Development Studies Week 2022

Following the success of the 2021 event, joined by hundreds of students from over 50 countries, we're excited to announce Development Studies Week 2022. Taking place from 25-29 April, it will feature leading academics and current students providing an insight into postgraduate development studies at Sussex.

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    1stin the world for Development Studies for the sixth year running*

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    Over 25thematic Masters development courses, taught in 4 different schools and the Institute of Development Studies, with interdisciplinarity throughout

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    25Different online events, featuring academics, international students and alumni

*QS World University Rankings 2022

Development Studies Week 2022

Following the success of our first Development Studies Week in 2021, in which hundreds of prospective students from over 50 countries joined our weeklong series of events, we were thrilled to launch Development Studies Week 2022. It provided an exciting introduction to where and how we teach postgraduate development studies at Sussex and the top careers our graduates go onto.

Each School and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), provided daily online events introducing you to their disciplines, entry requirements, unique benefits and career prospects.

Sessions were hosted by a range of leading academics and featured former international students (alumni), who gave an overview of their careers and answered questions in webinars and live interactive Instagram Live sessions.

The week also featured research talks and sample lectures, allowing students to get a taste of the teaching style, what it's like to study at Sussex, and the leading work our academics do in their areas.

Discover our programme and recordings for Development Studies Week 2022 below and see a current student video introduction to what the week was about here

You can also watch back recordings from last year here

See an article written for Development Studies Week, by Professor Elizabeth Harrison (Head of School of Global Studies) and Professor Melissa Leach (Director of IDS), here

A collage of people in various online webinars, facing their computers and chatting with staff and students

A sample of sessions that took place during Development Studies Week 2022.

 

Programme of events

Please note: This page is continuously updated and subject to change. Check this page regularly for the most up-to-date information and recording links after the events take place. 

DateSchool
Monday 25 April

School of Media, Arts and Humanities – Media Practice for Development and Social Change MA

Careers skills workshop for all schools and Institute of Development Studies

Tuesday 26 April

University of Sussex Business School 

University of Sussex Business School – Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Wednesday 27 April School of Global Studies
Thursday 28 April Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
Friday 29 April Centre for International Education – International Education and Development MA

Monday 25 April

  • School of Media, Arts and Humanities – Media Practice for Development and Social Change MA

    11am–12pm: Course overview and alumni careers webinar
    Dr Anke Schwittay, alumni and current international students (from Japan, India, Nepal, Canada, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Egypt and South Africa) presented an introduction to the course and the experiences of past and present students. Watch a recording of the webinar.

    1–2pm: Instagram Live

    We hosted an interview and question and answer session with professors, current international students and Media Practice for Development and Social Change MA graduates at @sussexuni.

    Alumni include Akintunde Babatunde, Deputy Director at the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development in Nigeria; Madhu Rathnayaka, Strategic Communications & Policy Advocacy Expert in Sri Lanka; Light Juma (pictured), a Freelance Freelance Communications Consultan from Kenya, who has experience working with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department for International Development, UK (DFID); Yasmin El-Beih, a Freelance Journalist from Egypt; Mpinane Senkhane, a consultant at a global social enterprise, Reos Partners, in South Africa;  Pooja Khati, from Nepal, a Communications & Engagement Manager at greenlight for girls in Belgium. 

    View a recording of the session.

    Mbipane

    2–3pm: Sample lecture

    Producing Media for Development

    This lecture, presented by Yorgos Karagiannakis, gave a sample of the compulsory module “Producing Media for Development and Social Change”, providing an overview of the practice elements of the course, including digital documentary, radio, podcasting and web design.

    The session touched upon several case studies and the variety of media projects undertaken in the developing world and included a demonstration of previous students’ creative projects.

    Watch a recording of the session

    The School offers the Media Practice for Development and Social Change MA course in collaboration with the School of Global Studies.

    Find out more about the School of Media, Arts and Humanities.

    Online chat

    Want to find out more about studying at Sussex? Send a question to one of our current students via UniBuddy online chat.

    Talk to a student

    Book an appointment via Calendly to chat over Zoom with one of our current students from Media Practice for Development and Social Change MA. 

    Pooja Chowdhary from IndiaPicture of Mariam Abdel-Akher 

    Mariam Abdel-Akher from Canada (pictured) 

    Ana Paula Suarez Lopez from Mexico 

    Zoya Rasul from India 

    Asumi Ogino from Japan 

  • Careers skills workshop for all schools

    12–1pm: How to get a job in Development, Charities and Not-for-Profit
    This careers skills workshop outlined relevant tools needed to gain experience, find vacancies and build professional networks in the development, charity and not-for-profit sectors.

