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
28 Apr, 2017
New article by John Gledhill explores variation in violent conflict after collapse of state capacity
10 Apr, 2017
ODID presenting at 2017 Political Studies Association Annual Conference
03 Feb, 2017
New special issue offers transnational perspectives on southern Africa’s liberation movements
08 Jan, 2017
ODID welcomes new ESRC Global Challenges fellow Elizabeth Rahman
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

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17 Mar, 2017
'Understanding the "RSS-BJP System" Gives the Opposition Ways to Counter it'. Pratim Ghosal writes for The Wire
23 Feb, 2017
'He will run and will probably win and some time after 2018 he will probably begin to reveal his hand'. Miles Tendi interviewed on Global Journalist about Robert Mugabe's future
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

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