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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India's enterprise culture: social and political implications beyond the economy
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New cultures of work in contemporary India
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Structural constraints to public goods provision in Punjab
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Agroecological practices and the redesign of agrifood systems
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Valuing nature in developing countries
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The changing face of internal circular migration in Bihar, India
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Liberalisation, Hindu nationalism and the state
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Religion in the making of a region
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Landscapes of liberalisation
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Arndt Emmerich
Research Officer, CSIA
Solange Fontana
Research Student
Jörg Friedrichs
Associate Professor of Politics
Kieran Gilfoy
Research Student
John Gledhill
Associate Professor of Global Governance
Nandini Gooptu
Associate Professor of South Asian Studies
Robert Hortle
Research Student
Marc Howard
Research Student (PRS)
Santiago Izquierdo Tort
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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
07 Nov, 2016
Nikita Sud’s caution on post-Brexit trade with India widely cited in media amid May visit to Delhi
23 Jun, 2016
New article by Nikita Sud explores state, scale and networks through land in India
11 May, 2016
Huaorani Transformations in Twenty-First-Century Ecuador: new book by Laura Rival
23 Nov, 2015
New CRISE Working Paper Develops Index of Social Cohesion for 19 African Countries
22 Sep, 2015
Former ODID DPhil Annette Idler Awarded 2015 CRS Cedric Smith Prize
13 Aug, 2015
Film by ODID Researcher Tells Forgotten Story of How West African Soldiers Helped Secure Victory in Burma in WWII
17 Jul, 2015
ODID DPhils Present at 6th European Conference on African Studies 2015

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25 Dec, 2016
'What a Gujarat Don’s Story Tells Us About the Spirit of the State'. Nikita Sud writes for The Wire
02 Dec, 2016
'Trump and Modi: birds of the same feather, but with different world views'. Indrajit Roy writes for The Conversation
21 Nov, 2016
'¿Cuál será el impacto real de Trump en América Latina?'. Diego Sánchez-Ancochea writes for Agenda Publica
08 Nov, 2016
'Why Indians aren’t impressed with Theresa May’s business offer'. Nikita Sud writes for The Conversation
04 Nov, 2016
‘India does not owe a friendly relationship to the UK because of colonialism'. Nikita Sud quoted extensively in Daily Mail
27 Oct, 2016
'India’s slow-brewing political storm is steadily gathering strength'. Indrajit Roy writes for The Conversation
07 Oct, 2016
'Despite referendum failure, Colombia can still reach peace'. DPhil Felipe Roa-Clavijo writes for Positive.news
30 Sep, 2016
'How to deal with autocratic nations'. Robtel Neajai Pailey interviewed for Deutsche Welle
23 Sep, 2016
'After a lifetime of conflict, we Colombians have a chance to vote for peace'. DPhil Felipe Roa-Clavijo writes for The Conversation
07 Sep, 2016
'Why unemployed graduates will ignore Zimbabwe’s ban on protests'. DPhil Dan Hodgkinson writes for The Conversation

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