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23 February 2021

Online Lecture: ‘Remitting Political Instability? The COVID-19 shock and the implications for remittance dependent states’

We are delighted to announce that Professor David Doyle will be giving an exclusive lecture for the St Hugh’s community, ‘Remitting Political Instability? The COVID-19 shock and the implications for remittance dependent states’, on 23 February 2021, 5pm-6pm (UK time). Join us for this thought-provoking session, during which Professor Doyle will be sharing insights into his research and taking your questions.

About the lecture
Since the mid 1990s, remittances – money sent by migrants to their families back home – to low and middle income countries have exceeded all official development aid by a factor of three. In 2019, remittances were on track to overtake foreign direct investment to these states. As a result of the current pandemic, however, global remittances are expected to experience one of the steepest declines in recent history. The decline in remittances has already affected the livelihoods of communities, and represents a major threat to economies in the developing world.  As Professor Doyle’s research explores, this decline in remittances could have wide-ranging political consequences as well. This talk will explore some of these political consequences and what the pandemic might mean for the long term political stability of developing countries.

This online event will take place via Zoom webinar. To register to attend, please fill in our booking form below by 12 noon on 23 February. The event is free but we ask you to consider making a donation to the College’s Covid-19 Support Fund when you book your ticket. For further information about the Fund and the critical role your donations play in supporting the College at this particularly challenging time, please click here.

Joining details will be sent out to all those who have registered the day before the event (please ensure that you enter your email address carefully on the booking form).

Please note that St Hugh’s College’s virtual events may be recorded.

About our speaker

David Doyle is a Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations and a Fellow of the Latin American Centre. He is a Fellow of St Hugh’s College. His research is mainly concerned with comparative political economy and currently, he is working on two main projects: one on the political economy of migration and the other related to taxation and the social contract in Latin America.

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