Events

Blog post by Dr. Lata Narayanaswamy, POLIS How do social scientists involved in multifarious research agendas negotiate disciplinary boundaries? How might we enable more effective collaboration between diverse and multi-level discourses and practice? How do we achieve shared aims of elevating social science understanding and engagement whilst simultaneously responding to...

Last month Centre for Global Development held its annual Summer School. The theme was The Post-2015 Agenda, and over four days we had an array of lectures, interactive workshops, simulations, debates, talks and presentations from University of Leeds lecturers, guest speakers, practitioners, activists – and 18 fantastic participants from different...

Reflections on ‘The post-2015 development agenda: manifesto for an age of global inequality and turmoil?’ With the Centre for Global Development 2015 summer school sadly at an end I have had some time to reflect on the many interesting discussions and activities that filled the week and made the time...

My name is Franziska and I studied the MA International Communication at the School of Media and Communication this year. I was lucky enough to obtain a departmental bursary to attend the Centre for Global Development Summer School 2015, which was a great experience both academically and personally. It allowed...

Studying a master of science in development studies at Lund University in Sweden, I am evidently interested in the past, present and future trends i.e. theories and practices in international development. Seeing that the field of development to be very heterogeneous and dynamic, I continuously seek to advance my knowledge,...

The problem with Voluntourism by Katie Lawrence In October myself and two other POLIS students attended a conference to help us answer some questions about the so-called volunteering that many British students travel overseas to part take in. I had so many questions; questions that I felt needed exploring. I...

Blog post by Michaelie Coughlan A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to attend a conference on the ethics of international volunteering. This is something quite close to my heart because, since I can remember, I have always strived towards a career in the humanitarian sector and, having quite...

Blog post by Lara Peterson I applied to attend the Tourism Concern International Volunteering Conference in London for one main reason – the concept of ‘voluntourism’ and unethical volunteering placements abroad had been playing on my mind for almost a year. I took a gap year after Sixth Form and...