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Join us on 29th November for the CGD 2017 Annual Lecture with the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership

CGD Annual Lectures
Networking Event

Leaving no one behind - pipe dream or possibility? An interdisciplinary panel on prospects for the SDGs

Wednesday 29th November 2017. 5pm to 7.30pm. Maurice Keyworth, LT (GR.02), University of Leeds Business School

Join us for a drinks reception in the foyer at 7pm. All welcome.

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Keynote speakers

Professor Richard Lilford. Professor of Public Heath, University of Warwick and Director of Warwick International Centre for Applied Health Research and Delivery

Julia Kercher. Expert Consultant on Governance, Peacebuilding and SDG 16, UNDP Oslo Governance Centre

The keynotes will be followed by a panel discussion. Confirmed speakers include Professor Lea Berrang-Ford (Priestly International Centre for Climate) and CGD Co-Directors Professor Caroline Dyer (Education and International Development) and Professor Barbara Evans (Civil Engineering).

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Speaker bios

Professor Richard Lilford is Professor of Public Health at the University of Warwick and directs the Warwick International Centre for Applied Health Research and Delivery, pursuing a programme of applied health research in developing countries with an emphasis on service delivery research. During his academic career Professor Lilford has published 300+ peer-reviewed publications (h-index 80) and been either a principle investigator or co-applicant on over 100 externally grant-funded projects. He was corresponding author on a Lancet series on the health of people who live in slums which includes models, data and analysis. He is a co-Principal Investigator on a successful application to the Rockefeller Foundation to hold a prestigious Bellagio Conference on statistical and demographical characterisation of slums and recently presented his work in slum health to WHO in Quito (at the UN-Habitat 30 years conference), United Nations Population Fund and the US Agency for International Development. He was recently awarded an NIHR grant of £5.6million (with additional matched funding from the University of Warwick) to establish the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums. Professor Lilford is also the Warwick co-lead for the $8m Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa that aims to strengthen doctoral training in Africa.

Julia Kercher is Expert Consultant Governance & Peacebuilding – SDG 16 at UNDP, Oslo Governance Centre. Julia recently worked as a Policy Adviser in the Department for International Human Rights Policy at the German Institute for Human Rights where she focused on the 2030 Agenda/SDGs and on environment and human rights. Before that, Julia was with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights where, inter alia, she represented the High Commissioner in the UN’s Technical Support Team to the GA’s Open Working Group on the SDGs before and during the negotiations. Prior to this, Julia worked for UNDP where she managed a pilot project to mainstream human rights in UNDP’s country and global work on poverty reduction (including in ten pilot countries and UNDG’s MDG Acceleration Framework) and kicked off UNDP’s global work on the rights of persons with disabilities. Julia has also worked for non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International, CARE and Transparency International. She holds a German law degree and a Masters degree in "Development Practice" from Oxford Brookes University, spent part of her law training in Rwanda and Bolivia and speaks English, Spanish and French.

Professor Lea Berrang Ford is a Professor and Research Chair in Climate and Health in the Priestley International Centre for Climate at Leeds University and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Scholar. She is a former Canada Research Chair and Trottier Fellow in Science and Public Policy. Her research focuses on the nexus of climate change and health, particularly infectious diseases, and novel metrics for tracking adaptation to climate change. Dr. Berrang Ford draws on her background in epidemiology and geography to develop novel approaches to answering grand challenges in environmental health, typically combining both qualitative and quantitative methods. Her epidemiologic research has predominantly been based in Uganda, with a focus on social and environmental determinants of vectorborne and zoonotic disease, and spatial analysis of infectious disease spread. She is a co-founder of TRAC3: Tracking Adaptation to Climate Change Consortium, and co-leads the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change project in the Canadian north, the Peruvian Amazon, and southwestern Uganda. She is the co-editor of the book “Adaptation in Developed Nations: from Theory to Practice,” a lead author on the 2017 UNEP-DTU Adaptation Gap Report (Assessing Global Adaptation Progress). Her research on climate change adaptation is widely cited in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report (WGII, 2014). She has been an expert advisor on climate change and health for the Auditor General of Canada and the United States Centres for Disease Control.

Professor Caroline Dyer is professor of Education and International Development at the University of Leeds.  A linguist by training, Professor Dyer’s interests are in education, social inclusion and social justice, particularly for mobile communities. She has worked extensively in South Asia, and also in Afghanistan, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Professor Dyer is Co-Director of the University of Leeds Centre for Global Development, and former Chair of the British Association for International and Comparative Education, and of the Editorial Board of the Association’s journal Compare.

Professor Barbara Evans holds the chair in Public Health Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds. Her research activities centre on sanitation, hygiene and water services in the global south.  Professor Evans’ research includes sanitation in low income urban communities, rural sanitation and water/sanitation in cities and towns. Within these areas, particular emphasis is placed on the development of effective strategies for management and disposal of faecal sludge, alternatives to conventional water borne sewerage in dense urban areas, effectiveness of rural sanitation programmes, sustainability and equity in community-wide approaches which eliminate open defecation, health impacts of open defecation practices, technologies and institutions to link community sanitation and water investments with city networks. Professor Evans is Co-Director of the University of Leeds Centre for Global Development.


Maurice Keyworth building is Leeds University Business Schoo. For Sat Nav, please use postcode LS6 1AN to take you directly to the Business School. The Business School is on the corner of Clarendon and Moorland Roads.