Sessions on the SDGs and the Global South

With the Global Minds Fund, allocated by the federal government, Ghent University wishes to further develop and expand its University Development Cooperation (UDC) capacity and to sensitize its community to International Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Several lectures on the SDGs & the Global South are being planned. With this initiative we hope to reach students from all faculties to join and learn about global challenges and opportunities we face and to stimulate them to engage in finding solution.

Overall we want to inspire global minds within the Ghent University community. This is a first step to make sustainable change happening, local and global

SDG lecture of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences – Ghent University
The making and unmaking of development: the SDGs and beyond

The making and unmaking of development: the SDGs and beyond

Panel debate with Jason Hickel (LSE), Lata Narayanaswamy (Leeds University) and Ruth Nyambura (Nairobi, Kenya)
organised by the Ghent Centre for Global Studies & the Governance in Conflict Network

The development paradigm, rooted in colonial heritages, based on modernist notions of progress, and premised on unsustainable economic growth, has been subject to postcolonial academic and (grassroots) activist critiques almost as early as it was introduced in the 1950s. Presently, however, with the compounded effects of economic and climate crises, and the migration/refugee debate, the notion of ‘post-development’ is gaining wider currency, urging both academics and the development sector to explore alternatives to development. Addressing key challenges such as debt, poverty, growing inequalities and environmental degradation, the panel debate will discuss the SDGs as the most recent (inherently contradictory) expressions of the development paradigm, and debate alternative approaches, knowledge-bases and practices.


Ruth Nyambura is a Kenyan eco-feminist and researcher working on the intersections of ecological justice in Africa. Her work and activism uses a feminist political ecology lens to critically engage with the continent’s and global food systems, challenging neoliberal models of agrarian transformation and amplifying the revolutionary work of small-holder farmers of Africa—the majority of whom are women—as well as rural agrarian movements offering concrete anti-capitalist alternatives to the ecological, economic and democratic crisis facing the continent.


Jason Hickel is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Anthropology of LSE (London, UK). He is an anthropologist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Hickel’s research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development and ecological economics. His most recent book, The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions (Penguin Random House UK, 2017) explores the historical and political drivers of inequality between the global North and South.


Lata Narayanaswamy is Lecturer in International Development in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds (UK). Her research focuses on how power imbalances in knowledge systems underpin the work of feminist/intersectional movements and organisations working at the interface of inclusion and exclusion in developing countries. Her most recent monograph is Gender, Power and Knowledge for Development. She is currently involved in interdisciplinary research that cuts across climate change, water security, menstruation, gender norms and decolonising development.


Moderator Jan Orbie is Associate Professor at the Centre for EU Studies and the Department of Political Science of Ghent University. His research and teaching focuses on the international policies of the EU, in particular EU trade and development policies. He is co-editor of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies blog series “Debating the SDGs”, which was also published on MO*Magazine.

Deadline for registration: September 21 (5 pm)
The link to join the online session will be sent via e-mail on the eve of the panel debate.

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