The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
The ODID blog brings together commentary and analysis by staff, students, alumni and frends of the department on the issues we research.
The views expressed in posts do not necessarily reflect the views of ODID or of the University of Oxford. They should be understood as the personal opinions of the author.
If you would like new posts delivered straight to your inbox, please subscribe below.
Subscribe to the blog
Food sovereignty and beyond: an alternative from the Tseltal of Chiapas, Mexico
In response to the need for more sustainable, just and healthy food systems, social innovators are experimenting with alternative models, notably through initiatives that combine agroecology with social and solidarity economy. I have been researching one such initiative, the Misión de Bachajón in Chiapas, Mexico, where Jesuits work with the Tseltal people to achieve not only food sovereignty, but a more integral 'sovereignty without adjectives'.
Rhodes Must Fall: from dignity to honour values
How many of those called racist or sexist are actually guilty of racism or sexism? Some are, but what about the others? Why is calling someone a racist or sexist different from calling them a liar or a...
Is resistance futile? Maximising the impact of public diplomacy on social media
One of the most sought-after metrics in social network analysis is influence. Finding out who the most important users are in the network and how they leverage their influence online is of great value for...
‘Am I going to eat peace?’ – the politics of redistribution and recognition in women’s peace activism
Global feminism is often seen as a progressive and emancipatory movement emanating from the West and fostering radical politics elsewhere in the world. Such a view is not only ethnocentric but, critically,...
The benefits of more detailed poverty maps
The lenses through which we observe the appalling situation that the poor endure now have higher resolution than in the past for several countries.
Migration makes the Sustainable Development Goals agenda – time to celebrate?
In September 2015, the United Nations published the final version of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Religiosity and Muslim American attitudes towards political violence
To what extent does the religion of Islam condone or promote the justification of suicide bombings?
Will climate negotiations overcome the curse of unfulfilled expectations at COP21?
International negotiations are fundamentally nested games of expectations management. If the objectives are set too high and negotiations then fail to deliver, it would be quite difficult for the relevant...
Multidimensional Poverty Index adopted as a SDG target indicator
The Inter Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators met for the second time in Bangkok, 26-28 October 2015. The purpose was to move towards the selection of the indicators that will be...
What can the private sector offer Indian education?
Few things in education policy in developing countries are more contentious than what the role of the private sector should be.
Citizenship, violence, and youth in Brazil: reducing the legal age of criminal responsibility
In Brazil, there has been a perennial debate about reducing the legal age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16 years. Congress has recently approved a legal amendment that aims to put this into practice...