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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

    Religion in the making of a region
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    Liberalisation, Hindu nationalism and the state
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    The changing face of internal circular migration in Bihar, India
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    Valuing nature in developing countries
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    Agroecological practices and the redesign of agrifood systems
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    The political economy of private sector dynamism in the Middle East
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    Structural constraints to public goods provision in Punjab
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    Politics of trade protection in North Africa
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    The end of the railway line: Malian women, mobility and trade in Dakar
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    New cultures of work in contemporary India
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    India's enterprise culture: social and political implications beyond the economy
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    Reasoning with rebels: how the private authority in rebel enclaves impacts the peace process
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    Perceived income inequality and corruption
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    How the 'real' refugee is created and contested: inequalities, governmentality and agenc...
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    Irregular migrant children and the right to education
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    Studying conflict and studying peace: one and the same?
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