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
26 Aug, 2014
Nikita Sud Quoted in Sydney Morning Herald Article on Modi's Approach to Opening Indian Economy
19 Aug, 2014
Rosana Pinheiro-Machado Appointed Columnist for Brazilian Magazine CartaCapital
11 Aug, 2014
Joerg Friedrichs' Book Wins Honourable Mention in Rachel Carson Environment Book Award
18 Jul, 2014
Santiago Izquierdo Tort Wins Papiya Ghosh Prize for Best MPhil Thesis in 2014
04 Jul, 2014
DPhil Student Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock Appointed Lecturer at Edinburgh University
04 Jul, 2014
Miles Tendi Writes on Tony Blair and Military Intervention for the Guardian
02 Jul, 2014
Miles Tendi Writes on UK-Zimbabwe Relations for The Africa Report
06 Jun, 2014
New Blog Post: Corneliu Bjola on Secret Diplomacy
23 May, 2014
Article by Miles Tendi Features in Collection of Most Popular 2013-14 African Studies Articles
21 May, 2014
Nikita Sud Interviewed by Radio France As Modi Visits Parliament for First Time


03 Jun, 2013
'The young women... have heightened expectations but no means to actualise those expectations'. Masooda Bano discusses her research on a BBC The Forum show on 'Curiosity'
03 Apr, 2013
'Cutting climate change education is a mistake, says Imperial researcher'. Sarah Lester writes for Imperial College London blog
19 Mar, 2013
'Why it's a mistake to trim climate change from the curriculum'. Sarah Lester writes for the Independent
29 Jun, 2012
'Animated debate between academics contributes to rigorous research on climate change'. Neil Hirst and Sarah Lester write for LSE Policy Blog