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Think Tank – Global Poverty – Is The World Becoming A Better Place? Cutting Edge University Interdisciplinary Perspectives & Debate With Professor Maren Duvendack & Professor Heike Schroeder From University of East Anglia

2nd May 2023 @ 14:00 - 15:00

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Think Tank is a series of interdisciplinary webinars for Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students, engaging academics and students in debate. We tackle some of the pressing national and global issues being faced today. In this session, we ask:

Is the world becoming a better place? Thinking about global poverty. Whilst tremendous headway with improving people’s lives has been made during the last few decades, poverty has been pervasive in many countries across the globe. The question is why? In this day and age with rising food prices and energy costs, geopolitical challenges such as the war in Ukraine, the gap between the rich and the poor is widening with rising inequalities. In this session, we will discuss these challenges and consider what might be done to address them. 

Our interdisciplinary panel of leading academics from the School of International Development at University of East Anglia, who work on the frontline of Global Poverty, includes:

  • Maren Duvendack: Maren Duvendack is Professor of Evaluation in Economics who has worked in South Asia and in East Africa assessing the effectiveness of a range of programmes, e.g., microfinance, women’s empowerment, education and family planning.
  • Heike Schroeder: Heike Schroeder is Professor of Environmental Governance at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. Her work focuses on global environmental politics, the international climate negotiations, indigenous sustainable development and sustainable food governance.

Each member of our panel will set the scene at the beginning of the session to outline the key issues, as they see them, relating to Global Poverty.

Ahead of the event, we invite students to submit questions and arguments HERE within the overall session theme which, following the introductory inputs from our academics, are then either posed by the student themselves or by the host, depending upon each student’s preference.

The academics will then share their perspectives with plenty of opportunity for students to engage in the discussion. The event will progress in a similar way to ‘Question Time’.

Woven into the discussion, the university academics are encouraged to shed light on how undergraduates engage in these critical issues during their studies.


This session is part of UEA’s International Development Series. Please see other forthcoming events in the series by clicking below:


UEA’s International Development Series



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Key Stage 4 & Key Stage 5 students and equivalent with an interest in Global Poverty, either as part of their studies, their university aspirations, personal interests, or related citizenship studies. This is suitable for both groups or individual students and teachers.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to consider the theme and discuss some of the key issues, prior to submitting questions and arguments for our panel to address live. These can be submitted HERE.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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2nd May 2023
14:00 - 15:00
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