How Change Happens

Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam Great Britain

Co-presented with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney, The Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network and the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP)

3 April, 2017

Dr Duncan Green of Oxfam joins Sydney Ideas to share the ideas in his latest book How Change Happens, exploring the topic of social and political change from the perspective of international development.

How Change Happens aims to bridge the gap between academia and practice, bringing together the best research from a range of academic disciplines and the evolving practical understanding of activists to explore the topic of social and political change.

Drawing on first-hand examples from the global experience of Oxfam, one of the world's largest social justice NGOs, as well as the author's insights from studying and working on international development, it tests ideas on How Change Happens and offers the latest thinking on what works to achieve progressive change.

Duncan will be in conversation with Dr Thushara Dibley, Deputy Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney


Duncan Green

Dr Duncan Green is Oxfam Great Britain’s Senior Strategic Adviser. He teaches on international development at the London School of Economics, where he is a Professor in Practice. His blog is one of the most widely read on international development, From Poverty to Power blog.

Duncan was previously Senior Policy Adviser on trade and development at DFID (UK Department for International Development) and a Policy Analyst on trade and globalisation at CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development). He is also currently a visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

Duncan is the author of several books on Latin America including Silent Revolution: The Rise and Crisis of Market Economics in Latin America, Faces of Latin America and Hidden Lives: Voices of Children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dr Thushara Dibley is the Deputy Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. She researches social movements in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Her recent research projects have focused on the role of NGOs in peace-building in Timor-Leste and Indonesia and on the disability movement in Indonesia. She is the author of Partnerships, Power and Peacebuilding: NGOs as Agents of Peace in Aceh and Timor-Leste (2014).

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