Zooming in with LSE’s thinkers on International Development (and me)

July 30, 2020

     By Duncan Green     

One of my more enjoyable projects during lockdown has been finding out what my LSE colleagues do all day. We have recorded a series of 15 minute podcasts called ‘Zooming in With ….’ (catchy, eh?). Each interview is roughly divided up between their lives, an area of their research, and what insights it provides onto the current pandemic and response.

We’re up to the six so far, but plan to work our way around the other 20 or so profs and scholars of the International Development Department over the next academic year. Here’s who we’ve talked to so far, in purely chronological order:

Kathy Hochstetler on the interaction between politics and technocracy, and what it means for wind and solar power (her main research area) and the science around Covid-19.

Ken Shadlen on Intellectual Property and Access to Covid vaccines and treatments

Sohini Kar on the economic anthropology of microfinance, how microfinance institutions prey on the poor in India, and the impact this is having on migrant workers during the pandemic.

Jean-Paul Faguet on examples of decentralised and centralised states around the world and the varying degrees of success they have had in dealing with Covid-19.

Naila Kabeer on how Social Protection could be a key part of the solution

And then the LSE decided to turn the tables, and Jean-Paul interviewed me instead, on Covid as a Critical Juncture.

What I’ve got from the series so far is a greater knowledge of their personal histories, and the amazing range of insights that different kinds of research can shed on a global critical juncture like Covid-19. Looking forward to the remaining 20.

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July 30, 2020
Duncan Green