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

20 Jan, 2014
New Nigeria Research Network Policy Brief
17 Dec, 2013
New Special Issue on Politics, Patronage and Violence in Zimbabwe Co-edited by Jocelyn Alexander and Miles Tendi
16 Dec, 2013
Nikita Sud Interviewed by Radio France on Indian Anti-Corruption Bill
10 Dec, 2013
Miles Tendi Writes in Guardian on Blair's Alleged Plan to Invade Zimbabwe
06 Nov, 2013
Masooda Bano Wins EUR1.4 million ERC Starting Grant
01 Nov, 2013
Global Governance & Diplomacy Public Speaker Series - Peter Dauvergne Interview
21 Oct, 2013
Enterprise Culture in Neoliberal India: New Book Edited by Nandini Gooptu
18 Oct, 2013
Symposium Edited by John Gledhill Assesses (In)security after the Arab Spring
15 Oct, 2013
MPhil Student Thesis Wins Best Paper Prize
27 Sep, 2013
Joerg Friedrichs Writes on IPCC Report in Guardian