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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Studying conflict and studying peace: one and the same?
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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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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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05 Dec, 2018
CSIA conference explores future of Salafism
21 Nov, 2018
Nikita Sud wins GCRF grant to explore land use and land sharing in India
15 Nov, 2018
Nikita Sud presents on Indian democracy at FCO South Asia study day
01 Nov, 2018
New article by John Gledhill analyses 'opportunities' as driver of armed conflict
12 Oct, 2018
New book by alumnus Rajesh Venugopal: Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka
20 Sep, 2018
New book by Joerg Friedrichs explores India’s approach to Hindu-Muslim relations
17 Sep, 2018
Simukai Chigudu wins Audrey Richards Prize for best African Studies doctoral thesis
01 Aug, 2018
New book by alumna Luisa Enria: The Politics of Work in a Post-Conflict State
31 Jul, 2018
Song based on Robtel Neajai Pailey’s new anti-corruption book released in Liberia
05 Jul, 2018
New article by Masooda Bano explores religiosity and female empowerment in Pakistan and Nigeria

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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
26 Nov, 2018
'The Failed National Improvement Scheme That Was Demonetisation'. Nikita Sud writes for the Wire
03 Sep, 2018
'Simukai Chigudu: The politics of epidemics'. Simukai Chigudu interviewed by the British Medical Journal
18 Aug, 2018
'The "Laboratory of Hindutva" Began Experimenting During Vajpayee's Reign'. Nikita Sud writes for the Wire
29 May, 2018
'India to Intensify Scrutiny of Citizens' Social Media, Emails'. Nikita Sud cited in Bloomberg article
26 May, 2018
'Modi gets good grades from economists for 4 years of reforms'. Nikita Sud comments on Modi's performance in Asia Nikkei
15 May, 2018
Karnataka alliance politics: Congress makes alliance offer to JDS. Nikita Sud comments on elections in southern Indian state of Karnataka
22 Apr, 2018
'If the "Sufi saint" supports a particular electoral candidate he's got thousands of votes in his pocket already'. Adeel Malik interviewed on BBC Radio 4's ‘Sunday’ programme about elections in Pakistan and the role of 'pirs', holy men claiming descent from Sufi saints.

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