How Change Happens

Thursday 19 January 2017, 16.30-18.00

University of Birmingham, Muirhead Tower, 7th Floor, Room 714/715

What works in achieving progressive change? How do power and systems shape change, and how can you influence them? Join Duncan Green, Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, to discuss the themes of his new book How Change Happens. The presentation will be followed by a drinks reception and book signing.

Human society is full of would-be 'change agents', a restless mix of campaigners, lobbyists, and officials, both individuals and organisations. They want to improve public services, reform laws and regulations, guarantee human rights, get a fairer deal for those on the sharp end, achieve greater recognition for any number of issues, or simply be treated with respect.

Yet scholarly discussions of change are fragmented. They rarely cross disciplinary boundaries or make it onto the radars of those actively seeking change.

How Change Happens bridges the gap between academia and practice. It brings together the best research from a range of academic disciplines and the evolving practical understanding of activists to explore social and political change. It was published in October by Oxford University Press.

Duncan Green will share examples from the global experience of Oxfam, as well as his insights from studying and working on international development.

This event is part of the International Development Department’s guest seminar series, and is open to all. It will provide plenty of opportunity for questions. We hope you can join us.

About Duncan Green

In addition to his role at Oxfam, Duncan Green is Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of several books, including From Poverty to Power: How active citizens and effective states can change the world, and of the influential development blog From Poverty to Power.

Duncan was previously Senior Policy Adviser on trade and development at the UK Department for International Development, and a Policy Analyst on trade and globalisation at the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development.

Directions to the venue

The Muirhead Tower is building R21 on the Edgbaston Campus map. See details on getting to the University of Birmingham. Room 714/715 is on the 7th floor of the Muirhead Tower.

About the IDD Guest Seminar Series

The University of Birmingham’s International Development Department hosts seminars throughout the year on a diverse range of topics. These events are open to everyone. See the forthcoming seminars.

About DLP

The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) is an international research initiative that explores how leadership, power and political processes drive or block successful development.

DLP focuses on the crucial role of home-grown leaderships and coalitions in forging legitimate political settlements and institutions that promote developmental outcomes, such as sustainable growth, political stability and inclusive social development.

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