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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

    Macroeconomic dynamics in low-income countries
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    Transportation costs, food markets, and structural transformation in Tanzania
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    NGO advocacy and the struggle for representation: mining, conflict and performance in the Peruvian...
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    The political ecology of a complex socio-ecological system: Mother Earth and biodiversity governan...
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    An interrogation of public authority and tenure security in fast track resettlement farms in Zimba...
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    Social networks, collaborations and high-tech cluster formation in an emerging country: the case o...
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    Using theatre to explore the multiple dimensions of poverty
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    Supporting police reform in Nigeria: learning from officers on the ground
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    Understanding innovation in Low Income Countries
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    The politics of the Syrian refugee crisis
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    ‘State of Emergency’: The politics of Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak, 2008-2009
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    Valuation struggles in the Ecuadorian Amazon
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    Agricultural development, mechanization and rental markets: theory and empirics from Ghana and Eth...
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    Valuation of early-stage technology
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    Non-state actors and state building in divided societies: the case of Libya (1939-1970)
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    Managing societal threats in the digital age: the case of propaganda and violent extremism
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