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Former SOAS Development Studies students launch new textbook

17 June 2019

SOAS University of London alumni from the Department of Development Studies and the Department of Economics are part of a group of young authors who have launched a new textbook on development studies for students in Denmark.

The book is the first Danish high school textbook in development studies. Of the 28 young development students and professionals behind the book, three are former SOAS students: Charlotte Klinting holds a BA in Law and Development Studies, Amalie Weinreich Ravn holds an MSc in Development Studies, and Peter Andreas Nielsen, who was also among the two co-editors and initiators of the book, holds a BSc in Economics. Dr Niels Hahn of the SOAS Department of Development Studies was instrumental in the development of the book.

The launch took place in front of 130 teachers, development professional, academics, and interested public on May 29 in the UN City in Copenhagen, the Nordic headquarters of 11 UN organisations.


Above: The two editors, Peter Andreas Nielsen and Jorgis Marinos, and Dr Ha-Joon Chang. Credit: Stavroula Stathoudaki Marinos

The book launch featured a discussion between Mogens Lykketoft, former Danish Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs and President of the UN General Assembly, and Dr Ha-Joon Chang, bestselling author of ‘23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism’ and ‘Economics: A User’s Guide’. Mr Lykketoft and Dr Chang discussed the role of teaching and youth involvement in tackling the current global development challenges. In addition to participating in the book launch, both Dr Chang and Mr Lykketoft have provided forewords for the book.

The textbook has been tailored to the requirements of Danish upper secondary education which allows teachers and students to jointly decide on course content and syllabus which is required to cover certain core content. The book provides a wide overview of themes and diverging theories and strategies in development, and invites students to apply theory and analytical frameworks to real life cases and data. It is complemented by a webpage and a short documentary partly funded by Danish DFI Danida.

The authors have founded an NGO, open to membership applications, through which they will channel authors’ royalties to charitable causes and continue lobbying for greater focus on global development issues in Danish education.

Visit the book’s website (in Danish): forlaget columbus

Visit the website of the newly founded NGO (in Danish): Global udvikling (Global Development)