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Understanding Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

June 10, 2014

University of Leeds, Centre for Global Development Summer School

23-26 June 2014

If you want to change the world you need to understand it. This is particularly important in the field of International Development. That is why The Centre for Global Development has decided to run its 2014 Summer School with the theme ‘Understanding Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’. We invite you to take part in this exciting four days programme that covers key development themes and looks at them from various disciplinary angles in order to learn about and discuss how different analytical lenses shape our way of seeing ‘the problem’ and ‘the solution’ to particular development issues. As participants of our Summer School you will take part in small-size interactive lectures and workshops, taught by key experts in various fields of International Development, drawn from different Departments and Faculties at the University of Leeds. Via interactions with our staff/experts and your fellow students, you will deepen your capabilities and skills related to critical thinking and analysis, research, group work, and communication. All learning will take place in a friendly and stimulating atmosphere.

Keynote speakers:

·         Dr  Jose Manuel Roche (Research director of "Save the Children"), "Leave no one Behind" principle in the post 2015 Agenda

·        Professor Ruth Pearson (Emeritus Professor of International Development at the University of Leeds), "It’s so hard to do development: problems and possibilities of equitable development in the 21st Century"

Key Sessions

·           Poverty

·          Climate Compatible Development in rural Africa and Bottom-up Development in Urban Rio de Janeiro and Leeds

·           Water Scarcity and Corporate Social Responsibility

·           Human rights, social movements and power

In addition to the above interactive lectures and workshops, the summer school will include panel discussion on Development Alternatives; practice oriented workshop run by the Researchers in Development Network (RiDNet); film screening and discussion on farmers’ uprising in Tunisia and Egypt. To apply for the summer school, please contact Egle Cesnulyte ( The full fee for University of Leeds students is £350, for everyone else £400. The fee covers tuition fee, course material, lunches, tea/coffee/snacks, the summer school diner and all course related costs. Accommodation and travel costs are not included. For more information, visit  or e-mail:

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