Event Date: 23 May 2013
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
The 2013 LIDC Bi-Annual Conference
‘Five years of interdisciplinary research in development – looking back and looking forward’
In May 2013 LIDC will organise its first Bi-Annual Conference bringing together LIDC membership: staff, students and alumni from Bloomsbury Colleges. The conference, held every two years, will offer its members a platform to showcase successful interdisciplinary research projects in development, engage with one another and the Centre, and generate new interdisciplinary project ideas.
Welcome and introduction
• Introduction: Prof. Jeff Waage (Director, LIDC)
• Welcome: Prof. Chris Husbands (Director, IOE; Chair, The Bloomsbury Colleges)
• International development research at Birkbeck: Dr. Karen Wells (Associate Dean, Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Birkbeck)
• Prof. Sir John Beddington (UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser 2008-2013)
Session 1: LIDC’s interdisciplinary initiatives – progress so far
This session offers an overview of interdisciplinary initiatives across Bloomsbury Colleges on the examples of three projects supported by LIDC in the past few years. Project leaders will talk about how the collaboration came about, what it achieved, and how an interdisciplinary approach added value.
• Agri-Health: Prof. Bhavani Shankar (SOAS) and Dr. Alan Dangour (LSHTM)
• One Health: Prof. Richard Kock (RVC) and Dr. Jo Lines (LSHTM)
• Students as Global Citizens: Dr. Nicole Blum (IOE) and Nick Short (RVC)
Award Ceremony for the LIDC Fellowship Scheme
This year LIDC launched the first LIDC Fellowship Scheme, offering seed grants to fund innovative interdisciplinary research projects across Bloomsbury Colleges. In this session the first LIDC Fellows will receive their awards.
Chair: Prof. Jonathan Elliott (RVC, Chair, Bloomsbury Research Committee)
Session 2: New interdisciplinary frontiers
In this session we will focus on two topical areas, conflict and gender, as interdisciplinary frontiers with potential for new cross-Bloomsbury research. We will ask experts in each area to suggest interdisciplinary research questions and how to address potential challenges to future collaborative work.
Prof. Chris Cramer (SOAS) and Dr Jennifer Palmer (LSHTM)
Dr. Jenny Parkes (IOE), Dr. Karen Devries (LSHTM) and Dr. Elizabeth Hull (SOAS)
Session 3: Interdisciplinarity – What should Bloomsbury Colleges be doing?
The session will bring together international development experts from Bloomsbury Colleges for a discussion on what LIDC Colleges are doing and what they ought to be doing in interdisciplinary research and teaching.
• Dr. Doug Bourn (IOE)
• Prof. Richard Kock (RVC)
• Prof. Sharon Huttly (LSHTM)
• Dr. Jasmine Gideon (Birkbeck)
Beyond Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a new development agenda?
In 2010 LIDC brought together an interdisciplinary team of experts from Bloomsbury Colleges to produce a report published by the Lancet: ‘The Millennium Development Goals: a cross-sectoral analysis and principles for goal setting after 2015’. In this session we will bring together MDG experts to revisit the findings of the Lancet-LIDC Commission and examine progress on the MDGs since the report’s publication. Secondly, we look beyond 2015: What should be the shape of future goals?
• Prof. Elaine Unterhalter (IOE)
• Dr. Colin Poulton (SOAS)
• Prof. Andy Haines (LSHTM)
• Prof. Emerita Angela Little (IOE)
• Hugh Waddington (3ie)
• Prof. Jeff Waage (Director, LIDC)