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May 2016

Food and Brexit; implications for public health and environmental policy
This seminar explores the food terrain exposed by the wider “Brexit versus Bremain” Referendum question to be decided by the voting UK public on June 23. Based on a briefing paper published by the Food Research Collaboration, it was written to raise issues; to invite academics and civil society working on food matters to consider how their work fits this momentous issue; and to aid informed decisions.

Development Matters: LIDC's Podcasts

The Development Matters series explores today's major international development issues through in-depth interviews with interdisciplinary experts from Bloomsbury Colleges. 

September 2016

This episode looks at development education in schools and how to engage children in global development issues. Dr. Doug Bourn, Director of UCL’s Development Education Research Centre and SOAS Senior Fellow Dr. Ben Dix, founder of the charity PositiveNegatives, discuss the concept of ‘global citizenship’, why teaching children about sustainable development and humanitarianism is important and how to educate children on issues such as conflict, migration, climate change and poverty.

Development Matters: Education, Health and Climate Change
April 2015
A recent DfID Evidence on Demand Topic Guide, written by Dr Nicole Blum at UCL Institute of Education, has sparked a discussion about the interdisciplinary responses around climate change. This podcast goes into detail on the many issues presented by climate change to education and health in global development. Education levels are often closely linked with health issues - due to the underlying issue of poverty - what common challenges and opportunities do communities face in 'climate proofing' infrastructure and systems? What do the terms 'vulnerability' and 'resilience' mean in this context?

Development Matters: Health and Sustainability of Palm Oil
January 2015
Palm oil is almost ubiquitous in our food. But what is it doing to our health and the economies & environment where it is produced? An international collaboration, part of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research in Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), has recently been awarded funding from the grant from the Wellcome Trust to co-lead a pilot research project on health and sustainability aspects of palm oil. The research project ‘POSHE: Palm Oil: Sustainability, Health and Economics’ started last September and is co-led.

Impact of malaria on cognitive development of children
September 2014
Dr. Yvonne Griffiths, Institute of Education; and Dr. Sian Clarke, LSHTM, were awarded an LIDC Fellowship to assess the impact of malaria on cognitive development of young children in Mali and Senegal. In the latest LIDC podcast they talk about designing their project and doing fieldwork in a challenging, politically unstable and multi-lingual setting.

Does land use change influence macaque behaviour and interactions with humans? (Interview with LIDC Fellows)
April 2014
In May 2013 LIDC awarded its first Fellowship grants for interdisciplinary research in international development to three inter-college teams of academics from Bloomsbury Colleges. Nearly a year into the projects, LIDC talked to one of the teams: Martha Betson, Research Fellow in One Health at the Royal Veterinary College; and Julian Drewe, Lecturer in veterinary epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College.

Livestock value chains and nutritional status of women and children
March 2014
A team from the Royal Veterinary College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and their partners have been awarded a grant to study the relationship between livestock value chains and nutritional status of women and children.
LIDC talked to the researchers involved in the project:
Dr. Paula Dominguez-Salas, Postdoctoral Researcher in Nutrition at the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group at RVC
Dr. Barbara Haesler, Lecturer in Agrihealth at RVC
Dr. Elaine Ferguson, Senior Lecturer at LSHTM

World AIDS Day 2013 - Mapping the social context of transitions to injecting drug use and HIV risk in Kenya
December 2013
 LIDC talks to Dr. Andy Guise, LSHTM, and Margarita Dimova, SOAS. Together with Dr. Phil Clark from SOAS and Dr. Paul Turnbull from Birkbeck, Andy and Margarita are working on an interdisciplinary, inter-collegiate project supported by the LIDC Fellowship Scheme: ‘Mapping the social context of transitions to injecting drug use and HIV risk in Kenya’.

How to achieve development in a carbon constrained world?
October 2013
LIDC talks to Prof. Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Dr. Frauke Urban, Lecturer in Environment and Development at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

World Food Day 2012: Agri-Health – a new paradigm to tackle hunger and malnutrition?
October 2012
Interview with Bhavani Shankar, Professor of International Agriculture, Food and Health at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); and Alan Dangour, Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Registered Nutritionist, about how to align agriculture and health in order to feed the growing global population in a healthy and sustainable manner.

World Health Day 2012 - Why One Health matters
April 2012
Interview with Steve Lindsay, Professor of Public Health Entomology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and Richard Kock, Professor of Wildlife Health and Emerging Diseases at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), about what is 'One Health' and why it matters.

World AIDS Day 2011 - What have we learned; what are our hopes?
December 2011
Interview with Deborah Johnston, Senior Lecturer in Development Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies; and Peter Godfrey-Faussett, Professor of International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and consultant physician at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

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LIDC Events

We record most of our public events: conferences, seminars, book launches etc. Audio recordings can be found in the Events section. Below is a selection of podcasts from our flagship events.

