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.

Woman waving a flag during demonstrations in Egypt

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

In the media
Structural constraints to public goods provision in Punjab
The changing face of internal circular migration in Bihar, India
Liberalisation, Hindu nationalism and the state
Religion in the making of a region
Landscapes of liberalisation
UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and (in)Security: addressing sexual violence a...
Living with violence: institutions, networks and social processes
Bridging the gap between Payments for Environmental Services and Conditional Cash Transfers in the...
Illicit orders in global governance: the institutionalization of authority in territories of limit...


Noele Crossley
Departmental Lecturer in Global Governance
Julie Dayot
Research Student
Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy
Research Student
Arndt Emmerich
Research Student
Solange Fontana
Research Student
Jörg Friedrichs
Associate Professor of Politics
Kieran Gilfoy
Research Student
John Gledhill
Associate Professor of Global Governance
Geoff Goodwin
Departmental Lecturer in Development Studies


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
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


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
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