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Summer School 2013

Crisis in Development? The Millennium Development Goals & the Post-2015 Agenda

The MDGs have been a milestone in contemporary global and national development efforts, having helped to set priorities and intensify development efforts. In 2015 it seems likely that many of the goals will not be achieved; what does this mean for development after 2015?  In addition to providing an introduction to development, the summer school will explore how the post-2015 agenda relates to different development issues, such as health, water and sanitation, and education.


  • Gender and Development, Dr Jelke Boesten, School of Politics and International Studies
  • Health and Development, Dr Stephen Pearson, Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development
  • Communication for Development, Dr Chris Paterson, Institute of Communication Studies
  • Environmental Sustainability, Dr Susannah Sallu, School of Earth and Environment
  • Water and Sanitation, Barbara Evans, School of Civil Engineering
  • Education and Development, Dr Caroline Dyer, School of Politics and International Studies
  • Political Economy of Development, Professor Gary Dymski, Leeds University Business School
  • Theatre for Development, Professor Jane Plastow, School of English

In addition to the above interactive lectures and seminars, the summer school will include a panel discussion on International Aid and influential keynote speakers.

Panel - Perspectives on International Aid

  • Dr Simon Lightfoot, School of Politics and International Studies
  • Dr Jörg Wiegratz, School of Politics and International Studies
  • Rowshan Hannan, PhD Researcher, School of Earth and Environment, Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Adviser to Department for International Development (DFID)

Keynote Speakers included:

Hilary Benn MP

Hilary is MP for Leeds Central and the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Previously, he served as International Development Secretary, as a Minister in the Home Office, as Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and as the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons.

Dr Suman Seth

Dr Suman Seth is a Research Officer with Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). He has a PhD in economics from Vanderbilt University, USA. He is an economist and has served as consultants to the Regional Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP, and the Development Research Groups at the World Bank. His primary interest lies in the area of Development Economics with special emphasis on measurement methodologies and policy-oriented applications of multidimensional welfare and poverty measures.

Aidian Foster-Carter

Aidan Foster-Carter is a Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at the University of Leeds.  He has followed Korean affairs for 45 years, and since 1997 has been a full-time Korea analyst and consultant, writing, lecturing and broadcasting for academic, business and policy audiences worldwide.

**The summer school is supported by Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)