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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Liberalisation, Hindu nationalism and the state
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Religion in the making of a region
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Landscapes of liberalisation
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UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and (in)Security: addressing sexual violence a...
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Living with violence: institutions, networks and social processes
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Bridging the gap between Payments for Environmental Services and Conditional Cash Transfers in the...
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Illicit orders in global governance: the institutionalization of authority in territories of limit...
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Non-state actors and state building in divided societies: the case of Libya (1939-1970)
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The political economy of economic diversification in Nigeria
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Simukai Chigudu
Associate Professor of African Politics
Julie Dayot
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Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy
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Solange Fontana
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Jörg Friedrichs
Associate Professor of Politics
Pratim Ghosal
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Kieran Gilfoy
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John Gledhill
Associate Professor of Global Governance
Nandini Gooptu
Associate Professor of South Asian Studies

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19 Jan, 2021
New article by David Jackman explores role of student movements in Bangladesh
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12 Jan, 2021
New book by Diego Sánchez-Ancochea explores inequality in Latin America
10 Dec, 2020
New article by Susanne Verheul analyses 'sensory politics' of courts in Zimbabwe
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30 Nov, 2020
New book by Jessie Barton-Hronešová explores redress for victims of Bosnian war
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30 Jul, 2020
New article co-authored by Jocelyn Alexander explores training of Southern African liberation movements
14 Jul, 2020
New book by Christopher Lilyblad on illicit social order
08 Jul, 2020
New article by Nikita Sud explores 'unfixity' of land in Indian SEZ
08 Jul, 2020
New article by Geoff Goodwin examines relationship between land markets and indigenous peoples in Ecuador
19 May, 2020
New article co-authored by DPhil Biruk Terrefe explores governance of transport infrastructure interfaces
01 May, 2020
Laura Rival and colleagues investigate impact of COVID-19 on indigenous peoples in Amazon

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28 Jan, 2021
'We have to learn to see land with a more nuanced lens'. Nikita Sud speaks to Firstpost about her new book
16 Jan, 2021
'Billionaires-Led ‘Gilded Age’ Comes Under Attack in Modi’s India'. Nikita Sud cited in Bloomberg article on farmer protests in India
06 Jan, 2021
'What will it take to end Indian farmers' protests?'. Nikita Sud speaks to Al Jazeera's Inside Story about continuing protests against deregulation of India's agriculture sector
03 Dec, 2020
How will Indian PM Narendra Modi deal with angry farmers?. Nikita Sud spoke to Al Jazeera's Inside Story about farmer protests in India
01 Oct, 2020
'Why are they going after Bollywood?'. Nikita Sud writes for scroll.in on authoritarian populist politics in India and its entanglement with the Bollywood film industry
17 Aug, 2020
'Employee surveillance tools emerge as a serious side effect of COVID-19'. Ivan Manokha is interviewed by CTECH about the implications of increased worker tracking due to home working
27 Jul, 2020
'Digital diplomacy in the era of coronavirus pandemic'. Corneliu Bjola cited in article for The Guardian Nigeria covering Israeli-organised Digital Diplomacy Summit
24 Jul, 2020
'The UK’s Huawei decision is emblematic of the new tech Cold War'. Corneliu Bjola quoted in New Statesman Tech
24 Jul, 2020
'COVID-19: an existential threat for Indigenous peoples of the Amazon'. Our DPhil Theodor Borrmann writes for PreventionWeb about the devastating impact of the pandemic in the Amazon basin, where it has amplified structural problems and is threatening to destroy whole peoples and communities.
23 Jun, 2020
'Megaprojects in Addis Ababa raise questions about spatial justice'. DPhil Biruk Terrefe writes for the Conversation

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