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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Beyond greed and grievance: investigating the multi-causal factors of the Niger Delta conflicts...
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Rethinking rural development: negotiation in agricultural and food systems
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The risk crucible: managing multiple insecurities in the western Sahel
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Marked out: histories of student protest in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, 1957 to now
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Post-conflict transition in Burundi
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Development outcomes in hybrid regimes
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Karen knowledge networks and transitional civil society on the Burma/Thailand border
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Intangibility of land as an asset to farmers in the future urbanization of India: the case of Dhol...
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Sharia implementation in northern Nigeria after 15 years
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Shivangi Kaushik
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Simiran Lalvani
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Francesca Lessa
Departmental Lecturer in Latin American Studies and Development
Ian Madison
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Ivan Manokha
Departmental Lecturer in International Political Economy
Sana Moyeen
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Asa Mudzimu
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Kristina Pikovskaia
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Carlos Quembo
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11 Sep, 2019
ODID alumnus Mark Gilks publishes MSc thesis on the nexus between Islamophobia and security
19 Aug, 2019
Geoff Goodwin to co-convene conference on Latin American infrastructure
31 Jul, 2019
Jocelyn Alexander wins Leverhulme grant for project on Cold War-era ‘global soldiers’
28 Jun, 2019
New article by Geoff Goodwin explores history and impact of coproduction
12 Jun, 2019
New article co-authored by Santiago Izquierdo Tort explores decision-making, land management in PES programmes
26 Apr, 2019
New book co-authored by Zaad Mahmood offers new insight into collective bargaining in India
24 Apr, 2019
New article collection introduced by John Gledhill and Jonathan Bright explores ‘state of the discipline’ of peace and conflict studies
10 Apr, 2019
New book by Annette Idler explores dynamics of violent non-state groups in borderlands
03 Apr, 2019
New article by Joerg Friedrichs seeks to explain China's popularity in Middle East and Africa
21 Mar, 2019
Geoff Goodwin wins BA/Leverhulme grant for water research in Colombia and Peru

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10 Jan, 2020
'In India, a more repressive and ham-fisted regime has shown every sign of buckling down on protests'. Nikita Sud quoted in Bloomberg article on the differing US responses to the quelling of protests in India and China
08 Jan, 2020
'Textbook authoritarianism Is playing out in India'. Nikita Sud writes on the limits to India's authoritarian turn under Modi for the Wire
10 Dec, 2019
'Balkan authoritarian leaders benefit from problems in the EU'. Jessie Barton Hronešová interviewed by Radio Free Europe
06 Dec, 2019
'Secularism under siege'. Joerg Friedrichs writes for Madras Courier
22 Nov, 2019
'Humans shape nature – but nature shapes us too'. Nikita Sud writes about her research on land for The Conversation
07 Nov, 2019
'In India, gods "flex their muscles" over scarce land'. Nikita Sud comments for Reuters on a legal case in India regarding land claimed by temples
16 Oct, 2019
'The roll-out of big infrastructure that essentially still ignores existing plans ... and blindsides city administration officials sets a dangerous precedent'. DPhil Biruk Terrefe is quoted in the Guardian about urbanisation dynamics in Addis Ababa
11 Oct, 2019
'Addis Ababa is a city that has constant electricity and water problems, that doesn’t have efficient public transportation... There are a lot of other things this city needs'. DPhil Biruk Terrefe is interviewed by the Washington Post about Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Unity Park palace renovation
08 Oct, 2019
'Modi's mega-rallies; political spectacle for the Indian diaspora'. Nikita Sud contributes to Al Jazeera's 'The Listening Post'
08 Oct, 2019
'Facial analysis AI is being used in job interviews – it will probably reinforce inequality'. Ivan Manokha writes for The Conversation

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