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 friends 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
Interfaith partnerships in the field of development: a way forward for religious pluralism in Indonesia?
Muslim-Christian interactions are growing more common in the field of development. Many of these interactions are fraught, with community activists questioning the motives of faith-based organisations (FBOs) run by those professing different religions.
Promoting ‘self-reliance’ for refugees: what does it really mean?
Promotion of ‘self-reliance’ for refugees has occupied a central place in the policy arena of the international refugee regime in recent years. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)...
Why we need to rethink how we look at policing in Africa
Until recently, scholarly works on formal policing institutions in Africa were few and far between, despite the fact that in countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and others, there are very large...
Constructing development: financing the infrastructure gap in emerging and developing economies
Making up the shortfall between global infrastructure investment needs and actual spending is high on the agenda for policy-makers and investors. According to McKinsey Global Institute, the world needs to...
On the margins: meetings to watch at the Hamburg G20
Summits are not just — or even mostly — about what happens in the formal leaders' meetings. What happens on the sidelines often has the largest impact on steering the course of international politics.
The new role of the G20: safeguarding global governance from a revisionist America
Under the Trump administration, the United States has not only stepped back from its position of global leadership, but now actively plays a spoiler role in the governance agenda.
Do aspirations and well-being matter for children’s outcomes? Lessons from Peru
The linkages between parent’s circumstances, well-being, and aspirations and their children’s outcomes is a fundamental question for social scientists and policymakers in countries at all levels of...
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...
Who thrives, who struggles? Exploring the determinants of economic success among refugees
Today is the 16th United Nations' World Refugee Day, a day to recognize and honour refugees’ resilience, agency and capability.
What do we mean by 'development studies'? Reflections after 20 years of the MPhil
On Friday 2 June we welcomed many former students back to Oxford to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MPhil in Development Studies. It was a great opportunity to consider the evolution of the degree and...
Fear trumps facts: why Theresa May is sticking with her migration cap
Ahead of the British general election on June 8, the ruling Conservative party has renewed its commitment to 'reduce and control' immigration to a net figure of under 100,000 – a level not seen...