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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Post-conflict transition in Burundi
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Between planetary urbanisation and thinking forests: a study of socio-ecological change in the Ecu...
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Development outcomes in hybrid regimes
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Karen knowledge networks and transitional civil society on the Burma/Thailand border
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Intangibility of land as an asset to farmers in the future urbanization of India: the case of Dhol...
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Sharia implementation in northern Nigeria after 15 years
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Politics of citizenship and settlement in Ahmedabad in the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots in...
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Monitoring Marange: human rights surveillance, the Kimberley Process, and Zimbabwe’s blood diamond...
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Electoral integrity: sub-national India
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Nikita Sud
Associate Professor of Development Studies
Rosemary Thorp
Reader Emeritus in Development Economics
Susanne Verheul
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Katie Washington
Research Student

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23 May, 2017
New article by Joerg Friedrichs examines Sino-Muslim relations
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

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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
23 Sep, 2016
'After a lifetime of conflict, we Colombians have a chance to vote for peace'. DPhil Felipe Roa-Clavijo writes for The Conversation
07 Sep, 2016
'Why unemployed graduates will ignore Zimbabwe’s ban on protests'. DPhil Dan Hodgkinson writes for The Conversation
28 Aug, 2016
Richard Dolan comments on 21st Century Panglong Conference for Agence France-Presse.
23 Aug, 2016
'Angola's adoption of social media legislation "may set dangerous precedent for Zimbabwe"'. Miles Tendi interviewed by International Business Times
09 Aug, 2016
'Gujarat: The Azadi Kooch March and Land Reform'. Nikita Sud's research on land cited in Sabrangindia.in

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