IDD Guest seminar podcast: How Change Happens

What works in achieving progressive change? How do power and systems shape change, and how can you influence them? Duncan Green, Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, discussed the themes of his new book How Change Happens.

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.

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.

Recorded: Thursday 19th January 2017 (16:30-18:00).

To request a transcript please contact: Coss-communications@contacts.bham.ac.uk.