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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In the media
07 Nov, 2016
Nikita Sud’s caution on post-Brexit trade with India widely cited in media amid May visit to Delhi
23 Jun, 2016
New article by Nikita Sud explores state, scale and networks through land in India
11 May, 2016
Huaorani Transformations in Twenty-First-Century Ecuador: new book by Laura Rival
23 Nov, 2015
New CRISE Working Paper Develops Index of Social Cohesion for 19 African Countries
22 Sep, 2015
Former ODID DPhil Annette Idler Awarded 2015 CRS Cedric Smith Prize
13 Aug, 2015
Film by ODID Researcher Tells Forgotten Story of How West African Soldiers Helped Secure Victory in Burma in WWII
17 Jul, 2015
ODID DPhils Present at 6th European Conference on African Studies 2015
08 Jul, 2015
Olly Owen Convenes Panel on Police and Military at ECAS 2015
29 Jun, 2015
Filling Pails, Lighting Fires: Social Order in Africa Workshop
25 Jun, 2015
Olly Owen Wins ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize for Work on Nigerian Police Force

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07 Feb, 2017
'What is at stake for Latin America today?'. Diego Sanchez Ancochea contributes to an expert panel for the Guardian
02 Feb, 2017
'To many ... Modi followers, these NGOs are simply anti-national'. Nikita Sud comments in Daily Mail on Narendra Modi's moves against foreign NGOs
17 Jan, 2017
'The new superpowers in the global land grab and how they operate'. Nikita Sud writes for The Conversation
17 Jan, 2017
'Africa’s lessons for Trump’s America'. Read first of Robtel Neajai Pailey's new columns for New African Magazine
02 Jan, 2017
The performance of Indian states in electoral integrity. Zaad Mahmood writes for the Electoral Integrity Project blog
25 Dec, 2016
'What a Gujarat Don’s Story Tells Us About the Spirit of the State'. Nikita Sud writes for The Wire
02 Dec, 2016
'Trump and Modi: birds of the same feather, but with different world views'. Indrajit Roy writes for The Conversation
21 Nov, 2016
'¿Cuál será el impacto real de Trump en América Latina?'. Diego Sánchez-Ancochea writes for Agenda Publica
08 Nov, 2016
'Why Indians aren’t impressed with Theresa May’s business offer'. Nikita Sud writes for The Conversation
04 Nov, 2016
‘India does not owe a friendly relationship to the UK because of colonialism'. Nikita Sud quoted extensively in Daily Mail

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