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

12 Jun, 2012
Nikita Sud Publishes New Book on Liberalization and Hindu Nationalism in Gujarat
14 May, 2012
Corneliu Bjola Discusses Use of Illegitimate Force in Interview with Global Policy
11 Apr, 2012
New CRISE Book: The Developmental Challenges of Mining and Oil
16 Mar, 2012
Two New Books by Masooda Bano: The Rational Believer and Breakdown in Pakistan
06 Mar, 2012
Book Launch: Women, Leadership and Mosques Edited by Masooda Bano and Hilary Kalmbach
17 Feb, 2012
MSc Student Gets Pulitzer Grant to Interview Artists and Musicians in Post-revolutionary Egypt
17 Jan, 2012
DPhil Student Helps Make Documentary on Trash in Cairo
16 Nov, 2011
New Special Issue on the Role of Religion in the Making of a Region
14 Nov, 2011
New CRISE Book on Collective Political Violence Published
11 Nov, 2011
Masooda Bano's Work on Radicalisation Features in ESRC Video