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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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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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
22 Jan, 2019
New article by Simukai Chigudu explores state-society relations and Zimbabwe's 2008/9 cholera outbreak
21 Jan, 2019
Former DPhil Matthew Willner-Reid co-edits SI on politics of development in Afghanistan
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

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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
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

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