Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Guest Posts On SPERI’s Political Economy Blog


Milano School’s International Affairs Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr has guest posted on SPERI’s (Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute) blog. “The 2030 agenda and the SDGs– a course correction?” Fukuda-Parr discusses and compares the goals and differences between SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) in relation to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Fukuda-Parr raises the question as to whether implementation can bring real change. Could SDGs, which responds to some of the critical shortcomings of the MDGs in important ways be dumbed down and simplified? According to Fukuda-Parr, since SDGs are a politically negotiated consensus that has no built-in enforcement mechanism, the responsibility will now lie in the hands of the civil society groups to take hold of SDGs as a course correction. Click on the link above to read the full post! 

PhD Alum and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network Eddie Summers on the Link Between Brooklyn’s Economic Boom and Higher Education

MilaEddie Summersno PhD Alum Eddie Summers recently spoke with the Wall Street Journal about a recent report citing that Downtown Brooklyn’s higher-education institutions drew some 60,000 students and generated $2.8 billion in economic activity in 2013. “It occurred to me we needed to start to sell the wealth of the higher-education sector here in Brooklyn,”  said Summers, who is the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (a part of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership that oversaw the study.) Read more on this here.



As the UN adopts a new sustainable development agenda, what should all International Affairs students know?

More than 150 world leaders are expected to adopt a new sustainable development agenda today, September 25, 2015, at the 3-day UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York. The new agenda consists of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) encompassing three broad aims to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change by the year 2030. The SDGs replace the eight millennium development goals (MDGs) launched in 2000.

What  should you know about the SDGs? We asked Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Chair of the Development concentration at The New School for her insight. 


For more information on the Sustainable Development Goals, read “Post 2015: a new era of accountability?,” an article Fakuda-Parr co-authored with Desmond McNeill in The Journal of Global Ethics. The article argues that the Sustainable Development Goals need to recognise the structural constraints facing poor countries – the power imbalances in the global economic system that limit their ability to promote the prosperity and well-being of their people.



SGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Presented Keynote at World Social Science Forum

sakiko_fukudaSakiko Fukuda-Parr, SGPIA professor and chair of the Development Concentration,  was keynote speaker on September 15 at the International Social Science Council’s World Social Science Forum, held in Durban, South Africa and attended by over 1000 people from 84 countries.  Drawing on her recent publications, she argued that eradicating hunger will need to address long standing social inequalities such as gender asymmetries in power, and new threats from global shifts in market, biophysical and institutional environment including volatile and high prices, climate change, financialization of cereals markets, international trade agreements and foreign investments in land. 


Panel Discussion Celebrates Jeff Smith Book Launch

Mr Smith goes to prison

Thank you to Rachel Elkind for the photos!

The panel discussion and reading that took place Thursday, 9/10, for Urban Policy professor Jeff Smith’s launch of his new book Mr Smith Goes to Prison, packed the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center.  Moderator Touré expertly led the discussion, and the panelists Jeff Smith, Soffiyah Elijah, Carla Shedd, and Melissa Mark Viverito shared incredible insights and analyses about the state of prisons and prison reform in the United States.  None shied away from difficult topics such as the realities of Rikers Island, the dehumanization and objectification of incarcerated people, and the punitive nature of post-incarceration life.  The questions from audience members and livestream viewers added another dimension, and Professor Smith ended the discussion by reminding us that substantive reform cannot occur until society’s understanding of incarcerated people becomes both more accurate and more compassionate.  Thanks again to the Center for New York City Affairs and Humanities Action Lab for their co-sponsorship of this event with Milano.  Please click here for the link to the livestream recording. 


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