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Covid-19 and development: the politics of uncertainty

12th November 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


This event was part of the Sussex Development Lectures.

Why is uncertainty so important to politics today? From finance and technology to climate change, pandemics, migration and security, what the future holds feels increasingly uncertain and demands alternative approaches. If hopes of much-needed progressive transformations are to be realised, then current blinkered understandings of uncertainty need to be met with renewed democratic struggle.

Exploring how uncertainties are experienced in the context of marginalisation and precarity, Andy Stirling in conversation with Sobia Ahmad Kaker, will look at how we can advance a more collective politics of responsibility and care.


Book: The Politics of Uncertainty

The conversation draws on the book The Politics of Uncertainty: Challenges for Transformation, of which both speakers are co-authors.

The book was published by Routledge in 2020 as part of the STEPS Centre’s Pathways to Sustainability book series.

This event is part of the Sussex Development Lecture series on Covid-19 and development – building back better?

Sussex Development Lectures are jointly run by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the School of Global Studies , the Science Policy and Research Unit (SPRU) and the Centre for International Education (CIE), based at the University of Sussex.

UncertaintyUncertainties can make it hard to plan ahead. But recognising them can help to reveal new questions and choices. What kinds of uncertainty are there, why do they matter for sustainability, and what ideas, approaches and methods can help us to respond to them?

Find out more about this topic on our theme page.



12th November 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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