SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Development Studies seminar series

The Development Studies Seminars take place weekly during terms 1 & 2 with speakers representing the full range of development-related disciplines including economics, political science, anthropology, sociology and history.

Entrance is free and seminars are open to the public.

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Forthcoming Events

Policies for Investment and Equality-led Sustainable Development in the Age of Globalisation and Financialisation

Özlem Onaran

This talk presents the empirical evidence about the race to the bottom in labour’s share in income in developing countries and the linkages between financialisation, income distribution, growth, investment and productivity. The presentation concludes with alternative progressive policies based on a coordinated policy mix of wage increases and public investment, and addresses the political aspects and barriers to an equality-led development.

21 November 2017, Russell Square: College Buildings, DLT, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Book Launch - Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis

Matteo Rizzo

How does public transport work in an African city under neoliberalism? Who has the power to influence its changing shape over time? What does it mean to be a precarious and informal worker in the private minibuses that provide such transport in Dar es Salaam? These are the main questions that inform this in-depth case study of Dar es Salaam’s public transport system over more than forty years.

28 November 2017, Russell Square: College Buildings, DLT, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Politics of the 'Surplus Population' Question in Southern Africa

Bridget O’Laughlin

The ‘surplus population’ question has made the (academic) left nervous about the limitations of ‘productivist’ Marxist class politics. Some wish to jump directly towards the end of work; others favour redistributive struggles to achieve Polyanian decommodification and social re-imbedding.

5 December 2017, Russell Square: College Buildings, DLT, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ground Down By Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century India

There is a special conference being organised on 9 December called Ground Down By Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century India, which is now part of the Development Studies Seminar Series. The event is free but ticketed, and can be booked through the link below. Please circulate widely to interested colleagues and students. The event will be held in the Brunei Gallery where the exhibition 'Behind the Indian Boom' is taking place.

9 December 2017, Brunei Gallery, 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM