Tuesday 3 December 18:30 - 19:30

Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
UCL Wilkins Building
Gower Street

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Perspectives: Public support for sustainable development


Jennifer Hudson, Professor of Political Behaviour, UCL Department of Political Science, delivers her Inaugural Lecture: Perspectives: Public support for sustainable development

About the lecture

Survey research shows that donor publics are negatively disposed to foreign aid and development, but how do individuals come to form these judgements, and what type of reasoning do they draw on? Do citizens rely on judgements of the cost and benefits of aid, or on moral sentiments? Or, is it simply a matter of trust? This lecture presents the drivers of individual-level support for aid across four Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donor countries. Understanding public attitudes are increasingly important in an era of political challenges to aid budgets, and for policymakers and NGOs who work to build public engagement with development.

About the speaker

Jennifer Hudson joined UCL’s Department of Political Science in 2003. She has published on a wide range of topics analyzing elite and mass political behavior with funding from the ESRC, Danish Council for Independent Research, Nuffield Foundation and Leverhulme Trust. Jennifer is the Director of the Development Engagement Lab (Gates Foundation), a multi-country research programme analysing public support for development and aid, working in partnership with over 30 international development NGOs and government ministries.


A Rohingya woman pictured at a World Food Programme food distribution supported by UK aid in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, October 2017

DFID/Anna Dubuis


Inaugural Lecture Series 2019/20

This lecture is part of the 2019/20 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL. 

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