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    Research

    Around 80 per cent of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent in the UK government's most recent nationwide assessment.

    Research

    Our work engages with some of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century: from security and global governance, to migration and human rights; from poverty and inequality to technological innovation and enterprise; from children and youth to urban transformation.

    Our approach is unique because we address the structural roots of poverty and power on the one hand, and the international as well as the national dimensions of development on the other. We value field experience, primary data collection, comparative research, novel methodologies and innovative theory and analysis.

    Our research is clustered around four major thematic areas, which are in turn embedded in, and illuminated by, the study of specific regions of the developing world. You can find out more about our research themes and regions using the links to the left.

    You can also find out about the work of our externally funded research groups and major projects, where a large part of our research activity is carried out, as well as exploring the real-world impact of our findings.

    Alternatively, browse all our research activity below.

    Browse Research

    Between planetary urbanisation and thinking forests: a study of socio-ecological change in the Ecu...
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    Analysing gender myths in rural development
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    Workplace surveillance
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    Survey design and data collection methods for gender analysis
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    Gender Asset Gap Project
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    Rethinking domestic and international finance for HIV
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    Post-conflict transition in Burundi
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    Refugee economies
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    Diffusion of innovation in low income countries (DILIC)
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    Performing international society
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    New dynamics of international refugee law
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    Marked out: histories of student protest in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, 1957 to now
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    Patterns, determinants, and effects of internal migration among young adults in Ethiopia, India, P...
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    The risk crucible: managing multiple insecurities in the western Sahel
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    To what extent is UNHCR's intervention in Afghanistan shaped by incentives in the humanitaria...
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    Rethinking rural development: negotiation in agricultural and food systems
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