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.

Woman waving a flag during demonstrations in Egypt

Photo: Sarah Smierciak, MPhil in Development Studies 2012-14

In the media
14 May, 2014
Raufu Mustapha Interviewed on Radio 4 on Boko Haram Kidnapping
13 May, 2014
Indian Elections: A Roundup of Commentary by ODID Specialists
12 May, 2014
ODID DPhil Student Susanne Verheul Wins 2014 Terence Ranger Prize for JSAS Article
09 May, 2014
Indrajit Roy Examines Benefits of Proportional Representation in Indian Elections in Article for The Hindu
25 Apr, 2014
Indrajit Roy Writes for Hindustan Times on Secularism and the Indian Election
11 Mar, 2014
Alexandra Bridges Wins MPhil Photo Competition for Picture of Zimbabwe Rally
26 Feb, 2014
Miles Tendi Interviewed on Al Jazeera about Economic Situation in Zimbabwe
20 Feb, 2014
Indrajit Roy Wins Award from IGC for Project on Internal Circular Migration in Bihar, India
12 Feb, 2014
Miles Tendi Writes for Guardian on Possible UK Boycott of EU-Africa Summit over Mugabe
10 Feb, 2014
Oliver Owen Wins ESRC KE Fellowship for Research With Nigerian Police


29 Nov, 2013
'Non-citizens are effectively being punished twice for crimes'. Matthew Gibney comments on deportation of boat race protestor for ABC news
14 Nov, 2013
'Theresa May must not further erode Britons' rights to citizenship'. Matthew Gibney writes for the Guardian
03 Jun, 2013
'The young women... have heightened expectations but no means to actualise those expectations'. Masooda Bano discusses her research on a BBC The Forum show on 'Curiosity'
03 Apr, 2013
'Cutting climate change education is a mistake, says Imperial researcher'. Sarah Lester writes for Imperial College London blog
19 Mar, 2013
'Why it's a mistake to trim climate change from the curriculum'. Sarah Lester writes for the Independent
29 Jun, 2012
'Animated debate between academics contributes to rigorous research on climate change'. Neil Hirst and Sarah Lester write for LSE Policy Blog