Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice, 2022

The Cutting Edge Issues in Development series is back, and this year we have another fantastic line up of guest speakers from around the world working in the field of International Development. 

The new academic year has just started, and this means we are back with our exciting lecture series ‘Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice’! This visiting lecture series, which is hosted by the International Development Department, provides students and guests with invaluable insights into the practical world of international development.

This year, we move the series back to in-person for our students and staff, but we will continue to offer online audience the chance to join the lectures via Zoom.We will also be sharing each lecture on YouTube, Podcast and through student reflections on our blog. 

The series is convened by Professor in Practice, Duncan Green and  Dr Laura Mann

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This event is free although registration is required. 
Please register here

Full event schedule (Fridays from 4pm-5.30pm):  


Speaker + Discussant

Topic - click through for more lecture info

Michaelmas Term     
Week 3; 14th Oct


Ha-Joon Chang

Discussant: Sinéad Murphy, SRHE


Economics vs Science Fiction – what can each learn from the other?

Week 4; 21th Oct


Rafeef Ziadah
King's College London

Discussant: Dr Tiziana Leone, LSE


Working Palestine: Covid19, Labour and De-development in Palestine

Week 5; 28th Oct


Branko Milanovic
City University of New York

Discussant: Professor Francisco Ferreira, LSE

Recent trends in global income distribution and their political implications

Week 7; 11th Nov


Naomi Hossain
American University, Washington

Discussant: Dr Raj Patel, The University of Texas at Austin

The popular politics of 21st century food and fuel riots

Week 8; 18th Nov


Jayati Ghosh

Discussant: Professor Kathy Hochstetler, LSE

Why inequality is the basic driver of the climate crisis, and what we can do about it

Week 9; 25th Nov


Mushtaq Khan

Discussant: Dr Dan Honig, UCL

Making Anti-Corruption Real: How to Stop Wasting Money and Start Making Progress

Cancelled due to UCU strike action

Week 10;  2nd Dec (Online only, from 12-1.30pm)

Nanjala Nyabola 
Writer and Researcher

Idrees Ahmad
University of Essex

Kecheng Fang
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Amil Khan
Director and Founder of Valent Projects

Platforms for deliberation or disinformation? social media and development

For any questions related to the event series, please email