The ODID blog ran from 2012-19 and brought together commentary and analysis by staff, students, alumni and friends of the department on the issues we research.

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19 Sep, 2019
By Adeel Malik

A pyramid of privilege: crony capitalism in the Middle East

The Arab uprisings in 2011 were not just aimed at overthrowing authoritarian regimes but were also targeted at a well-entrenched system of economic privilege where those attached to the ruler’s insider circle had monopolized all economic opportunities.

For every regime that faced a popular backlash in the Middle East, there were some prominent businesses who became the symbol of corruption and injustice. In Egypt it was Ahmed Ezz, the steel magnate.

Jörg Friedrichs
24 Jan, 2019

A warning from India for European liberals on how to manage relations with Muslim minorities

Especially since the refugee crisis, Europe has been grappling with populist reactions to the growth of Muslim minorities. Yet, despite decades of migration, native Europeans have limited experience and...

Anne Schnitzer
Emrah Celik
22 Jan, 2019

In conversation with Ruben Andersson

MSc students Anne Schnitzer and Emrah Celik recently interviewed Professor Ruben Andersson, who teaches on the MSc in Migration...

17 Jan, 2019

The responsibility to protect: time to move on?

In what follows, I suggest, slightly controversially perhaps, that it is time to move on from the ‘responsibility to...

Dan Hodgkinson
11 Dec, 2018

Three perspectives on Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections

Building on ODID’s expertise on Zimbabwe, the department recently invited three experts from UK universities to discuss this year’s historic...

Gina Crivello
Gillian Mann
12 Nov, 2018

The Young Marriage and Parenthood Study (YMAPS) – one year on

October marked one year into the Young Marriage and Parenthood Study (YMAPS), which brings together research from Young Lives (Ethiopia, Peru and the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana)...

Carla Canelas
Rachel Gisselquist
06 Nov, 2018

Horizontal inequality: exploring persistence and change

A considerable body of recent research suggests that inequality between ethnic groups has major socioeconomic implications. ‘Economists have long recognised that there is an association between inequality...

Sarah Gilkerson
06 Nov, 2018

Rethinking inclusion, exclusion, and human mobility: the 2018 Oxford Migration Conference

The Oxford Migration Studies Society and the Migration and Mobility Network hosted the annual Oxford Migration Conference over the summer, reflecting on the processes of inclusion and exclusion that...

Mohammad Tarikul Islam
19 Oct, 2018

Rural dispute resolution in Bangladesh: How well are village courts working?

Bangladesh offers an interesting case in which informal rural dispute resolution has been institutionalised as an alternative route to justice:  the 2006 Village Courts Act sought to combine features of...

M Niaz Asadullah
Antonio Savoia
17 Oct, 2018

Why do some countries reduce poverty faster than others?

'Can poverty be eradicated?' is the biggest question for development. Progress in poverty reduction was a central success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): estimates suggest that as many as ...

Carlos Vargas-Silva
03 Oct, 2018

The new DPhil in Migration Studies

The University of Oxford has recently announced the launch of a new DPhil in Migration Studies. Based at ODID and the School of Anthropology and Museum...