Tuesday 26 April

  • University of Sussex Business School

    10–11am: Course overview and alumni careers webinar - Development Economics MSc

    Join Dr Annemie Maertens and alumni for an introduction to the Development Economics course and the experiences of previous students from India, Nigeria, Tanzania and Japan. Watch back a recording

    12–1pm: Sample lecture

    Worldwide progress on poverty reduction and the prospective impact of COVID-19

    Poverty reduction was the key focus of the Millennium Development Goals and poverty eradication now features strongly in the Sustainable Development Goals.

    In this lecture Professor Andy McKay looked at progress by world region and globally in relation to different concepts of poverty. 

    He then considered any available evidence on how COVID-19 is likely to have derailed progress. 

    Watch back this session

    Picture of Prof Andy McKay

    1–2pm: Instagram Live

    We hosted an interview and question and answer session with academics, current international students and MSc graduates at @sussexuni.

    Alumni included Namrata Nair, a Research Associate at Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board Of India; Riddhi Mastakar, Analyst at Sattva Consulting in India; Saumya Jain, a Research Associate at CMS -Social Impact Specialists in India; Terhemen Agabo (pictured), a Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning Officer at LEAP Africa in Nigeria; Mpoki James, from Tanzania, an International Development Consultant currently working with Africa Foresight Group (AFG) in Ghana and Adeste Advisory Limited in the UK.

    Watch back the recording 

    Terhemen Agabo

    2-3pm: Course overview and alumni careers webinar - Sustainable Finance and Accounting MSc
    Join Dr Sarada Krishnan for an introduction to the Sustainable Finance and Acccounting MSc course. Find out about​ the role of acccounting and finance in meeting the key challenges surrounding sustainability development goals. Hear about the rapid growth in career opportunities in this area. Watch the recording.

    The University of Sussex Business School offers the following development courses:

    Watch more videos about the Sustainable Development MSc and Energy and Climate Policy MSc on our Masters Applicant Hub.

    Talk to a student

    Book an appointment via Calendly to chat over Zoom with one of our current students from Sustainable Finance and Accounting MSc.

    Sudess Ali studying Sustainable Finance and Accounting MSc (pictured) picture of sudess ali

    Yoon Nandi Aung from Myanmar and studying Sustainable
    Finance and Accounting MSc



     

  • University of Sussex Business School – Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

    9–10am: Course overview and alumni careers webinar - SPRU

    Join Professor Gordon MacKerron from theMari Asano pic
    Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), alumni
    and current international students (from
    Nigeria, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea,
    India and Ghana) for an introduction to
    SPRU and the experiences
    of past and present students.


    Watch back the recording

    11am–12pm: Sample lecturePicture of Simone Vannuccini

    Between “AI Winters” and “AI Summers”: Is Artificial Intelligence really transforming our economies? And How?’

    In this lecture, Dr Simone Vannuccini presented a ‘guided tour’ of the many paths through which Artificial Intelligence is shaping the world around us.

    Rather than focusing just on industrial automation, we will see how ‘prediction technologies’ re-write the rules of the game of business, science, and policy-making.





    Watch back the recording

    1–2pm: Instagram Live

    We hosted an interview and question and answer session with academics, current international students and MSc graduates at @sussexuni.

    Alumni included Narai Kim (pictured right), a Senior Project Manager at Intralink in South Korea; Rika Safrina, an Energy Modelling and Policy Planning Officer at ASEAN Centre for Energy in Indonesia; Mari Asano from Japan, a Coordinator at Japan Center in the University of Los Andes, Colombia (pictured above for webinar session).

    Watch back the recording

    Picture of Narai S

    10–11pm: Webinar for students from Latin America

    Join Luis Ananguren, Senior International Officer for the Americas, and current students studing in SPRU - from Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay - for a special Spanish language webinar about SPRU courses, student experience and careers.

    Watch back the recording 

    Watch a short video presented by Rodrigo Frias (pictured), a Technology and Innovation Management graduate from Chile currently working with the Chilean Economic Development Agency, about why he chose Sussex and his career journey after graduating.

    Picture of Luis Ananguren

    The University of Sussex Business School offers the following development courses:

    Find out more about the Science Policy Research Unit. Watch more videos about the Sustainable Development MSc and Energy and Climate Policy MSc on our Masters Applicant Hub.

