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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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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Bridging the gap between Payments for Environmental Services and Conditional Cash Transfers in the...
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Illicit orders in global governance: the institutionalization of authority in territories of limit...
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Managing societal threats in the digital age: the case of propaganda and violent extremism
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Non-state actors and state building in divided societies: the case of Libya (1939-1970)
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The political economy of economic diversification in Nigeria
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Valuation struggles in the Ecuadorian Amazon
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‘State of Emergency’: The politics of Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak, 2008-2009
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Garima Jaju
Research Student
Myfanwy James
Research Student (PRS)
Ian Madison
Research Student
Zaad Mahmood
Departmental Lecturer in South Asian Development and Politics
Abdul Raufu Mustapha
Associate Professor of African Politics
Oliver Owen
ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow
Kristina Pikovskaia
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Kirsten Pontalti
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Carlos Quembo
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04 May, 2017
New article by Robtel Neajai Pailey looks ahead to Liberia's 2017 election
28 Apr, 2017
New article by John Gledhill explores variation in violent conflict after collapse of state capacity
10 Apr, 2017
ODID presenting at 2017 Political Studies Association Annual Conference
03 Feb, 2017
New special issue offers transnational perspectives on southern Africa’s liberation movements
08 Jan, 2017
ODID welcomes new ESRC Global Challenges fellow Elizabeth Rahman
07 Nov, 2016
Nikita Sud’s caution on post-Brexit trade with India widely cited in media amid May visit to Delhi
23 Jun, 2016
New article by Nikita Sud explores state, scale and networks through land in India
11 May, 2016
Huaorani Transformations in Twenty-First-Century Ecuador: new book by Laura Rival
23 Nov, 2015
New CRISE Working Paper Develops Index of Social Cohesion for 19 African Countries
22 Sep, 2015
Former ODID DPhil Annette Idler Awarded 2015 CRS Cedric Smith Prize

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17 Jan, 2017
'Africa’s lessons for Trump’s America'. Read first of Robtel Neajai Pailey's new columns for New African Magazine
02 Jan, 2017
The performance of Indian states in electoral integrity. Zaad Mahmood writes for the Electoral Integrity Project blog
25 Dec, 2016
'What a Gujarat Don’s Story Tells Us About the Spirit of the State'. Nikita Sud writes for The Wire
02 Dec, 2016
'Trump and Modi: birds of the same feather, but with different world views'. Indrajit Roy writes for The Conversation
21 Nov, 2016
'¿Cuál será el impacto real de Trump en América Latina?'. Diego Sánchez-Ancochea writes for Agenda Publica
08 Nov, 2016
'Why Indians aren’t impressed with Theresa May’s business offer'. Nikita Sud writes for The Conversation
04 Nov, 2016
‘India does not owe a friendly relationship to the UK because of colonialism'. Nikita Sud quoted extensively in Daily Mail
27 Oct, 2016
'India’s slow-brewing political storm is steadily gathering strength'. Indrajit Roy writes for The Conversation
07 Oct, 2016
'Despite referendum failure, Colombia can still reach peace'. DPhil Felipe Roa-Clavijo writes for Positive.news
30 Sep, 2016
'How to deal with autocratic nations'. Robtel Neajai Pailey interviewed for Deutsche Welle

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