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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Constitutions of citizenship in the post-colonial context: The spatial and political legacies of b...
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Producing Material and Consuming Immaterial Diets: A socio-historical study of food delivery work...
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Indigenous sovereignties: a study of political plurality in Ecuadorian Amazonia
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Gendered violence and urban transformation in India and South Africa
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'USMCA: Mexico’s integrationist development strategy 25 years on'
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'USMCA: Mexico’s integrationist development strategy 25 years on'
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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
26 Jun, 2017
New book - Police in Africa: The Street Level View, co-edited by Olly Owen
16 Jun, 2017
New ODS special issue celebrates work of Valpy FitzGerald
08 Jun, 2017
ODID DPhil co-convenes workshop on the Karen in transition
05 Jun, 2017
New article by Robtel Neajai Pailey on Liberia's 2014/15 Ebola outbreak
23 May, 2017
New article by Joerg Friedrichs examines Sino-Muslim relations
04 May, 2017
New article by Robtel Neajai Pailey looks ahead to Liberia's 2017 election

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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
27 May, 2017
'What Explains the Mercurial Rise of Jeremy Corbyn, an "Outsider", in the UK Polls?'. Pratim Ghosal writes for The Wire
04 May, 2017
'Fork in the River'. MPhil Gus Greenstein writes for Roads & Kingdoms/Slate on how dams are redefining life in the Mekong River basin
31 Mar, 2017
'It is part of a larger narrative of targeting certain kinds of informality and illegality that invariably affect the poorest, the minorities and other vulnerable communities'. Nikita Sud quoted by Reuters on closure of abbatoirs in India
27 Mar, 2017
'llegality vs informality: what the crackdown on slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh is really about'. Nikita Sud writes about the politics of food in India's most populous state for scroll.in
17 Mar, 2017
‘Forest life was absolutely beautiful. Lots of walking, hunting, gathering fruit and living with nature'. Laura Rival interviewed about living with the Huaorani people of Ecuador in Blueprint magazine

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