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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Laura Rival
Professor of Anthropology of Development
Diego Sánchez-Ancochea
Professor of the Political Economy of Development and Head of Department
Amogh Sharma
Research Student
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
Daria Zelenova
Research Officer, Global Soldiers in the Cold War: Making Southern Africa’s Liberation Armies

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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
22 Jan, 2019
New article by Simukai Chigudu explores state-society relations and Zimbabwe's 2008/9 cholera outbreak
21 Jan, 2019
Former DPhil Matthew Willner-Reid co-edits SI on politics of development in Afghanistan
05 Dec, 2018
CSIA conference explores future of Salafism
21 Nov, 2018
Nikita Sud wins GCRF grant to explore land use and land sharing in India

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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
17 May, 2019
'Work undone: How India fails its young job seekers'. DPhil Deepa Kurup writes for Al Jazeera English
30 Apr, 2019
'Wenn China in Afrika eine Bahn baut'. DPhil Biruk Terrefe is interviewed on Swiss Radio about infrastructure development, urbanisation and Industrialisation in Ethiopia
19 Apr, 2019
'India elections: Will farm crisis be PM Narendra Modi's undoing?'. DPhil Deepa Kurup writes for Al Jazeera English
14 Apr, 2019
The Indian elections. Amogh Sharma speaks to BBC Radio Derby about trust in the electoral process, differences in the parties' manifestos and the role of the Indian diaspora
29 Mar, 2019
'Choking a lifeline'. DPhil Deepa Kurup writes for Frontline magazine about how India's MGNREGS employment guarantee scheme is being undermined

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