As the international community gears up to respond to the new Sustainable Development Goals, join us to debate issues around development research and practice and whether and how genuine reform, inclusion and justice might be achieved.
In a world characterised by recurrent crises, and entrenched and deepening inequalities, business as usual remains the order of the day in many professional fields, including international development. And yet, the societal upheavals and disappointing outcomes of recent interventions and policies in the name of ‘development’ pose important questions for the current modus operandi of international development actors. Our summer school picks up on this point and problematizes various international development practices, in order to analyse how they are framed, and by whom, and their role in reproducing or challenging the status quo. We reflect on how and why current practices bring such a difficult mix of challenges for human existence and survival ranging from poverty and urban growth, to climate change, food and health, and ask:
•How is development practice entangled in the current challenges of political conflict, social inequality and unsustainability, and what opportunities are there to overcome this?
•What are the principal challenges when implementing more progressive development approaches that advance ‘inclusive’, ‘bottom up’, or popular-democratic development?
•What are the politics of knowledge in development practice? In other words, whose knowledge counts and matters in the day-to-day operations of a range of development stakeholders, considering the constraints posed by narrow measures of effectiveness, managerialism, results-based management and payment-by-results frameworks? How is this being tackled?
This summer school will address these questions as we explore the very real challenges of ‘doing’ development as the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gain momentum.
Take part in 5 days of lively and stimulating debate, lectures and workshops with University of Leeds academics, special guests and summer school participants from around the world. Refreshments, lunches and afternoon tea, coffee and cakes included – plus the Summer School dinner.
International bursary competition
This is for applicants who live outside of the UK, the bursary will cover the Summer School fee, 5 nights accommodation in Leeds and a contribution towards travel costs.
Fees and accommodation only bursary
This is for all applicants and will cover the Summer School fee and 5 nights accommodation in Leeds
Applicants should send 500 words outlining their interest in Summer School and what they hope to do in the future, other useful information would be the applicants background, any previous experience of work or study in development, what contribution they will make to the Summer School. This bursary application should be emailed along with a CV to Laura Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before April 20th 2016.
Please state in your email which bursary you wish to be considered for.
For further information and updates on summer school please see here.