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These webinars explore the different subjects relating to global development challenges and research needs. 

Speakers from across the world reflect, discuss and explore their research and how collaboration and global development can better address the current challenges impacting daily lives worldwide.

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Previous webinars

Racist Disciplines? Critically exploring approaches to race in the Social Sciences and Humanities

12 February 2021

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in the summer of 2020 and the protests that followed, academics across the social scientists have been forced to scrutinize their own biases and racism with their own disciplines and institutions. In the context of Black History Month in the United States, the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre is seeking to explore how race is dealt with across three distinct disciplines.

Both fields in social sciences and humanities have long suffered from being largely founded on Eurocentric understandings of the world that often paper over colonial legacies, legacies of the slave trade and racism, and that neglect insights and contributions from the non-Western world. This has led to campaigns to decolonize the university and decolonize the curriculum. In this panel, we have experts from Political Science, Economics and English that will address how these problems manifest themselves in their own field and the movements in the fields that aim to address the disciplines’ shortcomings.



  • Professor Darrick HamiltonHenry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy and a University Professor and the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification and Political Economy at The New School. 
  • Professor Robbie Shilliam, Professor in the Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, US. Shilliam’s expertise includes the political and intellectual complicities of colonialism and race in the global order. 
  • Dr Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe, Founder and President of Women’s Institute for Science, Equity, and Race (WISER), US. Sharpe’s expertise includes gender and racial inequality, representation and diversity in economics and STEM, and the demography of higher education. She is also the co-editor of the Review of Black Political Economy.


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Migrants and refugees facing Covid-19: UK and global concerns

11 November 2020

Covid-19 is having a devastating impact across the world and on the most vulnerable.

Sara de Jong chairs a panel discussion to explore the impact of Covid-19 on refugees and those engaging in cross-continental migration. This workshop will explore these questions from the viewpoints of six expert speakers from NGOs, activism and academia whose work engages with migrants' rights.

Our speakers will focus on the types of response measures that are likely to be implemented by different actors (governments, non-government) to address migration and refugees trends. The panel will also discuss how these are likely to change as countries move from Covid-19 emergency response to recovery, as well as the fundamental principles that should be maintained to ensure they uphold the rights of migrants and refugees. 

This webinar was organised in collaboration with MigNet.


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Reflections on public health system responses during Covid-19 in low-and middle-income countries

4 November 2020

Robust and resilient health systems are effective bulwarks against shocks. Still, the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the existing and diverse nature of weaknesses of health systems across the world, especially in low-and-middle-income countries (LMIC). 

This webinar aims to synthesise perspectives from experts in academia on key lessons learnt by the health systems in LMICs in responding to the present pandemic. Our speakers will be sharing insights and experiences on measures that could contribute, or have been successful, to protect and respond to different health system constraints and challenges in different country contexts. Strategies that would help health systems in ‘building back better’ make them resilient against similar future shocks, and the resource needs commensurate to such responses will also be discussed.


  • Dr Achin Chakraborty is a Professor of Economics and currently the Director of the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata
  • Dr Daniel Maceira is a Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of State and Society (CEDES), Independent Researcher for CONICET, Director of the Health Policy Department at FUNDAR, and Professor at the Economic Department, National University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina. 
  • Dr Weeam Hammoudeh is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Palestine. She holds a PhD and MA in Sociology from Brown University and an MPH from Birzeit University.


  • Dr Papiya Mazumdar is a geographer and population scientist for the Department of Health, at the University of York. Her research focuses on environmental linkages to population health, including socioeconomic vulnerabilities of populations, in Low-and-Middle-Income Countries

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Inequalities in Global Finance and Gender: Economic Responses to Covid-19

30 July 2020

Covid-19 is exacerbating social and economic inequalities across the world. Developing countries face particularly severe constraints to economic policy-making. There has been a dramatic reversal of capital flows in the wake of the pandemic and many developing countries have experienced currency depreciation as well as severe debt and liquidity problems. As fiscal spaces have become constrained, activists, academics, and policy-makers are calling for debt moratoria, debt relief and IMF support. 

