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Dr Susannah Pickering-Saqqa

Senior Lecturer in International Development and NGO Management

Social Sciences

Susannah specializes in NGO management in the context of international development with a particular interest in faith-based NGOs.

    Over the last 20 years I have worked in the NGO, local government and intergovernmental sectors on a wide variety of development programmes in Bangladesh, Jordan, Palestine and the UK. My  research focuses on how NGOs based in the global North are adapting to and shaping new development paradigms. I am also interested in faith-based NGOs and development communications. I continue to work in an advisory capacity for a variety of development NGOs.

    I am Co-convenor or the Development Studies Association's NGOs in Development Study Group and a member of: British Sociological Association; British Association for South Asian Studies; C4D Network.
    I am currently External Examiner for the University of Portsmouth's undergraduate international development studies programme.


    July 2016 “Oxfam GB’s UK poverty programme: a case for organisational habitus”, BSA Bourdieu Study Group Biennial Conference, July 2016

    December 2015 “Evaluation Report: Save the Girl Child”. Written for Childreach International and Childreach India with Dr Meera Tiwari and Dr Kathryn Kraft.

    November 2015 “Communicating across multiple domains: The case of Islamic Relief”, C4D Workshop, University of East London, 25 November 2015.

    September 2015 “Why development NGOs in the North work with the poor in their own communities”, Oxfam UK Poverty UK Advisory Group, London, 23 September 2015.

    September 2015 “NGOs as Knowledge Hubs and Brokers of Expertise in Tomorrow’s World?”

    Co-convenor of DSA NGOs in Development Study Group Roundtable, DSA Conference, University of Bath 8 September 2015.

    April 2015 “Development NGOs working within and across multiple domains: the case of Islamic Relief”, British Association of South Asian Studies, Portsmouth, 8 April 2015.

    November 2014 “Why work “at home”? Domestic poverty programmes and their challenge to Northern Development NGOs”, Development Studies Association Conference, London, 1 November 2014.

    June 2014 “Adapt or Die: What is the future for Non-Governmental Development Organisations in the global North?”, EADI Conference, Responsible Development in a Polycentric World: Inequality, Citizenship and the Middle Classes, Bonn, June 2014

    April 2014 “Understanding and measuring urban deprivation” at Measuring Human Development and Capabilities in High-income Countries, Roma Tre University, 12-15 April 2014, co-presenter with Dr Meera Tiwari.

    November 2013 “The role of Access and Gatekeeping in Understanding Grassroots Poverty: a
    North-South Perspective”, Development Studies Association Annual Conference, Birmingham, 16 November 2013, co-presenter with Dr Meera Tiwari.

    Co-convenor of NGOs in Development Study Group Panel ,“NGOs and
    Development Communications in the 21st Century”, at Development Studies
    Association (DSA) Annual Conference.

    November 2012 “Understanding Urban Deprivations: a Northern Perspective using Case Studies in East and South London”, at Development Studies Association Annual Conference, London, co-presenter with Dr Meera Tiwari.

    2011 – 2013 Co-researcher on 18- month UKIERI-funded project which seeks to identify strategies for overcoming urban deprivation in East London and Mumbai across 6 case-study community organisations.

    Sep 2009 – Sept 2015 Phd, University of East London: Why development NGOs in the North work with the poor in their own communities: Does Everyone Matter? The research uses four case studies: Oxfam GB; Red Barnet, Denmark; Oxfam America, and Islamic Relief UK examining the shifts in understanding of what “development” is by Northern development NGOs.


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    I am Programme Leader for our BA (Hons) International Development and BA (Hons) International Development with NGO Management. I teach on the following undergraduate modules:

    - Introduction to NGO Management

    - Planning and Fundraising in the Third Sector

    - NGO Placement

    I also teach on our MSc NGO and Development Management, leading the module in Project and Programme Design for Development.