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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Supporting police reform in Nigeria: learning from officers on the ground
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An interrogation of public authority and tenure security in fast track resettlement farms in Zimba...
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The political ecology of a complex socio-ecological system: Mother Earth and biodiversity governan...
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NGO advocacy and the struggle for representation: mining, conflict and performance in the Peruvian...
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Frontiers of urban survival: everyday corruption and precarious existence in Lagos
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Redesigning food systems: transformative social innovation in Mexico and Guatemala
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'Peasantarianisation' of the undesired urban: the role of the discourse in the implement...
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Apartheid’s African soldiers: a history of black Namibians and Angolans in South Africa’s former s...
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Beyond greed and grievance: investigating the multi-causal factors of the Niger Delta conflicts...
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Felipe Roa-Clavijo
Research Student
James Simpson
Research Student
Frances Stewart
Professor Emeritus of Development Economics
Nikita Sud
Associate Professor of Development Studies
Rosemary Thorp
Reader Emeritus in Development Economics
Susanne Verheul
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Katie Washington
Research Student (PRS)
Ivan Zambrana Flores
Research Student

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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
19 Mar, 2015
Amitav Ghosh to Give Olof Palme Lecture on 'The Earth as Literary Critic'
09 Mar, 2015
Nikita Sud Writes about India's National Land Acquisition Law in Scroll.in
25 Feb, 2015
New ODID working paper: Olly Owen and Zainab Usman explore advantages of incumbency in Nigerian elections
03 Feb, 2015
Olly Owen Shortlisted for ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize

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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
05 Jan, 2016
'Four decades of underestimating Mugabe'. Miles Tendi writes in the Conversation
09 Dec, 2015
'Don’t just blame climate change: Chennai floods were a manmade disaster'. Nikita Sud writes in The Conversation
07 Dec, 2015
'Elections en Burmanie: les partis ethniques en danger?'. Richard Dolan in Alta Asia

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