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The Politics, Development & Sustainability Group (PDS) run an exciting range of seminars, lectures and other activities during the academic year. Details of current, and previous events, can be found on this page.

2014-2015 (Term 2)

The Survivor Tree Speaks: The Ambiguous Time & Space of Resilience at the Bombsite

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 5 - 6:30 pm

Charlotte Heath-Kelly, University of Warwick

Room 136, Queens Building, Royal Holloway, University of London


For further information, contact Katie Willis, Katie.Willis@rhul.ac.uk 


PDS Archive

2014-15 (Term 1)

Monday 1st December 2014 6:15, Windsor Building Auditorium

Winners and Losers in a Globalising World: making trade fair, stopping people trafficking and building sustainable development

Ruth Dearnley, CEO of Stop the Traffik;
Dr Dorothea Kleine, Reader in Human Geography and Director of the ICT4D centre;
Professor Katie Willis, Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Politics, Development and Sustainability Group.

2013-14 (Term 2)

Monday 20th January 2014 5-6.30pm, QB136
Mark Schuller, Northern Illinois University

‘Pa Manyen Fanm Nan Konsa:
Structural & Inersectionality Before & After Haiti’s Earthquake’

Tuesday 28th January 2014 1.00-2.00pm, QB136
John Morrissey, National University of Ireland, Galway

‘The Securitization of Instability: the US Military and Full Spectrum Operations’

Wednesday, 5th February 2014 1-2:30pm, Room IN045 (International Building)
Helen Lindley, Womankind Worldwide

‘Gender & Development: Monitoring and evaluating Womankind’s work’

Monday 17th February 2014 1.00 -2pm, QB171
Felix Holman & Hugo Rukavina, StreetInvest

‘Street Connected Children: Is Anyone Listening?’

Monday 3rd March 2014 1.00-2.00pm, QB171
Shaun Smith, Geography RHUL

‘Everyday Evictions: Service & the Reproduction of the Rental Economy in the Low-Income Settlements of Kisumu & Kitale, Kenya ’

Tuesday 11th March 2014 5.00-6.30pm, QB136
Paul Richardson, University of Manchester

‘The Reconfiguration of Sovereignty Regimes in the Asia-Pacific’

Monday 17th March 2014 1.00-2.00pm, QB171
Duncan McGregor, Honorary Research Fellow Geography RHUL

‘Environmental Change & Adaptive Capacity: Jamaican Farmers at the Sharp End ’

2013-14 (Term 1)

Wednesday 2nd October, 1-2.30pm, Q170
Somnath Ghosal,
Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
Institutionalisation of Green Business: An Initiative Towards Saving the Environment


Tuesday 8th October, 5-6.30pm, Q136
Claudia Aradau, War Studies, King's College London

The Promise of Security: resilience, protection and epistemic politics.

Monday 14th October, 1-2.30pm, Q171
Jackie Shaw, Real Time Video

Using Participatory Video (title tbc)

Tuesday 22nd October, 5-6.30pm, Q136
Austin Zeiderman, LSE

Submergence: The Politics of the Anthropocene in Coastal Colombia

Tuesday 5th November, 6pm, Windsor Auditorium (Joint with Centre for Research Into Sustainability, CRIS)
Shaun McCarthy, Chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012

Annual Sustainability Lecture: London 2012: Sustainable Legacy?

Wednesday 6th November, 1-2.30pm, Q170
Emily Boyd, University of Reading

Environmentalities of urban adaptation in the context of Maputo, Mozambique

Monday 11th November, 1-2pm, Q171
Carol Somper, Head of Sustainability, Temple Group

Working in environmental consultancy

Tuesday 19th November, 5-6.30pm, Q136
Craig Jones, University of British Columbia

The War Lawyers and the Targeting Machine. 

Tuesday 3rd December, 5-6.30, 11, Bedford Square (Joint with Social and Cultural Geography group)
Creative Geopolitics event

Isla Forsyth, University of Nottingham

Uncovering Camouflage: Angular geographies and an ambiguous technology

Monday 9th December, 1-2pm, Q171
Brett Christopher, Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University, Sweden

A monstrous, unsustainable hybrid: the political economy of housing in early-twenty-first-century Sweden.

Additional events of interest:

Monday 21st October, 5-8, Q170 (talk followed by a drinks reception) (ICT4D Centre & Department of Geography joint event)

Tim Unwin, Emeritus Professor & UNESCO Chair of ICT4D at RHUL and Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)
Reflections on the work of CTO

Wednesday 11th December, Security & Sustainability College Research Theme Event on 'Resilience'. Windsor Building.


