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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Kristina Pikovskaia
Research Student
Carlos Quembo
Research Student
Laura Rival
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Development
Felipe Roa-Clavijo
Research Student
Amogh Sharma
Research Student
James Simpson
Research Student
Frances Stewart
Professor Emeritus of Development Economics
Nikita Sud
Associate Professor of Development Studies
Rosemary Thorp
Reader Emeritus in Development Economics

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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
07 Mar, 2018
New article co-authored by John Gledhill maps divisions in peace and conflict studies
12 Jan, 2018
New article by Joerg Friedrichs explores security challenges of managing transnational bonds
19 Dec, 2017
Nikita Sud comments on Gujarat election results and implications for Modi's BJP
10 Oct, 2017
Female Islamic Education Movements: new book by Masooda Bano
21 Sep, 2017
Nikita Sud to feature in Curiosity Carnival with children's story about land
10 Jul, 2017
ODID researchers win Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships
26 Jun, 2017
New book - Police in Africa: The Street Level View, co-edited by Olly Owen
16 Jun, 2017
New ODS special issue celebrates work of Valpy FitzGerald

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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
07 Feb, 2017
'What is at stake for Latin America today?'. Diego Sanchez Ancochea contributes to an expert panel for the Guardian
02 Feb, 2017
'To many ... Modi followers, these NGOs are simply anti-national'. Nikita Sud comments in Daily Mail on Narendra Modi's moves against foreign NGOs
17 Jan, 2017
'The new superpowers in the global land grab and how they operate'. Nikita Sud writes for The Conversation
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

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