Political Change, Conflict and the Environment

Research on development requires a critical approach to the state and dominant institutions, focussing on how power is created and exercised, and the resistance of excluded groups. This essential political process involves conflict as much as cooperation, where security (and insecurity), historical identity, urban transformation and environmental sustainability are central issues.

Our research in this area is characterised by strong disciplinary roots in history, politics and anthropology; an interdisciplinary empirical research methodology; and primary fieldwork.

Work in this theme is mainly conducted by individual faculty members with their research students and post-doctoral fellows. Between 2003 and 2010 the DfID-funded Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE) built on pioneering work in the department during the 1990s on the relationship between war and underdevelopment.

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Photo: Sarah Smierciak, MPhil in Development Studies 2012-14

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Changing Structures of Islamic Authority
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Understanding radicalisation: informing Nigerian policy towards Boko Haram
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A history of political imprisonment in Zimbabwe, 1959-2011
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Explaining changes in Palestinian and Israeli opinions towards a peace settlement
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Market power: traders, farmers, and the politics of class-making in Pakistani Punjab
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Muslim minorities in a post-Western world
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State capacity and conflict
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Studying conflict and studying peace: one and the same?
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Reasoning with rebels: how the private authority in rebel enclaves impacts the peace process
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Jocelyn Alexander
Professor of Commonwealth Studies
Asha Amirali
Research Student
Masooda Bano
Principal Investigator, Changing Structures of Islamic Authority, and Associate Professor
Lennart Bolliger
Research Student
Arnold Chamunogwa
Research Student
Simukai Chigudu
Research Student
Julie Dayot
Research Student
Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy
Research Student
Arndt Emmerich
Research Officer, CSIA

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10 Jul, 2017
ODID researchers win Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships
26 Jun, 2017
New book - Police in Africa: The Street Level View, co-edited by Olly Owen
16 Jun, 2017
New ODS special issue celebrates work of Valpy FitzGerald
05 Jun, 2017
New article by Robtel Neajai Pailey on Liberia's 2014/15 Ebola outbreak
23 May, 2017
New article by Joerg Friedrichs examines Sino-Muslim relations
04 May, 2017
New article by Robtel Neajai Pailey looks ahead to Liberia's 2017 election
28 Apr, 2017
New article by John Gledhill explores variation in violent conflict after collapse of state capacity
10 Apr, 2017
ODID presenting at 2017 Political Studies Association Annual Conference
03 Feb, 2017
New special issue offers transnational perspectives on southern Africa’s liberation movements
08 Jan, 2017
ODID welcomes new ESRC Global Challenges fellow Elizabeth Rahman

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04 May, 2017
'Fork in the River'. MPhil Gus Greenstein writes for Roads & Kingdoms/Slate on how dams are redefining life in the Mekong River basin
31 Mar, 2017
'It is part of a larger narrative of targeting certain kinds of informality and illegality that invariably affect the poorest, the minorities and other vulnerable communities'. Nikita Sud quoted by Reuters on closure of abbatoirs in India
27 Mar, 2017
'llegality vs informality: what the crackdown on slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh is really about'. Nikita Sud writes about the politics of food in India's most populous state for scroll.in
17 Mar, 2017
‘Forest life was absolutely beautiful. Lots of walking, hunting, gathering fruit and living with nature'. Laura Rival interviewed about living with the Huaorani people of Ecuador in Blueprint magazine
23 Feb, 2017
'He will run and will probably win and some time after 2018 he will probably begin to reveal his hand'. Miles Tendi interviewed on Global Journalist about Robert Mugabe's future
07 Feb, 2017
'What is at stake for Latin America today?'. Diego Sanchez Ancochea contributes to an expert panel for the Guardian
02 Feb, 2017
'To many ... Modi followers, these NGOs are simply anti-national'. Nikita Sud comments in Daily Mail on Narendra Modi's moves against foreign NGOs
17 Jan, 2017
'The new superpowers in the global land grab and how they operate'. Nikita Sud writes for The Conversation
17 Jan, 2017
'Africa’s lessons for Trump’s America'. Read first of Robtel Neajai Pailey's new columns for New African Magazine
02 Jan, 2017
The performance of Indian states in electoral integrity. Zaad Mahmood writes for the Electoral Integrity Project blog

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