At the same time, feminist economists across the world have been pointing to the fact that COVID-19 also exacerbates gender inequalities, because of the uneven impact of the lockdown on women. This webinar brings these two perspectives together to unpack the economic and financial consequences of the pandemic on developing economies and women in developing economies in particular and hopes to open a discussion on what kinds of policies at the global and domestic level are necessary to address the challenges developing countries, and in particular women in developing countries, face.


  • Daniela Gabor is a Professor of Economics and Macro-Finance at the University of West England, Bristol
  • Crystal Simeoni is Director of NAWI: Afrifem Macroeconomics 


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Climate justice movements and Covid-19 in the Global South

7 July 2020

Recent debates have linked future climate action to the current responses to Covid-19. How investments are made will determine how communities in the Global South, who have contributed least to climate change, are impacted by current and future climate change. This is likely to change how local, national and regional communities engage in advocacy for climate justice. This session will highlight why local-national-regional linkages in climate justice are important for climate change policy and will also bring together experiences from two regions in the Global South—Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. 


  • Dr Deborah Delgado Pugley is a Professor and Researcher of Sociology at PUCP (Peru) focusing on global environmental politics, sustainable development policies and environmental issues at the community level.
  • Dr Prakash Kashwan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Co-Director of the Research Program on Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs.
  • Zainab Aliyu is a 3rd Year Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar in Climate Justice at the University of Reading.


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Covid-19 and the ‘Global Development Industry’

29 June 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is having an unprecedented effect on global development. But could this time be both unprecedented and liminal? Could it offer us a unique opportunity to rethink the Development Industry and how we approach the business of development? And what might that look like? Or will we all return to ‘business as usual’?

Christine Wallace chairs a panel discussion to explore the impact of Covid-19 on the Global Development industry and discuss the challenges presented by Covid-19 to the business of development. This workshop will explore these questions from the viewpoints of five speakers from different aspects of the ‘development industry’.


  • Dr Rita Bissoonauth presently heads the African Union International Centre for Girls and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
  • Dr Joanne Bosworth is UNICEF’s Chief of Public Finance and Local Governance based in New York where she leads UNICEF’s global programmatic work to support the development and resourcing of equitable social policies to realise children’s rights. 
  • Dr Nicholas Burnett has over 30 years of experience in Development, particularly in the education sector. His last position was leading the global education portfolio at Results for Development (R4D), but his distinguished career includes spells with UNESCO, the World Bank, the British government and his own consulting firm.
  • Jonathan Glennie is a writer, researcher, consultant and practitioner on international poverty and human rights.
  • John Young is Executive director of INASP. Previously, John was head of the RAPID (Research and Policy in Development) programme at ODI, a global leader on the research-policy interface. 


  • Christine Wallace is a consultant in International Development, with 30 years experience spanning from NGO work on relief and rehabilitation, managing area-based development programmes with UN agencies, advising governments on sector policies with DFID, to policy development with DFID and the European Union.

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Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Time of Coronavirus: Perspectives from Brazil and India

12 June 2020

Covid-19 interacts with underlying political trends in the 'rising powers', especially their complex relationship with democracy and authoritarianism. This session explored how the coronavirus pandemic affects political dynamics in Brazil and India, and particularly the perceived shift of both countries towards more authoritarian governance in recent years. The session examined how the crisis intersects with the politics of Hindutva in India and the end of the Pink Tide in Brazil, how it affects the quality of democracy and the potential of movements which oppose the governments in both countries.


  • Dr Sabrina Fernandes, academic and activist, researching currents within left activism in Brazil during the rise of Jair Bolsonaro
  • Dr Harsh Mander, public intellectual working on human rights, citizenship and social exclusion.