    Online chat

    Want to find out more about studying at Sussex? Send a question to one of our current students via UniBuddy online chat.

    Talk to a student

    Book an appointment via Calendly to chat over Zoom with one of our current students from SPRU.

    Chandra Pitoyo (pictured) from Indonesia and studyingChandra
    Sustainable Development MSc 

    Saradha Krishnamoorthy from India and studying 
    Sustainable Development MSc





     

Wednesday 27 April

  • School of Global Studies

    09:00am–10:00pm: Boost your career prospects – work placements in the School of Global Studies

    This webinar was presented by Dr Suchitra Richards and provided an overview of the unique research placement option available to students studying in the School of Global Studies.

    It features current student, Phoebe Marsh (pictured and studying Gender, Violence and Conflict MA) and Mishal Mathews (former Socal Development MA student), who will discuss their placement experiences and tips on the process. Watch the recording.

    Picture of Mishal Mathews

    10:30–11:30am: School and course overview and alumni careers webinar
    Dr Dinah Rajak, alumni and current international students provide an introduction to the School and talk about the experiences of past and present students (from Japan, India, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and USA) . Watch the recording

    11:30am–12:30pm: Instagram Live

    We hosted an interview and question and answer session with academics, current international students and alumni at @sussexuni.

    Alumni included Haruto Hiroki, a Business Consultant in Japan;  Mishal Mathews (pictured), a Research Assistant at United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in India; Carlos Ernesto Cuinica, Programme Specialist - Adolescents and Youth sexual and reproductive heath and rights, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Mozambique.

    Watch the recording part 1 and part 2

    Picture of Mishal Mathews

    1-2pm: Sample lecture

    Getting Home During Lockdown:  Circular migration and hyper-precarity in rural Tamil Nadu, India, at the time of Covid-19

    This lecture unpacks the fate of Indian circular labour migrants at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The talk aims to provides an insight into how migrants’ hyper-precarity became further entrenched and reinforced during the Covid-19 crisis.

    This lecture is presented by Professor Geert de Neeve (pictured), an expert on Social Anthropology and South Asian studies.

    Watch back a recording.

    Geert De Neve

    10-11pm: Webinar for students from Latin America

    Join Luis Ananguren, Senior International Officer for the Americas, and current students studing in the School of Global Studies - from Mexico and Colombia - for a special Spanish language webinar about the School of Global Studies courses, student experience and careers.

     Watch a recording 

    Geert De Neve 

    The School of Global Studies offers several development courses, including:

    Find out more about the School. Watch more videos about Development, Migration, and Energy, Sustainability and Innovation courses on our Masters Applicant Hub.

    Online chat

    Want to find out more about studying at Sussex? Send a question to one of our current students via UniBuddy online chat.

    Talk to a student

    Book an appointment via Calendly to chat over Zoom with one of our current students from the School of Global Studies.

    yoshinoTemilade Bukola Salami from Nigeria and studying Environment,
    Development and Policy MA

    Yoshino Okamura (pictured) from Japan and studying Environment, Development and Policy MA

    Mirei Kato from Japan and studying Migration Studies MA 

    Urja Chaudhury from India and studying Environment, Development and Policy MA

    Shilpa Sharma from India and studying Human Rights MA 

    Ali Boyer from the USA and studying Anthropology of Development
    and Social Transformation MA

    Zoe Mafoko from South Africa and studying Conflict, Security and
    Development MA

Thursday 28 April

  • Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

    11am–12pm: IDS international careers - alumni course and career experience webinar
    International alumni from the Institute of Development Studies talked about their careers and how their course helped them achieve their goals. Alumni include: 

    Picture of Yukari TsunokakeYukari Tsunokake, a Japanese Poverty and Development MA graduate who has experience as Country Officer for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in Japan and Adolescent Development Officer in United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Uganda 



    Picture of Prachi PalPrachi Pal, a Development Studies MA graduate from India and Co-Founder of Evolverance-empowering grassroots NGOs and Consultant at Dasra




    Picture of Bello SamriahSamirah Bello, a Globalisation, Business and Development MA graduate from Nigeria, currently working as Strategic Partnerships Associate at Thrive Agric



     

    Picture of Sodam BaekSodam Baek, a Development Studies MA graduate from South Korea, now working as Assistant Manager of the Multilateral Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance Department at Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)




    Picture of Naa AyeleysaNaa Ayeleysa, a Globalisation, Business and Development MA graduate from Ghana Corporate Affairs and Administration Officer– British Council, Ghana

     

     


    Watch a recording

     

    12–1pm: Instagram Live

    We hosted an interview and question and answer session with current international students and alumni at @sussexuni.

