SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Professional Practice Seminar Series

This seminar series invites people engaged in policy-making and practical action to share their experiences and offer insights into working in the international development sector. Common themes include conflict and humanitarian affairs, labour issues, migration, environment, poverty, inequality, aid and development. Speakers are encouraged to present the work that they do, and reflect critically about the challenges they encounter. With many of our guest speakers themselves being SOAS alumni this seminar series is designed to help our students think about - and connect with - careers in development.
The audience is mainly SOAS students and staff, but entrance is free and open to the public. No need to register in advance, you can just turn up. For further information, please contact convenor Dr Richard Axelby (ra39@soas.ac.uk).
Previous Events in this series

Mobilizing Resources. Maximizing Change

Anshu Gupta (Goonj)

Popularly known as the Clothing Man and recipient of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Award, Anshu Gupta has studied Mass communication and has a masters in Economics. Starting as a freelance journalist, Anshu left a corporate job in 1998 and founded Goonj with a mission to make clothing a matter of concern and to bring it among the list of subjects to work on, for the development sector.

25 October 2016, 30 Russell Square, 102, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Piloting basic incomes in India

Guy Standing, SOAS Professor of Development Studies

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE TO 5TH MARCH

5 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G50, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

From voluntourism to learning service

Daniela Papi, PEPY (Promoting Education emPowering Youth, Cambodia), PEPY Tours & Learning Service
19 February 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G50, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The UK Remittance Market

Ashley Groom and Leon Isaacs, Developing Markets Associates
15 January 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G50, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Panel Discussion: ‘Development Communication in Practice’

Carlos Chirinos,SOAS Radio and Patrick Young, Theatre for a Change and Jackie Davies, C4D network

A panel discussion with:

  • Carlos Chirinos, Director, SOAS Radio
  • Patrick Young, founder and Director of Theatre for a Change
  • Jackie Davies, founder and manager of the C4D network, a global peer network of nearly 900 communication for development consultants, managers and academics.
21 November 2012, Brunei Gallery, B102, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The end of humanitarianism?

Jonathan Whittall, Coordinator, Humanitarian Analysis and Advocacy Unit (AAU) Medecins Sans Frontieres-Belgium
24 October 2012, Brunei Gallery, B102, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Title to be confirmed

Nick Guttmann, Head of Emergencies, Christian Aid
8 December 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G50, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Title to be confirmed

Mark Segal, DFID, Senior Conflict Advisor
1 December 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G50, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Livelihoods in Crisis and Early Recovery

Karri Byrne and Selena Victor

Karri Byrne, Director, Economic Recovery and Development and Selena Victor, Advocacy and Policy Advisor International Rescue Committee

17 November 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, G50, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

An Engaged Citizenry and Sustainable Human Development

Duncan Green, Director of Research OXFAM GB

Duncan Green explores the thesis of his book, 'From Poverty to Power', that active citizens and effective states are the twin drivers of human development.

15 November 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, 116, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM