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.


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

In the media
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and (in)Security: addressing sexual violence a...
Living with violence: institutions, networks and social processes
Bridging the gap between Payments for Environmental Services and Conditional Cash Transfers in the...
Illicit orders in global governance: the institutionalization of authority in territories of limit...
Managing societal threats in the digital age: the case of propaganda and violent extremism
Non-state actors and state building in divided societies: the case of Libya (1939-1970)
The political economy of economic diversification in Nigeria
Valuation struggles in the Ecuadorian Amazon
‘State of Emergency’: The politics of Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak, 2008-2009


Garima Jaju
Research Student
Myfanwy James
Research Student (PRS)
Zaad Mahmood
Departmental Lecturer in South Asian Development and Politics
Nina Isabella Moeller
Independent Social Research Foundation Fellow
Abdul Raufu Mustapha
Associate Professor of African Politics
Oliver Owen
ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow
Kirsten Pontalti
Research Student
Carlos Quembo
Research Student
Laura Rival
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Development


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
08 Jul, 2015
Olly Owen Convenes Panel on Police and Military at ECAS 2015
29 Jun, 2015
Filling Pails, Lighting Fires: Social Order in Africa Workshop
25 Jun, 2015
Olly Owen Wins ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize for Work on Nigerian Police Force
18 Jun, 2015
ODID DPhil Jean-Benoit Falisse Comments on Burundi Crisis for Media
27 May, 2015
Nikita Sud Interviewed on Al Jazeera About Indian Crackdown on Foreign NGOs
22 May, 2015
Indrajit Roy Writes on Caste-based Job Reservations in India for scroll.in
17 Apr, 2015
New Book: Shaping Global Islamic Discourses Co-edited by Masooda Bano
19 Mar, 2015
New Book - Sects & Social Disorder: Muslim Identities & Conflict in Northern Nigeria edited by Raufu Mustapha


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
28 Aug, 2016
Richard Dolan comments on 21st Century Panglong Conference for Agence France-Presse.
23 Aug, 2016
'Angola's adoption of social media legislation "may set dangerous precedent for Zimbabwe"'. Miles Tendi interviewed by International Business Times
09 Aug, 2016
'Gujarat: The Azadi Kooch March and Land Reform'. Nikita Sud's research on land cited in Sabrangindia.in
23 Jul, 2016
'The Gujarat model: what violence in the name of cow protection tells us about BJP's caste politics'. Nikita Sud writes for scoll.in
18 Jul, 2016
'The UN had to go, but is Liberia really prepared for peace?'. Robtel Neajai Pailey writes in The Conversation
18 Jul, 2016
'Why a hashtag Isn’t enough for a revolution in Zimbabwe'. Miles Tendi writes on social media activism in Zimbabwe in Foreign Policy