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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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
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

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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
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

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