International Development


Staff and students at the Department of International Development have developed partnerships with a number of innovative organizations, and frequently organize events on campus that grapple with the most pertinent and difficult issues facing International Development practitioners today.

Find out more about prize-winning and published student work, staff and student collaborations with humanitarian organizations, staff and student engagements with art and development, and recent events that have taken place at Sussex.

Sussex Development Lectures

The Sussex Development Lecture series is an opportunity to hear from leading global thinkers on development. It is jointly run by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the School of Global Studies and the Centre for International Education based at the University of Sussex and open to students, staff and members of the general public. Watch Professor Pete Newell from our School speak as part of the launch event for the 2019 Sussex Development Lectures on 'Global Development Challenges: Towards a Politics of Hope':

Global Undergraduate Awards

Yume Tamiya, a BA International Development with International Education graduate (2019) was selected as a Global Winner in the Social Sciences category for the 2019 Global Undergraduate Awards. The award was based on work submitted to her third year 'Human Rights' option. Yume was also Highly Commended for a separate piece of work that she had submitted to another third year option, 'Wealth, Inequality and Development'. The latter piece was acknowledge by the Centre for Global Political Economy for their inaugural Gender and Global Political Economy prize, and has been published in the CGPE Working Paper Series

ESRC Festival of Social Science

A number of the Sussex International Development faculty, including Dr Paul Gilbert and Dr Meike Fechter participated in the 2019 ESRC Festival of Social Science, which brings social science research to a wider audience. As part of the Atmospheres of Violence research project led by Dr Mary Menton, Paul Gilbert co-organized an exhibition of work by and about environmental and land defenders, in partnership with ONCA (a gallery in Brighton), Not1More and The Democracy Center, and hosted a discussion about environmental defenders and decolonial solidarity with speakers from the Phulbari Solidarity Group and Wretched of the Earth. The exhibition displayed photgraphs, films and paintings by Denilson Baniwa (Brazil), Jaider Esbell (Brazil), Philip Gain (Bangladesh), Edgar Kanaykõ Xakriabá (Brazil), Mot Kimry (Cambodia), Polen Ly (Cambodia), and Mona Simon (Cambodia). 


Nicola Anderson Bursary: Public Art & Development in South Korea

The Nicola Anderson Bursary was set up in memory of a former Sussex student, and can be used for projects taking place in the summer vacation between students’ second and third year. In 2018, Nalishuwa Ikachana was awarded the bursary for a project on the social and economic effects of public art in South Korea:

"I undertook fieldwork in South Korea during my exchange program in 2018. Fortunately, I was granted the Nicola Anderson Bursary that allowed me to conduct this research in Seoul and Busan. Using semi structured interviews, with the help of a translator. I wanted to see the effect of art projects that aimed to revitalize disadvantaged communities. The study was conducted in Ihwa Mural village, Seoul and Gamcheon Cultural Village, Busan..." Read the full report here

Postgraduate Publications

Many of our postgraduates carry out fantastic, original research during placements or while writing their dissertations. In 2017, two students from the MA Environment, Development and Policy published their original work. 

Vicki Chillcott co-published a chapter on the politics of marine plastics pollution in an edited volume on The Circular Economy in the Global South (Schröder, Anantharaman, Anggraeni, and Foxon, 2018), and Ben Gilbey published his work on land degradation, drawing on a placement at IUCN, in Environmental Science & Policy

Decolonising Development Workshop

In our teaching and practice, faculty at the Sussex Department for International Development are particularly concerned with what it means to decolonise development, to examine and undo colonial legacies that shape contemporary development, and to focus on learning from the Global South rather than assuming that exporting models from the Global North always leads to the best outcomes. In the Autumn Term of 2017, we hosted a workshop on Decolonising Development, scribed here by Raquel Duran:

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Humanitarian Design Partnership with RedR

Staff at the International Development department at Sussex are involved in cutting edge research on Humanitarian Design. Dr Anke Schwittay, working in partnership with RedR, a humanitarian training organization, recently received a grant from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund to develop and fieldtest innovative impact measurement methodologies. See the project blog here, and more information on the project here. Read the final project report here.

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