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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Politics of citizenship and settlement in Ahmedabad in the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots in...
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Monitoring Marange: human rights surveillance, the Kimberley Process, and Zimbabwe’s blood diamond...
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Electoral integrity: sub-national India
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Trade unions and collective bargaining in urban labour markets: the case of West Bengal
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'The law is just background noise': the politics of land governance in urban Pakistan...
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Economic informalisation and democratisation in Zimbabwe (provisional)
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The responsibility to protect: theorising consistency
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The political economy of water in the Andean region
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Frances Stewart
Professor Emeritus of Development Economics
Nikita Sud
Associate Professor of Development Studies
Biruk Terrefe
Research Student
Rosemary Thorp
Reader Emeritus in Development Economics
Katie Washington
Research Student
Anna Wilson
Research Officer, Formalisation within the mining sector in Peru
Daria Zelenova
Research Officer, Global Soldiers in the Cold War: Making Southern Africa’s Liberation Armies
Sibongile Zulu
Research Student

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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
20 Mar, 2019
DPhil Sa’eed Husaini co-authors new Oxford Dictionary of African Politics
27 Feb, 2019
New article co-authored by John Gledhill examines links between regime type and involvement in UN peacekeeping
20 Feb, 2019
New ESRC-funded project to explore what happens to countries after peacekeepers leave
07 Feb, 2019
Jocelyn Alexander, Simukai Chigudu give evidence to UK parliament committee on Zimbabwe crisis
30 Jan, 2019
New article by Jocelyn Alexander explores state authority, citizenship and writing in Southern Rhodesia
30 Jan, 2019
Geoff Goodwin to convene panel at 2019 BISA conference

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08 Oct, 2019
'Facial analysis AI is being used in job interviews – it will probably reinforce inequality'. Ivan Manokha writes for The Conversation
08 Oct, 2019
'Modi's mega-rallies; political spectacle for the Indian diaspora'. Nikita Sud contributes to Al Jazeera's 'The Listening Post'
06 Sep, 2019
'Fear and loathing under Modi’s second term'. Nikita Sud quoted in The Monitor
04 Aug, 2019
'What are you going to do at the policy and the practical level to ensure that there is some sort of making amends?'. Robtel Neajai Pailey comments on Ghana's commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the slave trade in the US as guest on BBC's Weekend
21 Jul, 2019
'En Ethiopie, La Gare sous les bulldozers'. DPhil Biruk Terrefe is quoted in Le Monde about urbanisation dynamics in Addis Ababa
19 Jul, 2019
'Sorrows of the soil'. Nikita Sud's Lives of Land project features in the Hindu Business Line
11 Jun, 2019
'How to truly decolonise the study of Africa'. Robtel Neajai Pailey writes for Al Jazeera
07 Jun, 2019
'It's not just about the leadership of Weah, it's about the entire governance ecosystem'. Robtel Neajai Pailey speaks to Al Jazeera television about mass protests in Liberia
24 May, 2019
'What Narendra Modi’s landslide victory means for India'. Nikita Sud takes part in the Anthill's India Tomorrow podcast series, summing up the 2019 elections
23 May, 2019
'India nationalism - are minorities under threat?'. Nikita Sud takes part in roundtable discussion for TRTWorld

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