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
Politics of citizenship and settlement in Ahmedabad in the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots in...
Monitoring Marange: human rights surveillance, the Kimberley Process, and Zimbabwe’s blood diamond...
Electoral integrity: sub-national India
Trade unions and collective bargaining in urban labour markets: the case of West Bengal
'The law is just background noise': the politics of land governance in urban Pakistan...


23 May, 2014
Article by Miles Tendi Features in Collection of Most Popular 2013-14 African Studies Articles
21 May, 2014
Nikita Sud Interviewed by Radio France As Modi Visits Parliament for First Time
21 May, 2014
Podcast of Guy Standing Lecture on Precariat Charter Now Online
14 May, 2014
Raufu Mustapha Interviewed on Radio 4 on Boko Haram Kidnapping
13 May, 2014
Indian Elections: A Roundup of Commentary by ODID Specialists
12 May, 2014
ODID DPhil Student Susanne Verheul Wins 2014 Terence Ranger Prize for JSAS Article
09 May, 2014
Indrajit Roy Examines Benefits of Proportional Representation in Indian Elections in Article for The Hindu
25 Apr, 2014
Indrajit Roy Writes for Hindustan Times on Secularism and the Indian Election
11 Mar, 2014
Alexandra Bridges Wins MPhil Photo Competition for Picture of Zimbabwe Rally
26 Feb, 2014
Miles Tendi Interviewed on Al Jazeera about Economic Situation in Zimbabwe


03 Jun, 2013
'The young women... have heightened expectations but no means to actualise those expectations'. Masooda Bano discusses her research on a BBC The Forum show on 'Curiosity'
03 Apr, 2013
'Cutting climate change education is a mistake, says Imperial researcher'. Sarah Lester writes for Imperial College London blog
19 Mar, 2013
'Why it's a mistake to trim climate change from the curriculum'. Sarah Lester writes for the Independent
29 Jun, 2012
'Animated debate between academics contributes to rigorous research on climate change'. Neil Hirst and Sarah Lester write for LSE Policy Blog