    Alumni included those from preceding webinar and Karely Alvarado Ochoa, a Socio-Environmental Innovation Consultant at makesense in Mexico.

    Watch back a recording 

    Picture of Karely Alvarado Ochoa

    1–2pm: Sample lecture

    Connecting Sexuality and Development

    In this session, Dr Tessa Lewin examined the linkages between sexuality and development, and some of the key tensions that have emerged around demands for sexual rights.

    We will ask why, and in what way, sexuality matters for development. We will ask what queer theory might have to offer development, and explore the connections between sexuality and human rights, and at the debates around sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

    Watch back a recording

    Amrita Saha

    2–3pm: IDS and course/current student overview webinar
    Dr Linda Waldman and current international students (from South Korea, Japan, Ghana, Nigeria, Mexico and India) provided an introduction to IDS and an insight into student life. Watch back a recording 

     

    10–11pm: Webinar for students from Latin America 

    Join Luis Ananguren, Senior International Officer for the Americas, and current students studing in IDS - from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Nicaragua - for a special Spanish language webinar about the School of Global Studies courses, student experience and careers.

    Watch a recording

    Picture of Luis Ananguren

    The Institute of Development Studies offers several development courses, including:

    Find out more about IDS and visit Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more videos and blog posts.

    Online chat

    Want to find out more about studying at Sussex? Send a question to one of our current students via UniBuddy online chat.

    Talk to a student

    Book an appointment via Calendly to chat over Zoom with one of our current students from IDS.

    Dong Hyun Kim (pictured) from South Korea and studying
    Food and Development MA

    Picture of Dong Hyun KimMahima Mehra from India and studying
    Poverty and Development MA

    Alvaro Rodriguez Pacheo from Mexico 
    and studying Governance, Development
    and Public Policy MA

    Yuki Oka from Japan and studying Globalisation,
    Business and Development MA

    Charles E. Uche from Nigeria and studying 
    Development Studies MA 


Friday 29 April

  • Centre for International Education International Education and Development MA

    12–1pm: International Education and Development course overview and alumni careers webinar
    Join faculty, alumni and current international students (from Japan, South Korea, Ghana, Turkey and USA) for an introduction to the course and the experiences of past and present students. Watch a recording

    Watch a January 2022 webinar with course convenor, Dr Sean Higgins, and current students from Japan, Kenya, Myanmar and Nigeria for a taste of the upcoming Development Studies Week session.

    In-depth course webinars for prospective students are also held monthly.  

    1–2pm: Instagram Live

    We hosted an interview and question and answer session with academics, current international students and International Education and Development MA alumni at @sussexuni.

    Alumni included Su’ur Su’eddie Vershima Agema (pictured), Executive Director at SEVHAGE Literary & Development Initiative in Nigeria;  Mami Kawaguchi, an advocacy officer for Save the Children, based in Japan; Dana Choi, Youth Programme Analyst in UNFPA, in South Korea; Soojung Park, former Managing Director at Educators Without Borders and Swiss Korean Correspondent at ASIATODAY in Switzerland. 

    Watch a recording

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    2–3pm: Sample Lecture

    Addressing the challenges and needs of out of school children: insights from the Centre for International Education

    This talk, by Dr Sean Higgins, will draw on pioneering research into the contribution of accelerated learning programmes to enabling out of school children to make successful transitions into formal schooling.

    In particular, it celebrates how these programmes offer ways of reaching marginalised children through innovative and exciting teaching methods and approaches.

     Watch a recording

    Sean

    Find out more about the centre and the course.

    Online chat

    Want to find out more about studying at Sussex? Send a question to one of our current students via UniBuddy online chat.

    Talk to a student

    Book an appointment via Calendly to chat over Zoom with one of our current students from International Education and Development MA. 

    Senyo Tettegah from Ghana Hilal

    Hilal Polat (pictured) from Turkey 

    Julia Boharski from the USA 

    Kaori Susawa from Japan 

    Bora Yoon from South Korea 

    Hyejin Lee from South Korea



     

If you have any questions about Development Studies Week, please contact James Minhas in the International Office


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