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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The responsibility to protect: theorising consistency
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The political economy of water in the Andean region
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Glee and grievance in nonviolent resistance
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Journeys in dangerous waters: indigenous knowledge and climate adaptation in coastal areas
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After exit: assessing the consequences of United Nations peacekeeping withdrawal
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‘Doing politics’: exploring the professionalisation of politics in India
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Colonial biomedical infrastructures and the interpenetration of biomedical knowledge in northwest...
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Global soldiers in the Cold War: making Southern Africa’s liberation armies
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Politics of victimhood: compensation for war victims in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina
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08 Jun, 2017
ODID DPhil co-convenes workshop on the Karen in transition
05 Jun, 2017
New article by Robtel Neajai Pailey on Liberia's 2014/15 Ebola outbreak
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

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21 Nov, 2016
'¿Cuál será el impacto real de Trump en América Latina?'. Diego Sánchez-Ancochea writes for Agenda Publica
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

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