2012-13 (Term 2)

Tuesday 15th January, 1-2pm, IN032 (International Building)
James Ash, University of Northumbria

Ecotechnics, affect and the management of care in Military videogames’

Monday 21st January, 1-2pm, Q171
Jessie Hronesova, LSE

Post-war ethno-national identities of young people in Bosnia.

Monday 28th January, 1-2pm, Q171
Felix Holman & Hugo Rukavina, StreetInvest

Approaches to working with street children (Title t.b.c)

Monday 4th February, 1-2pm, Q171
Stephen Jones, Geography, RHUL

Who really pays for water in Mali? Lessons and questions for rural water service delivery

Wednesday 6th February, 1-2pm, Q171 (with ICT4D Centre)
Gwilym Eades, Geography, RHUL

Maps and Memes: Arts of Identity-Based Mapping and Mapmaking for Healing in Indigenous Communities  

Monday 11th February, 1-2pmm Q171
Shew-Jiuan Su, National Taiwan Normal University

Community participation in the development of a GeoPark: The case of Penghu, Taiwan

Monday 4th March, 1-2pm, Q171
Bakia Mbianyor, Geography, RHUL

Policy Implications for Artisanal Gold Mining in the Eastern Rainforest of Cameroon

Tuesday 5th March, 1-2pm, Q149
Sobia Kaker, Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle

Urban enclaves as relational geopolitical spaces: alternative experiences of cities of the global south
There is preparatory reading to be completed in advance of this session. Please contact Pete Adey (Peter.Adey@rhul.ac.uk) for details.

Monday 11th March, 1-2pm, Q171
Emily Boyd, Geography, Reading

Environmentalities of urban adaptation in the context of Maputo, Mozambique

2012-2013 (Term 1)

Thursday 27th September, 1-2.30pm, Q170 (Departmental seminar)
Rachel Hughes, University of Melbourne
Ordinary theatre and extraordinary law: geopolitics and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

Tuesday 9th October, 5-6.30pm, Q136
John O’Loughlin, University of Colorado
Geopolitical fragmentation in the contemporary world: Uncontrolled territories and the nature of the Eurasian 'de facto' state

Wednesday 24th October, 5.30-7pm, Queen’s Main Lecture Theatre (Joint with Humanities and Arts Research Centre, HARC)
Sara Ahmed, Goldsmiths, University of London
Welcoming Strangers: Conditional Will, Conditional Hospitality

Monday 29th October, 1-2pm, Q171
Céline Tschirhart, Geography, RHUL
Health challenges in remote areas

Monday 5th November, 1-2pm, Q171
Elsbeth Robson, Centre for Social Research, University of Malawi
Social protection and cash transfers in Malawi

Tuesday 13th November, 6pm, Windsor Auditorium (Joint with Centre for Research Into Sustainability, CRIS)
L. Preston Bryant Jr, Chairman, National Capital Planning Commission, Washington DC.
Annual Sustainability Lecture: How Washington, DC, and other world capitals are leading the sustainability charge

Tuesday 20th November, 5-6.30pm, Q136
Phil Steinberg, Marie Curie Fellow, Geography, RHUL & Florida State University
Freezing Space: Mapping Geopolitics to Geophysics in the Circumpolar Arctic.

Monday 3rd December, 1-2pm, Q171 (Joint with ICT4D Centre)
David Hollow, Jigsawconsult
How to set up a development consultancy 

2011-2012 (Term 2)

Monday 16th January, 1-2 (Q171)
Susan Parnell (University of Cape Town): '(Re)theorising cities from the global south: looking beyond neoliberalism'

Monday 6th February, 4.30-5.30 (Q171)
Simon Reid-Henry (Queen Mary, University of London) 'Humanitarian Disenchantments: on the making (and breaking) of humanitarian space'

Wednesday 22nd February, 1-2 (International Building 245)
Diana Mitlin (Institute for Development Policy & Management, IDPM, University of Manchester): 'Finance, Power and Community Savings: Understanding Approaches to Urban Poverty Reduction' 

Wednesday 22nd February, 2.30-4 (Q171)
Diana Mitlin (Institute for Development Policy & Management, IDPM, University of Manchester)
Discussion of pre-circulated papers. Aimed primarily at postgraduate students, but all welcome.

Thursday 3rd May, 1-3 (11, Bedford Square)
Ralf Brand (Manchester Architecture Centre): ‘Co-evolution between social and technical change in action - The case of urban mobility’

2011-12 (Term 1) 

Monday 10th October, 4-5.30 (Q149)Reading Group session on governmentality
Led by Richard Bater (Richard.Bater.2010@live.rhul.ac.uk) and Fiona Nash (Fiona.Nash.2009@live.rhul.ac.uk)

Lemke, T. 2002. Foucault, Governmentality and Critique. Rethinking Marxism. 14(3), 49-64.
Ghertner, a. 2010. Calculating without numbers: aesthetic governmentality in Delhi's slums. Economy and Society. 39(2), 185-217.

