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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Glee and grievance in nonviolent resistance
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Advising on the use of digital diplomacy
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Advising on the use of digital diplomacy
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Loss and access to healthcare for hurricane survivors
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After exit: assessing the consequences of United Nations peacekeeping withdrawal
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‘Doing politics’: exploring the professionalisation of politics in India
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Colonial biomedical infrastructures and the interpenetration of biomedical knowledge in northwest...
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Global soldiers in the Cold War: making Southern Africa’s liberation armies
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Politics of victimhood: compensation for war victims in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina
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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
15 Nov, 2018
Nikita Sud presents on Indian democracy at FCO South Asia study day
01 Nov, 2018
New article by John Gledhill analyses 'opportunities' as driver of armed conflict
12 Oct, 2018
New book by alumnus Rajesh Venugopal: Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka
20 Sep, 2018
New book by Joerg Friedrichs explores India’s approach to Hindu-Muslim relations
17 Sep, 2018
Simukai Chigudu wins Audrey Richards Prize for best African Studies doctoral thesis
01 Aug, 2018
New book by alumna Luisa Enria: The Politics of Work in a Post-Conflict State

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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
29 Jan, 2019
'The struggles for Liberian citizenship'. Robtel Neajai Pailey writes for Al Jazeera English
25 Jan, 2019
'The many lives of land in India'. Nikita Sud writes for Thompson Reuters Foundation's 'place'
17 Jan, 2019
'#ZimbabweShutdown and ZANU(PF)’s neo-liberal turn (… again)'. Dan Hodgkinson writes for Africa is a Country
08 Jan, 2019
'Why We Need to Re-Think Our Relationship With Land, in Chhattisgarh and Beyond'. Nikita Sud writes for the Wire
19 Dec, 2018
'Fighting corruption early for the good of the country'. Robtel Neajai Pailey interviewed in Free Malaysia Today

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