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.


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

In the media
21 May, 2014
Podcast of Guy Standing Lecture on Precariat Charter Now Online
14 May, 2014
Raufu Mustapha Interviewed on Radio 4 on Boko Haram Kidnapping
13 May, 2014
Indian Elections: A Roundup of Commentary by ODID Specialists
12 May, 2014
ODID DPhil Student Susanne Verheul Wins 2014 Terence Ranger Prize for JSAS Article
09 May, 2014
Indrajit Roy Examines Benefits of Proportional Representation in Indian Elections in Article for The Hindu
25 Apr, 2014
Indrajit Roy Writes for Hindustan Times on Secularism and the Indian Election
11 Mar, 2014
Alexandra Bridges Wins MPhil Photo Competition for Picture of Zimbabwe Rally
26 Feb, 2014
Miles Tendi Interviewed on Al Jazeera about Economic Situation in Zimbabwe
20 Feb, 2014
Indrajit Roy Wins Award from IGC for Project on Internal Circular Migration in Bihar, India
12 Feb, 2014
Miles Tendi Writes for Guardian on Possible UK Boycott of EU-Africa Summit over Mugabe


29 Jun, 2012
'Animated debate between academics contributes to rigorous research on climate change'. Neil Hirst and Sarah Lester write for LSE Policy Blog