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Watch the recording of LIDC’s Careers in Global Development event

02/08/2023 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Please note: this was a closed session for LIDC student members only. Not a member yet? Join LIDC here

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Are you planning a career in Global Development but not sure what your next move should be?  Join us at 3.30pm on 2 August for the next edition of our hugely-successful careers advice events for LIDC’s student members.

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LIDC is an inter-disciplinary organisation dedicated to tackling wicked and seemingly-intractable challenges in the global development landscape. As such, we are in the privileged position of being able to draw on a pool of membership from across a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, from Academia to Research to Project Management to the INGO sector and many points in between.

Working with the UKRI-GCRF Action Against Stunting (AAS) Hub, we are delighted to provide this opportunity for students and those embarking on their careers to meet and learn from experts in LIDC’s member institutions and the Hub. You’ll hear how they came to be where they currently are, and about the lessons and experience they have learned along the way. There will be time for a Q+A which you are encouraged to take part in.

About our Panel

Dr Alina Pelikh is a Senior Research Fellow in Demography at the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies and was awarded an Understanding Society Fellowship to investigate the role of early adolescent experiences in explaining differences in school-to-work trajectories between siblings. Her research interests include a range of topics across social demography and reproductive epidemiology, including life course, families and fertility, transition to adulthood, mental health, social inequalities. Prior to joining UCL in January 2020, Alina was a Senior Research Officer at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. Her role included undertaking research designed to meet the needs of policy-makers and third sector organisations. Alina was awarded with ESRC and Advanced Quantitative Methods Scholarship for her PhD research which she completed at the University of Liverpool in 2019. Alina is the co-host and founder of the podcast for early career academics, Academia et al. (2021-). Alina is keen on wider dissemination of her research findings. Her work was covered in multiple media outlets, including BBC Worklife, The Times, ITV News, The Medical News.


Gregory Cooper is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography and the Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on understanding the ways in which food markets in Ghana and northern India may be supported and strengthened to increase the availability and affordability of nutrient-dense foods such as fruits and vegetables for food insecure communities. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Southampton, and prior to joining Sheffield, was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Environment, Policy and Development (CeDEP) at SOAS.




Chelsey Knott is the Programme Coordinator of the Action Against Stunting Hub. Before starting with the Hub, she worked at the London International Development Centre and has wide experience in the NGO sphere. Chelsey holds a BHSc – Nutrition and an MSc in Global Health. Chelsey has studied in India, Thailand and Maastricht and brings with her a passion for all things food – from farm to plate and is dedicated to the reduction of worldwide stunting and hunger.




Valentina Allen is Head of External Affairs at The Brooke – Action for Working Donkeys and Horses. Valentina is a policy and advocacy professional who has been working in the field of animal welfare for nearly a decade, during which she has been promoting a holistic approach to tackle issues that affect all of us sharing the same planet, people, environment and animals.  Her career includes working for the European Union in trade policy and community engagement. She graduated in Linguistics and Law, both topics proving to be essential for a job within the international development world. Originally from Italy, Valentina lived in different countries before moving to Scotland, where she now resides with her husband and dog, surrounded by sheep and lots of rain.



This is a closed event for LIDC’s student members only. You can sign up via the link here – please be advised that we ask you to provide your institutional email unless you have already graduated. You will receive the joining link for this event once registrations close at 11.30 am BST (GMT+1) on 2 August. This event will be recorded. By signing up for LIDC’s event, you agree that we will collect your data and contact you for the purposes of the event only. Your personal information will be deleted after the event. You can email to cancel your registration and have your data deleted at any time.



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Charine John, LIDC.

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