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Peter Mollinga Announced as Interim Director of LIDC from October

We are delighted to announce that Professor Peter Mollinga has been appointed as interim Director of the LIDC, seconded part-time from his position as Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. After serving as Director of LIDC for nine years, Professor Jeff Waage will retire at the end of September this year. Professor Waage says:

 “I am delighted with Peter's appointment. In his work on water systems and development, where he has integrated natural and social sciences to understand the needs of poor communities and, more generally, in his contributions to global thinking on interdisciplinary research for international development, Peter exemplifies the mission and objectives of LIDC. It is not surprising that he was invited to be the first to deliver the annual LIDC Interdisciplinary Lecture in 2014. I am sure that he will maintain LIDC's momentum and make new and exciting contribution to our activities as our Interim Director.”

Peter is a pioneer of an interdisciplinarity that embodies LIDC's approach to international development. Initially training as an engineer, he then went on to study a PhD on the political economy of water management. Within SOAS, where Peter has worked since 2010, he participates in the South Asia Institute, Food Studies Centre, the Centre for Water and Development and the Agrarian Change and Development research cluster. Peter says:

"I very much look forward to being LIDC's interim Director. It will give me the opportunity to focus more on my interest in interdisciplinary research,  particularly across the boundaries of the natural and social sciences. Even though it is only for the interim period  I hope to be able to facilitate new collaborative research initiatives for the Bloomsbury college with the support and guidance of the great team at LIDC and the LIDC management and strategy groups."

Peter will serve as interim director of LIDC for eight months whilst a new permanent director is recruited.

Further information on Peter's research background and expertise can be found here.