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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Rethinking rural development: negotiation in agricultural and food systems
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The risk crucible: managing multiple insecurities in the western Sahel
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Marked out: histories of student protest in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, 1957 to now
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Post-conflict transition in Burundi
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Between planetary urbanisation and thinking forests: a study of socio-ecological change in the Ecu...
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Development outcomes in hybrid regimes
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Karen knowledge networks and transitional civil society on the Burma/Thailand border
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Intangibility of land as an asset to farmers in the future urbanization of India: the case of Dhol...
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Sharia implementation in northern Nigeria after 15 years
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26 Jan, 2015
As India Celebrates 65th Republic Day, Nikita Sud Examines What Securlarism Means for Congress Party
13 Jan, 2015
ODID DPhil Student Zainab Usman Speaks to BBC About Attacks in Nigeria
09 Jan, 2015
Amitav Ghosh to Give Olof Palme Lecture on 'The Earth as Literary Critic'
05 Nov, 2014
Nikita Sud Writes for Scroll.in on Communal Violence in India
13 Oct, 2014
Nikita Sud Interviewed on Award of Nobel Peace Prize to Indian, Pakistani Activists
19 Sep, 2014
New Journal Special Section Co-edited by Rosana Pinheiro-Machado on Protest in Brazil
26 Aug, 2014
Nikita Sud Quoted in Sydney Morning Herald Article on Modi's Approach to Opening Indian Economy
19 Aug, 2014
Rosana Pinheiro-Machado Appointed Columnist for Brazilian Magazine CartaCapital
11 Aug, 2014
Joerg Friedrichs' Book Wins Honourable Mention in Rachel Carson Environment Book Award
18 Jul, 2014
Santiago Izquierdo Tort Wins Papiya Ghosh Prize for Best MPhil Thesis in 2014

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02 Dec, 2015
Keeping afloat after the ‘red wave’. Richard Dolan writes for Myanmar Times
01 Dec, 2015
'In Nigeria, newly appointed officials signal shift in economic policy'. Zainab Usman writes for Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog
27 Nov, 2015
'Ethnic parties and the vote - the 2015 elections and consequences for ethnic parties'. Richard Dolan writes for New Mandala's 'Myanmar and the vote' series
07 Nov, 2015
‘Karen parties and the vote’. Richard Dolan writes for New Mandala's 'Myanmar and the vote' series
06 Nov, 2015
‘Five Lessons from Zimbabwe’s Game-Changing Student Protests’. Dan Hodgkinson writes for The Conversation
06 Oct, 2015
‘Roots of difference - Karen politics and unity in the lead up to Myanmar’s historic elections'. Richard Dolan writes for New Mandala
08 Sep, 2015
'Gujarat: a development model for all India?'. Nikita Sud Interviewed by Austria's Radio Ö1
07 Sep, 2015
'How India undermined its elections: why was the world’s largest democracy outperformed by one of the smallest?'. Zaad Mahmood writes for the Electoral Integrity Project blog
04 Sep, 2015
'Buhari's first 100 days: does Nigerian president mean business?'. Zainab Usman writes for CNN
19 May, 2015
'Challenging the Syrian state: using information systems to document human-rights violations'. Ali Ali writes for Open Democracy

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