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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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
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
20 Mar, 2019
DPhil Sa’eed Husaini co-authors new Oxford Dictionary of African Politics
27 Feb, 2019
New article co-authored by John Gledhill examines links between regime type and involvement in UN peacekeeping
20 Feb, 2019
New ESRC-funded project to explore what happens to countries after peacekeepers leave
07 Feb, 2019
Jocelyn Alexander, Simukai Chigudu give evidence to UK parliament committee on Zimbabwe crisis
30 Jan, 2019
New article by Jocelyn Alexander explores state authority, citizenship and writing in Southern Rhodesia
30 Jan, 2019
Geoff Goodwin to convene panel at 2019 BISA conference

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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
29 Mar, 2019
'Choking a lifeline'. DPhil Deepa Kurup writes for Frontline magazine about how India's MGNREGS employment guarantee scheme is being undermined
29 Jan, 2019
'The struggles for Liberian citizenship'. Robtel Neajai Pailey writes for Al Jazeera English
25 Jan, 2019
'The many lives of land in India'. Nikita Sud writes for Thompson Reuters Foundation's 'place'
17 Jan, 2019
'#ZimbabweShutdown and ZANU(PF)’s neo-liberal turn (… again)'. Dan Hodgkinson writes for Africa is a Country
08 Jan, 2019
'Why We Need to Re-Think Our Relationship With Land, in Chhattisgarh and Beyond'. Nikita Sud writes for the Wire
19 Dec, 2018
'Fighting corruption early for the good of the country'. Robtel Neajai Pailey interviewed in Free Malaysia Today

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