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What is development studies and decolonising development.

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Our conference this year is themed "Social justice and development in a polarising world"

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IDD, University of Birmingham: August news

New publications

  • Kate Pruce, David Hudson and Claire Mcloughlin (with J.O. Gusmão, Leticia Brancher, Carolina Carvoeiras Do Nascimento Pires, Rui Noronha, David Noano Ximenes and Levilito Da Ressureição Das Neves Baptista) published, “This is our right’: Social protection and fairness in Timor-Leste” (online soon). 

Blogs and media commentaries

Podcasts and Roundtables

The recently established Centre for Elections, Democracy, Accountability and Representation (CEDAR) launched a new podcast series called People, Power, Politics!

The series brings the latest insights into the factors shaping – and re-shaping – our political world by talking to leading thinkers from across the globe. Listen to the inaugural episode “Is democracy in trouble?” featuring IDD and CEDAR’s Prof Nic Cheeseman (guest) and Dr Petra Alderman (host), and subscribe to the series on your favourite podcast streaming platform. 

If you would like to speak on the podcast, please contact [email protected]

The Roundtable discussion featured at CEDAR’s launch, “Is democratic backsliding really happening, and if so what impact has this had on human rights and development?”, is also now available to watch online.

Other project news and media contributions

Kailing Xie:

  • presented her new book project, “Sex with Chinese Characteristics : Sexuality research in/on 21st century China” at the Beijing Normal University. 
  • presented her research article, “The Partner, the Parents, the Nation – The Negotiation of Chineseness in Discourse on ‘Love’ in Contemporary China” at the bi-annual International Sociological Association Conference, Melbourne. 
  • was interviewed by Rest of World on ‘parent matchmaking apps in China’

PGR news

IDD PhD researchers at the annual School of Government PGR conference participated in a roundtable discussion on impact and engagement beyond academia (Mia Hyun, Pamela Jabbar, Mayumi Fuchi and Krisna Puji Rahmayanti) and also presented a range of exciting papers on their thesis projects:

  • “The Economic Participation of Disabled Women in Urban Kenya: An Intersectional Approach” (Avita Soor);
  • “How do formal and informal institutions mediate the capabilities of disabled Ethiopians confronted by extreme droughts and floods?” (Paul Rogers);
  • “Climate change experiences and adaptation strategies of smallholder women farmers in Uganda” (Flavia Amayo);
  • “2018 West Nusa Tenggara Province Earthquake in Indonesia” (Krisna Puji Rahmayanti);
  • “Power dynamics, multi-level governance arrangements, and public health emergency responses in sub-Saharan Africa: evidence from West Africa” (Matt Mirecki);
  • “‘Knowledge’ and ‘Peace’: A Poststructuralist Analysis of the Conceptualisation and Operationalisation of Peacebuilding” (Rhiannon Warwick).