Monday 17th October 1-2pm, Q171 (G2) (Joint with ICT4D Centre)

Thao Nguyen, Newton Fellow, ICT4D Collective/ ICT4D Centre, Royal Holloway
Women micro-entrepreneurs and ICT

Monday 28th November 1-2pm, Q171 (G2)

Jessica Jacobs, Royal Holloway, University of London
Participatory video as creative practice:  Collaborative  filmmaking among Bedouin communities in Jordan

The Politics, Development and Sustainability group was created in 2011 as an amalgamation of the Centre for Developing Areas Research (CEDAR) and the Politics and Environment Research Group (PERG).

Previous CEDAR Seminars (pre-2011)


Monday 11th October 1-2pm, Q136
Katie Willis, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway
Anger in Fieldwork: Reflections on gender research in Mexico  

Monday 18th October 5-6.30pm, Q136
Reading Group session
Led by Andrew Brooks. Book to be discussed Ha-Joon Chang (2007) Bad Samaritans

Wednesday 20th October 12-1.30pm, Room t.b.c.
Trevor Parfitt, University of East London
Development ethics, well-being and democratic agency 


Thursday 11th November 1-2pm, Room t.b.c.
Stephen Jones, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway
Participation as citizenship or payment? A case study of rural drinking water governance in Mali 


Monday 15th November 5-6.30pm, Q136
Reading Group session
Details t.b.c.

Tuesday 30th November 5-6.30pm, Q136
Farhana Sultana, Syracuse University
Joint seminar with PERG
Contaminated Identities, Polluted Waters, and Disrupted Development

For more details contact Katie Willis, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway (Katie.Willis@rhul.ac.uk)

2009-2010 Term 2

Monday 18th January 1-2pm, Q171
Uduak Akpan Okon, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway
Joint seminar with Centre for ICT4D
ICTs and Sustainable Communities in Nigeria: Building on Indigenous Knowledge Systems


Monday 1st February 1-2pm, Q136
Christina Archer, Heads of Producer Partnerships in Latin America,The Body Shop
Clash or Collaboration: The Private Sector and Development Practice

Monday 15th February 1-2pm, Q136
Elisa Bignante, Department of Geography, University of Torino
From indigenous to situated territorial knowledge: Health remedies among the Maasai and Meru of Uwiro, Northern Tanzania 


Tuesday 23rd February
CEDAR Annual Lecture 6.00-7.30pm, QLT
Alison Evans, Director, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Aid in development – What’s old, what’s new? 


Tuesday 2nd March 1-2pm, Windsor Building 0-03
David Grimshaw, DFID and Practical Action
Joint seminar with Centre for ICT4D
Sharing Local Content in Local Voices


Monday 8th March 1-2pm, Q171
Sha Jin Ming, Fujian Normal University


Wednesday 17th March 1.15-3pm, Q171 
Branwen Gruffydd Jones, Goldsmiths, University of London
Slum Up-Grading Policies in Ghana 

2009-2010 Term 1

Monday 5th October 1-2pm, Q171

Vandana Desai, Alex Loftus & David Simon, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway
Roundtable discussion to celebrate World Habitat Day 

Wednesday 21st October 1-3pm, Q136
Mansoor Ali, Practical Action
The Philosophy and Practice of Practical Action (Workshop) 


Monday 2nd November 1-2pm, BLT2 (Bourne Building)
Dorothea Kleine, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway
Joint seminar with Centre for ICT4D
The Economists have only Measured the World… Thinking Development as Process

Monday 9th November 1-2pm, Q136
Katherine Brickell, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway
Gendered Discourses on Ideals and Practices of Women in Contemporary Cambodia 


Wednesday 25th November 1-3pm, IN243 (International Building)
Andy Tate, AIDS Alliance
Supporting Community Action on HIV/AIDS in the Developing World: An Overview of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance Global Partnership (Workshop)

Monday 30th November, 1-2pm, Q136
Emma Mawdsley, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Conflict, Competition, Cooperation or Cooptation? Foreign Aid and the Challenge of the non-DAC Donors

Monday 7th December 1-2pm, Q136
Nigel Jeffries, Head of Academic Relations, Vodafone & Chair of World Wireless Research Forum 
Joint seminar with Centre for ICT4D
Evolving the role & agenda of HCI for substanable program


