Interviews

Interviews by LSE students.

“Identity politics has corroded liberal democracy.” Matthew Goodwin meets the Beaver

In 2003, when the UK Independence Party (UKIP) were on the distant fringes of British politics, a University of Salford undergraduate saw that right-wing populists had the potential for a national – even global – takeover. Fifteen years later, Professor…

An Interview with the “Gen Sec Living”: Zulum Elumogo

Zulum Elumogo is the General Secretary of the LSE Students’ Union 2018-19. He graduated last year having studied Social Policy and Government. He is also an incredibly talented dancer and choreographer, showcasing his work for the annual LSESU African-Caribbean talent…

“Ninety-five percent of economics is common sense.” Ha-Joon Chang on Brexit, trade and Kpop

The Beaver editor sat down with the Cambridge economist, whose ideas about trade and development have influenced policymakers and academics the world for over two decades. Professor Chang’s books have sold in the millions, and their author celebrated for his…

A Conversation on Indian Media: Interview with Siddharth Varadarajan

Bhadra Sreejith sits down with Siddharth Varadarajan, Founding Editor of The Wire, to discuss fake news, online advertising, and the Indian media industry. Siddharth Varadarajan is a senior political analyst, LSE alumnus, and the former Editor of The Hindu, the…

Finding Solutions To The Housing Crisis: with Jonn Elledge, Andrew Boff and Dominique Hua
On November 20th last year the Beaver organised a panel discussion on the housing crisis. The speakers were Jonn Elledge, editor of CityMetric, Dominique Hua, an organiser for UCL Cut the Rent, and Andrew Boff AM, the Conservative’s London Assembly…
“The Biggest Mess I Have Seen In My Lifetime” Ken Clarke MP talks Brexit, Trump, and the “Formidable” Lady Thatcher

By Leighton Hughes I was fortunate enough in December to speak with former UK Chancellor (1993 to 1997) Ken Clarke MP. A Member of Parliament since 1970, under 7 different Prime Ministers, he’s held government positions under the Thatcher, Major, and…

Where Things Stand In Afghanistan

Since 2001, the price of the war in Afghanistan has been steep: over $1 trillion spent and 20,000 US military casualties, not to mention the tens of thousands of Afghans who have been killed or wounded. Three successive presidential administrations…

David Drew: Prioritising Conservation Post-Brexit

Features Editor Oli Wheeler speaks to Shadow Environment Minister David Drew about the need to invest in conservation and rural areas post-Brexit A Labour member, I was monitoring the count in my home constituency for my local party in Bristol…

Unboxing The Doughnut: An Interview with Kate Raworth

Features Editor Rajan Soni discusses the challenges facing economic theory in the 21st century with the author of the Sunday Times Bestseller, Doughnut Economics Growth. It has become a byword for prosperity, a synonym for success – a yardstick by…

Changing The System: In Conversation with Muhammad Yunus

In an exclusive interview, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus talks to The Beaver about social businesses, criticisms of microfinance, and whether voluntourism is a good idea Muhammad Yunus has no plans to slow down. In 1983, he pioneered the concept…