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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19 Mar, 2015
New Book - Sects & Social Disorder: Muslim Identities & Conflict in Northern Nigeria edited by Raufu Mustapha
19 Mar, 2015
Amitav Ghosh to Give Olof Palme Lecture on 'The Earth as Literary Critic'
09 Mar, 2015
Nikita Sud Writes about India's National Land Acquisition Law in Scroll.in
25 Feb, 2015
New ODID working paper: Olly Owen and Zainab Usman explore advantages of incumbency in Nigerian elections
03 Feb, 2015
Olly Owen Shortlisted for ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize
26 Jan, 2015
As India Celebrates 65th Republic Day, Nikita Sud Examines What Securlarism Means for Congress Party
13 Jan, 2015
ODID DPhil Student Zainab Usman Speaks to BBC About Attacks in Nigeria
09 Jan, 2015
Amitav Ghosh to Give Olof Palme Lecture on 'The Earth as Literary Critic'
05 Nov, 2014
Nikita Sud Writes for Scroll.in on Communal Violence in India
13 Oct, 2014
Nikita Sud Interviewed on Award of Nobel Peace Prize to Indian, Pakistani Activists

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06 Nov, 2015
‘Five Lessons from Zimbabwe’s Game-Changing Student Protests’. Dan Hodgkinson writes for The Conversation
06 Oct, 2015
‘Roots of difference - Karen politics and unity in the lead up to Myanmar’s historic elections'. Richard Dolan writes for New Mandala
08 Sep, 2015
'Gujarat: a development model for all India?'. Nikita Sud Interviewed by Austria's Radio Ö1
07 Sep, 2015
'How India undermined its elections: why was the world’s largest democracy outperformed by one of the smallest?'. Zaad Mahmood writes for the Electoral Integrity Project blog
04 Sep, 2015
'Buhari's first 100 days: does Nigerian president mean business?'. Zainab Usman writes for CNN
19 May, 2015
'Challenging the Syrian state: using information systems to document human-rights violations'. Ali Ali writes for Open Democracy
03 Apr, 2015
‘Double Take - How does education affect politics in Africa?’. Dan Hodgkinson writes for Democracy In Africa
16 Jan, 2015
'Africa's oil shock'. Zainab Usman examines how falling oil prices will affect the continent's economic transformation aspirations for Aljazeera
12 Aug, 2014
'Obama's Africa summit: too little, too late?'. Zainab Usman writes for Aljazeera
03 Feb, 2014
'Don't trust the government's citizenship stripping policy'. Matthew Gibney writes for The Conversation

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