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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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
31 Jul, 2018
Song based on Robtel Neajai Pailey’s new anti-corruption book released in Liberia
05 Jul, 2018
New article by Masooda Bano explores religiosity and female empowerment in Pakistan and Nigeria
18 Jun, 2018
BBC Radio 3 features Laura Rival describing her time living with Huaorani
23 May, 2018
Simukai Chigudu appointed Associate Professor of African Politics

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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
26 Nov, 2018
'The Failed National Improvement Scheme That Was Demonetisation'. Nikita Sud writes for the Wire
03 Sep, 2018
'Simukai Chigudu: The politics of epidemics'. Simukai Chigudu interviewed by the British Medical Journal
18 Aug, 2018
'The "Laboratory of Hindutva" Began Experimenting During Vajpayee's Reign'. Nikita Sud writes for the Wire
29 May, 2018
'India to Intensify Scrutiny of Citizens' Social Media, Emails'. Nikita Sud cited in Bloomberg article
26 May, 2018
'Modi gets good grades from economists for 4 years of reforms'. Nikita Sud comments on Modi's performance in Asia Nikkei

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