Public action by and for disadvantaged people is increasingly significant at both local and international levels.
The ESRC-funded Non-Governmental Public Action research programme, which has been running since 2004, aims to reveal the social transformation that comes through people engaging in public action.
The findings of 37 research projects, involving researchers across the UK and around the world will be discussed at the conference. The projects range from web-based community campaigns such as Indymedia to international labour activism and the effects of the global ‘war on terror’. Our researchers worked across the globe from China, Russia and Vietnam to Nigeria, South America and Pakistan. A full list of the projects can be found on our website at www.lse.ac.uk/ngpa
All our speakers have both a practical knowledge of public action and the ability to challenge conventional wisdom. They have experience of putting ideas into practice through working with NGOs, policy-makers and politicians.
On Wednesday evening a panel of NGO professionals, policy-makers, politicians and journalists will consider the question;
Does public action promote or hinder international development?
This debate is open to conference participants and the general public.
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