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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Structural constraints to public goods provision in Punjab
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Agroecological practices and the redesign of agrifood systems
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Valuing nature in developing countries
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The changing face of internal circular migration in Bihar, India
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Liberalisation, Hindu nationalism and the state
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Religion in the making of a region
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Landscapes of liberalisation
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UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and (in)Security: addressing sexual violence a...
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Living with violence: institutions, networks and social processes
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Julie Dayot
Research Student
Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy
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Arndt Emmerich
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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
Nandini Gooptu
Associate Professor of South Asian Studies

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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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