Political Change, Conflict and the Environment

Research on development requires a critical approach to the state and dominant institutions, focussing on how power is created and exercised, and the resistance of excluded groups. This essential political process involves conflict as much as cooperation, where security (and insecurity), historical identity, urban transformation and environmental sustainability are central issues.

Our research in this area is characterised by strong disciplinary roots in history, politics and anthropology; an interdisciplinary empirical research methodology; and primary fieldwork.

Work in this theme is mainly conducted by individual faculty members with their research students and post-doctoral fellows. Between 2003 and 2010 the DfID-funded Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE) built on pioneering work in the department during the 1990s on the relationship between war and underdevelopment.

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Photo: Sarah Smierciak, MPhil in Development Studies 2012-14

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Changing Structures of Islamic Authority
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Understanding radicalisation: informing Nigerian policy towards Boko Haram
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A history of political imprisonment in Zimbabwe, 1959-2011
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Explaining changes in Palestinian and Israeli opinions towards a peace settlement
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Market power: traders, farmers, and the politics of class-making in Pakistani Punjab
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Muslim minorities in a post-Western world
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Reasoning with rebels: how the private authority in rebel enclaves impacts the peace process
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India's enterprise culture: social and political implications beyond the economy
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New cultures of work in contemporary India
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Aisha Ahmad
Research Student
Jocelyn Alexander
Professor of Commonwealth Studies
Asha Amirali
Research Student
Masooda Bano
Professor of Development Studies
Lennart Bolliger
Research Student
Lise Cazzoli
Research Student (PRS)
Arnold Chamunogwa
Research Student
Simukai Chigudu
Associate Professor of African Politics
Noele Crossley
Departmental Lecturer in Global Governance

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11 Sep, 2019
ODID alumnus Mark Gilks publishes MSc thesis on the nexus between Islamophobia and security
19 Aug, 2019
Geoff Goodwin to co-convene conference on Latin American infrastructure
31 Jul, 2019
Jocelyn Alexander wins Leverhulme grant for project on Cold War-era ‘global soldiers’
28 Jun, 2019
New article by Geoff Goodwin explores history and impact of coproduction
12 Jun, 2019
New article co-authored by Santiago Izquierdo Tort explores decision-making, land management in PES programmes
26 Apr, 2019
New book co-authored by Zaad Mahmood offers new insight into collective bargaining in India
24 Apr, 2019
New article collection introduced by John Gledhill and Jonathan Bright explores ‘state of the discipline’ of peace and conflict studies
10 Apr, 2019
New book by Annette Idler explores dynamics of violent non-state groups in borderlands
03 Apr, 2019
New article by Joerg Friedrichs seeks to explain China's popularity in Middle East and Africa
21 Mar, 2019
Geoff Goodwin wins BA/Leverhulme grant for water research in Colombia and Peru

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06 Sep, 2019
'Fear and loathing under Modi’s second term'. Nikita Sud quoted in The Monitor
04 Aug, 2019
'What are you going to do at the policy and the practical level to ensure that there is some sort of making amends?'. Robtel Neajai Pailey comments on Ghana's commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the slave trade in the US as guest on BBC's Weekend
19 Jul, 2019
'Sorrows of the soil'. Nikita Sud's Lives of Land project features in the Hindu Business Line
11 Jun, 2019
'How to truly decolonise the study of Africa'. Robtel Neajai Pailey writes for Al Jazeera
07 Jun, 2019
'It's not just about the leadership of Weah, it's about the entire governance ecosystem'. Robtel Neajai Pailey speaks to Al Jazeera television about mass protests in Liberia
24 May, 2019
'What Narendra Modi’s landslide victory means for India'. Nikita Sud takes part in the Anthill's India Tomorrow podcast series, summing up the 2019 elections
23 May, 2019
'India nationalism - are minorities under threat?'. Nikita Sud takes part in roundtable discussion for TRTWorld
17 May, 2019
'Work undone: How India fails its young job seekers'. DPhil Deepa Kurup writes for Al Jazeera English
19 Apr, 2019
'India elections: Will farm crisis be PM Narendra Modi's undoing?'. DPhil Deepa Kurup writes for Al Jazeera English
14 Apr, 2019
The Indian elections. Amogh Sharma speaks to BBC Radio Derby about trust in the electoral process, differences in the parties' manifestos and the role of the Indian diaspora

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