For the very first time, CAMSED now has its own podcast! We will be bringing you topical discussions of all things development, and inviting guests from the Cambridge Centre of Development Studies and beyond. You can find us wherever you listen to your podcasts – Apple, Google or Spotify – at ‘Cambridge Development Podcast’. Or just click on the icons below.

First podcast episode is out now!

What is the process of post-conflict reconstruction in Mogadishu, Somalia? How does a development researcher navigate the intricacies of their positionality within the spaces of their research? How can development researchers approach the politicized production of knowledge in the Horn of Africa and other areas of the global South, and contribute to more equitable epistemological production? 

In our pilot episode, the Cambridge Development Podcast is joined by Surer Mohamed, a final year PhD student at the University of Cambridge, and co-host of the award-winning podcast, On Things We Left Behind. Surer illuminates her perspectives on our questions from her research and personal experiences in the post-war reconstruction in Somalia. 

  • The ownership, not only legally but also emotionally, of urban space and life post-conflict
  • The need to emphasise the co-constructed rather than extractive nature of knowledge in field research
  • The importance of providing a space for narrative and valuing individual accounts in pursuit of deeper understandings in academic work
  • The role of nostalgia and political memory in imaginings of what a reconstructed state or city should look like post-conflict

This episode is now available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and Google Podcasts!

The CAMSED Podcast Team

Pascual Gonzalez
Pascual is a current MPhil at the Centre of Development Studies focusing on human/indigenous rights, environmentalism, and governance in Latin America, particularly in Colombia. He often explores these topics through the lens of mapping, graphic design, and other creative mediums. Prior to joining the CDS, Pascual studied Geography at the University of Cambridge and provided cartographic and research assistance to the Amazon Conservation Team and Esri.
His favourite development-related book is “Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West” by William Cronon.

Djihad Kramer
Djihad is particularly interested in development economics and financial policymaking. In past research projects, he has explored the effects that macroeconomic shocks have on microfinance institutions, and how central banks can use macroprudential policies to mitigate climate-related risks.
“Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty” by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo is his favourite book on development.

Jodi-Ann Wang
Jodi-Ann is a current MPhil in Development Studies candidate at the University of Cambridge, where she is researching the political economy and socioenvironmental impacts of China’s investment along 6 Belt and Road countries. She is passionate about climate resilience-building, inclusive policy-making, and equitable growth within the South-South framework. Jodi-Ann has conducted 12 months of field work in China and Ghana in the past, focusing on bilateral cooperation policies and entrepreneurial migration.
Her favourite development-related book is “Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World” by Jason Hickel.

Johnny Wiley
Johnny is a current MPhil student at the University of Cambridge interested in transitional justice and human rights. Johnny completed his undergraduate degree in Government and Politics at St. John’s University, where he was a Marshall Scholarship Finalist. His previous experiences include working at the Institute for Security Studies and Shearman & Sterling LLP.
His favourite development-related podcast is ‘The President’s Inbox’ by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Lara Shirra-White
Lara is currently completing an MPhil in Development Studies. She is primarily interested in the potential for collective action and effectively designed institutions to achieve bottom-up, inclusive development and deliver social justice, particularly when it comes to environmental sustainability.
Her favourite development-related documentaries are ‘The Condor and the Eagle’ and ‘Children of the Snow Land’.

Rory Cardy
Rory’s interests include researching into economic inequality, industrial policy and the political economy around these areas, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.
One book he has found particularly influential on his view on policy is ‘Utopia for Realists’ by Rutger Bregman (if you like this definitely read his next book ‘Humankind’ too!).