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

18 Feb, 2013
BLOG: Will Jones on Africa's Illiberal State-Builders
13 Feb, 2013
ODID and ECI to Welcome Joshua Farley as Astor Visiting Lecturer
05 Feb, 2013
Miles Tendi Writes Guardian Comment on Complex Personality of Robert Mugabe
05 Feb, 2013
BLOG: Hannah Hoechner on Negative Perceptions of Qur'anic Students in Nigeria
25 Jan, 2013
Miles Tendi Writes Guardian Comment on Voter Attitudes Ahead of Zimbabwe Elections
09 Jan, 2013
Nikita Sud Interviewed on Indian Legislative Assembly Elections
08 Jan, 2013
Miles Tendi Writes Guardian Comment on Relations between Zuma and Mugabe
06 Nov, 2012
Clare Short to Lecture on UK and Post-Genocidal Rwanda
05 Nov, 2012
New Book: Governing the Provision of Ecosystem Services, Co-edited by Laura Rival
04 Oct, 2012
New CRISE Book: Affirmative Action in Plural Societies