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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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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Trade unions and collective bargaining in urban labour markets: the case of West Bengal
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'The law is just background noise': the politics of land governance in urban Pakistan...
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Economic informalisation and democratisation in Zimbabwe (provisional)
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Nikita Sud
Associate Professor of Development Studies
Biruk Terrefe
Research Student
Rosemary Thorp
Reader Emeritus in Development Economics
Susanne Verheul
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Katie Washington
Research Student
Daria Zelenova
Research Officer, Global Soldiers in the Cold War: Making Southern Africa’s Liberation Armies

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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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