Political and International Dimensions of Development

Development, as managed change, is an inherently political process. The exercise of power and resistance to it are at the heart of that process. Research on development, therefore, requires a critical approach to the state and dominant institutions – local, national and international – and an analysis of how power is created and contested at multiple levels.

Our research is characterised by strong disciplinary roots in history, politics, political economy, anthropology and international relations; an interdisciplinary empirical research methodology; and primary fieldwork.

We have internationally recognised strength in regional specialisms and conduct deeply grounded study of particular areas of the global South (Africa, Latin America, South Asia), focussing on analysis from the vantage point of the disadvantaged, linking micro and macro politics.

Research on this theme addresses struggles over land and labour; the drivers and consequences of inequality in a comparative perspective; the environment and natural resources; indigenous communities; knowledge production; global health politics and epidemics; religious identity; urban politics; new forms of work; violence, gender and youth; state power, the law and political mobilisation; the long-term effects of armed struggle and liberation wars; conflict and international peace-keeping; and the politics of digital surveillance, international diplomacy and global cyber-terrorism.

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Understanding radicalisation: informing Nigerian policy towards Boko Haram
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A history of political imprisonment in Zimbabwe, 1959-2011
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Explaining changes in Palestinian and Israeli opinions towards a peace settlement
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Market power: traders, farmers, and the politics of class-making in Pakistani Punjab
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Reasoning with rebels: how the private authority in rebel enclaves impacts the peace process
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India's enterprise culture: social and political implications beyond the economy
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New cultures of work in contemporary India
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Structural constraints to public goods provision in Punjab
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The changing face of internal circular migration in Bihar, India
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Aisha Ahmad
Research Student
Jocelyn Alexander
Professor of Commonwealth Studies
Ludovic Arnaud
Research Student
Masooda Bano
Professor of Development Studies
Corneliu Bjola
Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies
Maxim Bolt
Associate Professor of Development Studies
Theodor Borrmann
Research Student
Lise Cazzoli
Research Student
Simukai Chigudu
Associate Professor of African Politics

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05 May, 2022
Francesca Lessa and project partners to develop new online resource on Operation Condor
04 Jan, 2022
Expert testimony from Francesca Lessa helps secure human rights verdict against Argentina
18 Nov, 2021
New book by alumna Susanne Verheul examines how power is enacted in Zimbabwe's courts
05 Nov, 2021
New book by alumnus Lennart Bolliger explores experiences of African soldiers who fought in apartheid security forces
25 Oct, 2021
David Jackman awarded Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship
06 Oct, 2021
Francesca Lessa highly commended in O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards
04 Oct, 2021
The Bodley Head buys rights to literary memoir by Simukai Chigudu
28 Sep, 2021
New book edited by Masooda Bano examines Salafi social and political movements
30 Jul, 2021
New article by Joerg Friedrichs explores majority-Muslim hate crimes in England
28 Jun, 2021
Simukai Chigudu wins 2021 APSA-IPSA Theodore J Lowi First Book Award

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19 Apr, 2022
‘As a Latin saying goes, I do not consider anything that is human as alien to me. Therefore, I start with an issue in the real world, and then study it by means of whichever method seems best’. Read Joerg Friedrichs talking about his work as a researcher and teacher in an interview for Chinese organisation Dialogue Programme
18 Feb, 2022
'Waste Beyond Management: Understanding the Waste Crisis at the Intersection of The Human and Non-Human Worlds'. Aparna Agarwal writes for Environmental History Now
21 Jan, 2022
'The Forum - Copper: from mining to microprocessors'. Nikita Sud takes part in BBC World Service panel
13 Sep, 2021
'In the Master’s Office black people step into the past'. Columnist Jonny Steinberg writes for Business Day about the findings of a recent article by Maxim Bolt
10 May, 2021
'He let his beard grow and ignored the warnings. Now the Indians are gasping for oxygen, and a new danger threatens'. Nikita Sud quoted in Denmark's Berlingske (in Danish)
30 Apr, 2021
'Global populism: Big promises, poor pandemic results'. Nikita Sud quoted by Christian Science Monitor
25 Apr, 2021
'World's Biggest Covid Crisis Threatens Modi's Grip on India'. Nikita Sud quoted in Bloomberg article
10 Apr, 2021
'Why the BJP’s rise in Bengal cannot be attributed to "subaltern Hindutva"'. DPhil Pratim Ghoshal writes for the Indian Express
10 Mar, 2021
'The age of agitation: African politics and the question of youth'. Dan Hodgkinson and co-authors introduce the first in a new blog series for African Arguments, which takes a generational perspective on social movements across Africa and asks, how are young people mobilising for political change?
03 Mar, 2021
'Latin America: inequality and political instability have lessons for the rest of the world'. Diego Sánchez-Ancochea writes for the Conversation about what one of the world's most unequal regions can tell us about the consequences of wealth concentration

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