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Matai Muon
24 May, 2023

Let refugees be economic contributors: a personal perspective

MPhil in Development Studies student Matai Muon reflects on the barriers he encountered as a refugee in Kenya seeking education and employment, and argues new changes to the law there must be fully applied to enable others to fulfil their potential.

This story was originally published by The New Humanitarian.

Derya Ozkul
26 Jan, 2023

New technologies in migration and asylum governance: who benefits?

Use of new technologies across European immigration and asylum systems can expedite some decision-making processes, but also increase vulnerabilities for migrants, meaning new governance frameworks are...

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Diego Sánchez-Ancochea
19 Jan, 2023

What's next? ODID research on global issues: inequality

We're launching a new series of videos exploring the impact of the COVID pandemic and its aftermath on global issues, and how this is shaping research in development studies.

Sarah Rosenberg-Jansen
Joelle Hangi
David Kinzuzi 
15 Dec, 2022

Delivering humanitarian energy for people and the planet 

In the first post in a new blog mini-series highlighting how our alumni are researching and tackling climate change, we introduce a ground-breaking report that sheds valuable light on providing sustainable...

09 Dec, 2022

Adaptation strategies vs adaptive capacity – the difference is crucial to effective climate resilience policies 

The most effective way to foster resilience in the face of climate challenges is by supporting people’s capacity to adapt – rather than pushing specific adaptation strategies which dictate how people...

Adeel Malik
01 Dec, 2022

How special interest groups capture trade policy in Pakistan

New empirical research examining what drives trade protection in Pakistan finds that sectors with exposure to politically powerful businesses have disproportionately benefitted over the last 20 years,...

Protap Mukherjee
Renu Singh
24 Nov, 2022

What’s holding young women in India back? Closing the gender gap in accessing decent work

Gender inequality in employment has continued to increase in India, particularly for regular salaried employment, despite high economic growth and better access to education for girls over recent years....

John Gledhill
Allard Duursma
Christopher Shay 
17 Nov, 2022

Putting on a show can be revolutionary – here’s why

New research explores the role of performative arts and emotions in facilitating mass mobilisation for nonviolent resistance.

Myfanwy James
10 Nov, 2022

Humanitarian fables: morals, meanings and consequences for humanitarian practice

What do fables have to do with understanding structures of inequality in humanitarian aid? Research in Democratic Republic of the Congo shows how personal stories become fables in humanitarian organisations...

Diego Sánchez-Ancochea
03 Nov, 2022

The ODID Blog: a springboard for ideas

Head of Department Professor Diego Sánchez-Ancochea introduces the ODID Blog – a platform to showcase our work, inform policy, explore collaboration and prompt debate around sustainable and equitable...