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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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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Supporting police reform in Nigeria: learning from officers on the ground
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An interrogation of public authority and tenure security in fast track resettlement farms in Zimba...
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Mohsen Gul
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Robert Hortle
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Marc Howard
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Santiago Izquierdo Tort
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Garima Jaju
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Myfanwy James
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Shivangi Kaushik
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Ian Madison
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Zaad Mahmood
Departmental Lecturer in South Asian Development and Politics

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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
18 Jun, 2018
BBC Radio 3 features Laura Rival describing her time living with Huaorani
23 May, 2018
Simukai Chigudu appointed Associate Professor of African Politics
10 May, 2018
Nikita Sud to deliver keynote at Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies conference
02 May, 2018
Survey to explore sources of religious influence among Muslim university students in UK, US
28 Mar, 2018
New article by DPhil Matthew Willner-Reid explores dangers for multilateralism posed by referendums
15 Mar, 2018
New Book edited by Raufu Mustapha and David Ehrhardt: Creed and Grievance

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20 Apr, 2018
'In India the female body is a territorial and political battleground'. Nikita Sud writes for The Wire on the Kathua rape and murder case
10 Apr, 2018
'Votes for Women: the Global Story'. Nikita Sud takes part in The Forum on BBC World Service
19 Feb, 2018
'Fifteen Years Since Muthanga, Promise of Land to Kerala’s Adivasis Remains Unfulfilled'. Sudheesh RC writes for the Wire
15 Feb, 2018
'Iran and India walk diplomatic tightrope between China and Israel'. Nikita Sud interviewed by Radio France International
05 Feb, 2018
'Colombia’s long-hidden wonders open up after years of violence'. Felipe Roa-Clavijo writes for the Independent
19 Dec, 2017
'There are chinks in the armour and the Congress for the first time is beginning to see some light through those chinks'. Nikita Sud comments on results of legislative elections in Gujarat for WION TV
11 Dec, 2017
'Women are half of society, so focusing on them is critical'. Nikita Sud quoted in Bloomberg article on attempts by Indian leader Narendra Modi to target women voters
04 May, 2017
'Fork in the River'. MPhil Gus Greenstein writes for Roads & Kingdoms/Slate on how dams are redefining life in the Mekong River basin
31 Mar, 2017
'It is part of a larger narrative of targeting certain kinds of informality and illegality that invariably affect the poorest, the minorities and other vulnerable communities'. Nikita Sud quoted by Reuters on closure of abbatoirs in India
27 Mar, 2017
'llegality vs informality: what the crackdown on slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh is really about'. Nikita Sud writes about the politics of food in India's most populous state for scroll.in

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