The Global Challenge Research Fund – A New Opportunity for International Development Research 19 May 2016

Malcolm Potts Lecture - Crisis in the Sahel: Where Population and Climate Change Are Colliding 21 July 2015

Biennial Conference 2015 - Interdisciplinary Research for Development

'Big Thoughts and Big Thinkers in Development. A Guide to the Bestsellers' by Prof. Stefan Dercon, Chief Economist of the UK Department for International Development (DfID) (audio)

Inaugural LIDC Lecture on Interdisciplinarity and International Development (Prof. Peter Mollinga, SOAS) (video and podcast)

3ie-LIDC Seminar Series 'What works in international development' (audio)

LCIRAH Research Seminars on agriculture and health (audio)

First LIDC Bi-Annual Conference ‘Five years of interdisciplinary research in development – looking back and looking forward’ (videos and podcasts)

LIDC-ONE Roundtable Debate: 'From Research to Advocacy – bridging the gap'
This event, organised jointly by LIDC and ONE, looked at how to bridge the gap between research, advocacy and policy for international development, using the format of an interactive debate.


LIDC & The Guardian Development Debate: Are Slum Free Cities Achievable? 6 February 2016

Peter Mollinga inaugural lecture and PhotoVoice presentation 13 December 2016  

Stephen Twigg talk 'The Future of UK Development Policy Post Brexit and Trump'  5 December 2016

LIDC and The Guardian Development Debate: Are We Getting Aid Right? 27 October 2016

Interdisciplinary working: UCL-IOE and LSHTM 1 July 2015

Food systems and disease 29 June 2015

Infant neuroscience, interdisciplinary and intercollegiate working 26 June 2015

Sustainable Development Goals - explained in 4 mins 16 June 2015

Women's Time in Agriculture and Nutrition 17 April 2015
Hazel Malapit from IFPRI talks about the research into women’s time in reproductive work and nutrition. Using data from Bangladesh, Ghana and Nepal, the objectives of the study are to examine the conditions in which lack of women’s time in reproductive work leads to poorer maternal and child nutrition

Inaugural LIDC Lecture on Interdisciplinarity and International Development (Prof. Peter Mollinga, SOAS) (video and podcast)

'Making Agriculture Work for Nutrition' - Launch of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition and other Global Panel events
29 October 2013

Keynote address  ‘Challenges for the 21st Century’
by Prof. Sir John Beddington, UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser 2008-2013
May 2013

Beyond Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a new development agenda?
May 2013
In 2010 LIDC brought together an interdisciplinary team of experts from Bloomsbury Colleges to produce a report published by the Lancet: ‘The Millennium Development Goals: a cross-sectoral analysis and principles for goal setting  after 2015’. In this session we brought together MDG experts to revisit the findings of the Lancet-LIDC Commission and examine progress on the MDGs since the report’s publication. Secondly, we looked beyond 2015: What should be the shape of future goals?

"The Politics of Food: the View from 2012", lecture by Marion Nestle, New York University
A lecture by Marion Nestle; Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University. This lecture was delivered on the 2nd July 2012 as part of the 2nd Annual LCIRAH Agri-Health Workshop entitled: The Role of Agricultural and Food Systems Research in Combating Chronic Disease for Development. Organised by the London International Development Centre (LIDC), recorded at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London.

Lancet-LIDC Commission - September 2010
After The Millennium Development Goals: Lessons Learned and Future Goal Setting Examined in The Lancet-London International Development Centre Commission.

LIDC: Science and Innovation for Development (Part 1): Professor Calestous Juma
Professor Calestous Juma, Harvard University, launches the new book entitled Science and Innovation for Development by Professor Gordon Conway, Imperial College London, and Professor Jeff Waage, London International Development Centre.

LIDC: Science and Innovation for Development (Part 2): Prof Gordon Conway and Prof Jeff Waage
Professor Gordon Conway, Imperial College London, and Professor Jeff Waage, London International Development Centre, launch their new book entitled Science and Innovation for Development.

LIDC: Millennium Development Goal 7: Environment
Professor Tony Allan, of SOAS and Kings College London, raises the importance of politics and governance as he discusses MDG7s aim of environmental sustainability.

LIDC: Millennium Development Goal 6: HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria
Professor John Porter, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, speaks of certain progress in addressing HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

LIDC: Millennium Development Goal 5: Maternal Health
Professor Oona Campbell, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, describes progress towards MDG5, which aims to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters, as severely off-track.

LIDC: Millennium Development Goal 4: Child Mortality
Professor Kim Mulholland, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, focuses on inequity and and poor quality data relating to child mortality.

LIDC: Millennium Development Goal 3: Gender
Professor Elaine Unterhalter, of the Institute of Education, and Professor Charlotte Watts, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, pool their expertise to present a powerful critique of the narrowness of MDG3.

LIDC: Millennium Development Goal 2: Universal Primary Education
Professor Angela Little, of the Institute of Education, shows how MDG2s aim of universal primary education overlooks the complexity of improving education.

LIDC: Millennium Development Goal 1: Poverty and Hunger
Professor Andrew Dorward, of the School of Oriental and African Studies, highlights the uneven performance across continents towards achieving MDG1's targets.

LIDC: Overview of the Millennium Development Goals (inc. MDG8)
Professor Terry McKinley, of the School of Oriental and African Studies, broadly praises the MDG framework.