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

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NGO advocacy and the struggle for representation: mining, conflict and performance in the Peruvian...
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Frontiers of urban survival: everyday corruption and precarious existence in Lagos
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Redesigning food systems: transformative social innovation in Mexico and Guatemala
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'Peasantarianisation' of the undesired urban: the role of the discourse in the implement...
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Apartheid’s African soldiers: a history of black Namibians and Angolans in South Africa’s former s...
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Beyond greed and grievance: investigating the multi-causal factors of the Niger Delta conflicts...
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Rethinking rural development: negotiation in agricultural and food systems
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The risk crucible: managing multiple insecurities in the western Sahel
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Marked out: histories of student protest in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, 1957 to now
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Ian Madison
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Sana Moyeen
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Asa Mudzimu
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Kristina Pikovskaia
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Carlos Quembo
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Laura Rival
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Development
Felipe Roa-Clavijo
Researcher and Global Policy Network Lead
Amogh Sharma
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Frances Stewart
Professor Emeritus of Development Economics

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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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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
17 Mar, 2017
‘Forest life was absolutely beautiful. Lots of walking, hunting, gathering fruit and living with nature'. Laura Rival interviewed about living with the Huaorani people of Ecuador in Blueprint magazine
23 Feb, 2017
'He will run and will probably win and some time after 2018 he will probably begin to reveal his hand'. Miles Tendi interviewed on Global Journalist about Robert Mugabe's future

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