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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Environmental ethics of indigenous people in the Amazon region
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Cities and dominance: urban strategies and struggles in authoritarian transitions
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Decolonising knowledge and pluralising science
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Redesigning agrifood systems
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Pathways to post-extractivism in Latin America
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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
22 Sep, 2015
Former ODID DPhil Annette Idler Awarded 2015 CRS Cedric Smith Prize
13 Aug, 2015
Film by ODID Researcher Tells Forgotten Story of How West African Soldiers Helped Secure Victory in Burma in WWII
17 Jul, 2015
ODID DPhils Present at 6th European Conference on African Studies 2015
08 Jul, 2015
Olly Owen Convenes Panel on Police and Military at ECAS 2015
29 Jun, 2015
Filling Pails, Lighting Fires: Social Order in Africa Workshop
25 Jun, 2015
Olly Owen Wins ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize for Work on Nigerian Police Force
18 Jun, 2015
ODID DPhil Jean-Benoit Falisse Comments on Burundi Crisis for Media
27 May, 2015
Nikita Sud Interviewed on Al Jazeera About Indian Crackdown on Foreign NGOs

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09 Aug, 2016
'Gujarat: The Azadi Kooch March and Land Reform'. Nikita Sud's research on land cited in Sabrangindia.in
23 Jul, 2016
'The Gujarat model: what violence in the name of cow protection tells us about BJP's caste politics'. Nikita Sud writes for scoll.in
18 Jul, 2016
'The UN had to go, but is Liberia really prepared for peace?'. Robtel Neajai Pailey writes in The Conversation
18 Jul, 2016
'Why a hashtag Isn’t enough for a revolution in Zimbabwe'. Miles Tendi writes on social media activism in Zimbabwe in Foreign Policy
05 Jan, 2016
'Four decades of underestimating Mugabe'. Miles Tendi writes in the Conversation
09 Dec, 2015
'Don’t just blame climate change: Chennai floods were a manmade disaster'. Nikita Sud writes in The Conversation
07 Dec, 2015
'Elections en Burmanie: les partis ethniques en danger?'. Richard Dolan in Alta Asia
02 Dec, 2015
Keeping afloat after the ‘red wave’. Richard Dolan writes for Myanmar Times
01 Dec, 2015
'In Nigeria, newly appointed officials signal shift in economic policy'. Zainab Usman writes for Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog
27 Nov, 2015
'Ethnic parties and the vote - the 2015 elections and consequences for ethnic parties'. Richard Dolan writes for New Mandala's 'Myanmar and the vote' series

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