Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice, 2021/22

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.

Last year, we moved the series online, which meant we could host speakers from around the world, and also stream the series online, which opened it up further to a global audience. This year, we will continue to do this! 

The series is convened by Professor in Practice, Duncan Green and  Professor James Putzel

LSE Students, Staff and Alumni can register here
(you do not need to register if you are a ID student or staff)

Non-LSE audiences can stream the series and watch back via YouTube


Full event schedule (Fridays from 4pm-6pm):  


(Joining from) 


Michaelmas Term     
Week 1;
1st Oct

Antonio Giustozzi
Deniz Kandiyotti, SOAS
Orzala Nemat, SOAS
and Pashtana DurraniLEARN

Panel: The implosion of the Afghan State: what next for women and the nation? 
Discussant: -

Week 2; 8th Oct


Ha-Joon Chang


The Political Economy of Parasite (the movie)
Discussant: Francisco Ferreira, LSE

Week 3; 15th Oct


Gabriel Palma


Why the Rich Stay Rich (no matter what)
Discussant: Branko Milanovic, CUNY

Week 4; 22nd Oct


Clare Short
Former Secretary of State for International Development

What's wrong with Aid?
Chair: James Putzel, LSE

Week 5; 29th Oct

Mushtaq Khan

Making Anti-Corruption Effective: A New Approach
Discussant: Uche Igwe, Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa, LSE

Week 7; 12th Nov

Jayati Ghosh

Access to vaccines and the limiting role of intellectual property rights and pharma monopolies
Discussant: Kevin Watkins, LSE and Former chief executive of Save the Children UK

Week 8; 19th Nov

Agnes Kalibata

Paradigm shifts in food systems
Discussant: Ian Scoones, IDS 

Week 9;  26th Nov

Ingrid Srinath

COVID-19, Corporatisation and Closing Space: The Triple Threat to Civil Society in India
Discussant: David Lewis, LSE

Week 10; 3rd Dec

Terhas Clark

Mosharraf Hossain
Global Inclusion Consulting

Disability, Development, Rights and Inclusion
Discussant: -

Lent Term     
Week 1; 21st Jan

Tasneem Essop
Climate Action Network

Outcomes of COP26 and where next on Climate?
Discussant: Tim Gore, The Institute for European Environmental Policy

Week 2; 28th Jan

Irungu Houghton
Executive director, Amnesty International Kenya

Human rights organizing in Africa during a global pandemic: Trends and Insights
Discussant: Chaloka Beyani, LSE

Week 3; 4th Feb

Lise Grande
CEO of the U.S. Institute of Peace

Peacebuilding in Today’s World
Discussant: David Keen, LSE

Week 4; 11th Feb

Isabella Weber

How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate
Discussant: Andrew Fischer, The International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

Week 5; 18th Feb

Rafeef Ziadah

Covid19 crisis and de-development in Palestine
Discussant: Mark Ayyash, Mount Royal University Calgary Canada

Cancelled due to UCU strike action

For any questions related to the online event series, please email