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-human influences on the formation and transmission of environmental ethics in Amazonia
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Cities and dominance: urban strategies and struggles in authoritarian transitions
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Decolonising knowledge and pluralising science
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Redesigning agrifood systems
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Pathways to post-extractivism in Latin America
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Property inheritance, the state and class reproduction in Johannesburg, South Africa
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A party-state derailed: The techno-politics of infrastructure and bureaucracy in EPRDF’s Ethiopia...
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Fear-anger cycles: Governmental and populist politics of emotion
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Visions of Life: The Creation of Postcolonial Screen Cultures in Africa
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10 May, 2018
Nikita Sud to deliver keynote at Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies conference
02 May, 2018
Survey to explore sources of religious influence among Muslim university students in UK, US
28 Mar, 2018
New article by DPhil Matthew Willner-Reid explores dangers for multilateralism posed by referendums
15 Mar, 2018
New Book edited by Raufu Mustapha and David Ehrhardt: Creed and Grievance
07 Mar, 2018
New article co-authored by John Gledhill maps divisions in peace and conflict studies
12 Jan, 2018
New article by Joerg Friedrichs explores security challenges of managing transnational bonds
19 Dec, 2017
Nikita Sud comments on Gujarat election results and implications for Modi's BJP
10 Oct, 2017
Female Islamic Education Movements: new book by Masooda Bano
21 Sep, 2017
Nikita Sud to feature in Curiosity Carnival with children's story about land
10 Jul, 2017
ODID researchers win Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

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15 May, 2018
Karnataka alliance politics: Congress makes alliance offer to JDS. Nikita Sud comments on elections in southern Indian state of Karnataka
12 May, 2018
'It’s the physical manifestation of the country’s politics'. DPhil Biruk Terrefe is interviewed in the Guardian about the modernised Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway line
22 Apr, 2018
'If the "Sufi saint" supports a particular electoral candidate he's got thousands of votes in his pocket already'. Adeel Malik interviewed on BBC Radio 4's ‘Sunday’ programme about elections in Pakistan and the role of 'pirs', holy men claiming descent from Sufi saints.
20 Apr, 2018
'In India the female body is a territorial and political battleground'. Nikita Sud writes for The Wire on the Kathua rape and murder case
10 Apr, 2018
'Votes for Women: the Global Story'. Nikita Sud takes part in The Forum on BBC World Service
19 Feb, 2018
'Fifteen Years Since Muthanga, Promise of Land to Kerala’s Adivasis Remains Unfulfilled'. Sudheesh RC writes for the Wire
15 Feb, 2018
'Iran and India walk diplomatic tightrope between China and Israel'. Nikita Sud interviewed by Radio France International
05 Feb, 2018
'Colombia’s long-hidden wonders open up after years of violence'. Felipe Roa-Clavijo writes for the Independent
19 Dec, 2017
'There are chinks in the armour and the Congress for the first time is beginning to see some light through those chinks'. Nikita Sud comments on results of legislative elections in Gujarat for WION TV
11 Dec, 2017
'Women are half of society, so focusing on them is critical'. Nikita Sud quoted in Bloomberg article on attempts by Indian leader Narendra Modi to target women voters

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