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

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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3 Responses to “Zooming in with LSE’s thinkers on International Development (and me)”
  1. Thomas Dunmore Rodriguez

    This is great Duncan. It’s amazing how we often neglect the importance of personal histories in our organisations, especially in large organisations. It’s the “soul” of the organisation really. Wondering how we can share these more regularly, beyond those who are our friends at work, in a format that is less intimidating than a podcast

      • Duncan Green

        yep, that’s where I wrote Faces of Latin America, Silent Revolution and Hidden Lives. On the central point, wd be great if when you look for a person’s bio on an institutional website, as well as a pic and a para, you get a minute of them talking about what made them do what they do – really adds depth, I agree.