionals (including many ID alumni), ask questions and get career inspiration about different areas of work in the development sector.

Date and Time: Wednesday 14 April, 2:30-4pm BST
Organisations represented:
- International Organisation for Migration x2
- International Council of Voluntary Agencies
- Choose Love

Date and Time: Thursday 15 April, 11-12:30 BST
Organisations represented:
- Norwegian Refugee Council (Germany)
- International Committee of the Red Cross (Switzerland)
- UNICEF (Myanmar)
- Ipas (Pakistan)

Date and Time: Friday 16 April, 4-5:30pm BST
Organisations represented:
- World Food Programme (Ethiopia)
- UNRWA (Jerusalem)
- UNICEF (Syria)
- Tahaddi (Lebanon)

Date and Time: Tuesday 20 April, 6:30-8pm BST
- Development Reimagined
- Development Pathways
- Dalberg

Date and Time: Wednesday 21 April, 6-7:30pm BST
- PwC
- Dalberg

Date and Time: Tuesday 27 April, 5:30-7pm BST
- African Development Bank
- British Red Cross
- Acumen
- MBC Group


ID Quiz Night

Thursday 1 April 2021 7pm (GMT)

DESTIN society hosted another quiz night for all students and staff in the Department on the last day of Lent term, Thursday 1 April, at 7-8.15pm (GMT). This was a lovely way of celebrating the end of term together before breaking for the Easter recess. Well done to the winning teams!


ID Department Evening flow Yoga
Thursday 18 March 2021, 8:30-9:15pm (GMT)

The Department hosted a free Zoom Yoga session for both students and staff led by fantastic Yoga instructor Meghan Bonhomme.ID de-stress yoga sessions are back! As we start to head towards the end of Lent Term, DESTIN and ID have invited back the fantastic yoga instructor Meghan Bonhomme who hosted two wonderfully relaxing sessions last term. All levels of practice including beginners are welcome at this session.


Virtual Coffee Morning for Students & Staff in ID
Wednesday 10 March 2021, 10-11am (GMT)

DESTIN society hosted a virtual coffee/tea morning for all students (including MRes and PhD) and staff in ID on Wednesday, featuring some tea trivia.


ID Spyfall Game Night
Thursday 25 February 2021, 6-7pm (GMT)

DESTIN society held a virtual Spyfall game night on Thursday 25 February for all students (including MRes and PhD) and staff in ID are welcome to attend.

We split up into breakout rooms to play Spyfall, a game where all players are FBI detectives, but one person is randomly selected as a spy. Players are all given the same location, except for the spy, who has to guess the location while other players have to identify the spy.


Virtual Coffee Morning for Students & Staff in ID
Wednesday 10 February 2021, 10-11am (GMT)

DESTIN society hosted a virtual coffee/tea morning for all students (including MRes and PhD) and staff in ID on Wednesday, featuring some coffee trivia.


Virtual Catch-up for Students & Staff in ID
Thursday 28 January 2021 – 6-7pm (GMT)

A virtual informal catch-up DESTIN society for all students (including MRes and PhD) and staff in ID to start off the term.


ID Department De-Stress Yoga Sessions
Wednesday 25 November and Friday 4 December 2020, 8:30-9:15pm (GMT)

The Department hosted two free Zoom Yoga classes for both students and faculty led by certified Yoga instructor Meghan Bonhomme.


ID Quiz Night 
Wednesday 9 December 2020, 8-9pm (GMT)


DESTIN society hosted a Who's Who quiz as part of the MT 2020 social events series, which involved fun trivia about International Development staff, general knowledge and great prizes for the winning teams.


International Development Pizza Party!
Thursday 10 December 2020, 7-8pm (GMT)


The DESTIN society hosted an end-of-term online social event: International Development Pizza Party! ID students and staff got creative in making their own pizzas, competing and chatting with others and competing for prizes.

DESTIN podcasts

Humans of ID

Inspired by the “Humans of…” concept of sharing stories originated by photoblogger Brandon Stanton in New York, Humans of ID is a podcast where students in the Department, Nune, Sheren and Emily sit down with classmates, instructors, and alumni to learn about their stories. The team ask questions about how their guests became involved in the field and discuss some of the most pressing contemporary issues in international development. Listen to it here.

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