Term 1

PERG/CEDAR Seminar - Monday 6th October 1-2pm, R136
Nhung Nguyen, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway
Local coastal governance and participatory geographic information systems
(click for PDF or audio record)

CEDAR Workshop - Wednesday 22nd October 1-3pm, R136
AbdouMaliq Simone, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths
Intersecting urbanization from Jakarta to Dakar
(click for audio record)

CEDAR Seminar - Monday 10th November 1-2pm, R136
Nadarajah Shanmugaratnam, Department of International Environment & Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Militarisation, ethno-territoriality and livelihoods in the north and east of Sri Lanka
(click for audio record)

CEDAR/PERG Workshop - Tuesday 11th November 10am-12pm, IN243 (International Building on the floor above Café Jules)
Nadarajah Shanmugaratnam,   Department of International Environment & Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Conflict, post-conflict and development
(click for audio record)

CEDAR Workshop – Wednesday 19th November 1-3pm, R136
David Dodman, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in urban areas: an environment and development approach
(click for PDF or audio record)

CEDAR Seminar – Monday 1st December 1-2pm, R136
Auchariya Yongphrayoon, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway
Hedonic price model and GIS for mass land valuation in Bangkok Metropolis
(click for PDF)

Term 2

PERG/CEDAR Workshop - Thursday 15th January 2-4pm, R136
Joel Wainwright, Department of Geography, Ohio State University
“Decolonizing Development”: A postgraduate workshop with Joel Wainwright

CEDAR Workshop – Wednesday 21st January 1-3pm, R136
Jules Pretty OBE, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex
Do connections to nature matter today?
(click for PDF or audio record)

CEDAR Annual Lecture – Wednesday 21st January 5:30pm, Queens Lecture Theatre
Jules Pretty OBE, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex
Sustainable agriculture and the state of the world food system

CEDAR Seminar - Monday 9th February 1-2pm, R136
Dan Wagner, Director of National Centre on Adult Literacy/International Literacy Institute, University of Pennsylvania
ICT4D for the poorest of the poor: linking literacy and technology in India and South Africa

CEDAR Seminar - Monday 23rd February 1-2pm, R136 (cancelled) 
Katherine Brickell, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway
'Participatory' Photography: Visual narratives from Cambodia and the UK/Poland

CEDAR Seminar - Monday 9th March 12-1pm, R136
David Hollow, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway
The challenges of effective evaluation in ICT for education initiatives in Africa

CEDAR Workshop - Wednesday 11th March 1-3pm, R136
Ben Wisner, International Crisis Group, United Nations
Blending local knowledge and outside specialist knowledge in development and risk reduction: Easier said than done!

Previous PERG Seminars


Thursday 25 November 2010, 1-2 pm (Venue: McCrea 219)
Spatial Development and the Moral Geographies of Israel in Africa 1956-1973
Dr. Haim Yacobi, Department of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University

Tuesday 30 November 2010, 5-6 pm (Queen’s Building rm.136)
Contaminated Identities, Polluted Waters, and Disrupted Development
Dr. Farhana Sultana, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University (Held in conjunction with CEDAR)

Thursday 17 February 2011, 5-6 pm (Venue: TBA)
The Geostrategic Implications of an East Asian Space Race
Prof. Joan Johnson-Freese, Dept. of National Security Studies, US Naval War College

Monday 7 March 2011, 1-2pm (Venue: TBA)
Radicalisation and Violence
Stuart Croft, Professor of International Security,Warwick University


Monday October 19th 1 – 2 pm, Q171
Alina Congreve, University of Reading
Sustainability in New Housing Development

Monday November 23rd 1 – 2 pm, WIN 1-05
Julia Lajus, Centre for Environmental and Technological History
European University at St. Petersburg
Perceptions of Arctic warming in the 1930s in the context of Soviet polar exploration and resource use

Monday February 8th, 1 – 2 pm, Q136
Federico Caprotti, UCL
Between discourse and materiality: the discursive logic of sectoral emergence in the cleantech sector, 2003-2010

Monday March 15th, 1 – 2 pm, location IN245
Sara Fregonese, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, Royal Holloway
“Geopolitical discourses in Western diplomacy towards Lebanon, intra-state conflict, and non-state actors during the Cold War”

Thursday, 03 June 2010, 1 – 2 pm, WIN0-03 (Windsor Building)
Wendy Pullan, Cambridge
Conflict in cities

Monday June 14th, 1 – 2 pm, MX034 (Management Building)
Fiona McConnell, Queen Mary
De facto, displaced, tacit: The sovereign articulations of the Tibetan Government-in-exile'              

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