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    Research

    Around 80 per cent of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent in the UK government's most recent nationwide assessment.

    Research

    Our work engages with some of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century: from security and global governance, to migration and human rights; from poverty and inequality to technological innovation and enterprise; from children and youth to urban transformation.

    Our approach is unique because we address the structural roots of poverty and power on the one hand, and the international as well as the national dimensions of development on the other. We value field experience, primary data collection, comparative research, novel methodologies and innovative theory and analysis.

    Our research is clustered around four major thematic areas, which are in turn embedded in, and illuminated by, the study of specific regions of the developing world. You can find out more about our research themes and regions using the links to the left.

    You can also find out about the work of our externally funded research groups and major projects, where a large part of our research activity is carried out, as well as exploring the real-world impact of our findings.

    Alternatively, browse all our research activity below.

    Browse Research

    Understanding ‘Alan Kurdi’ effects: A study of the emergence and decline of movements of openness...
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    Producing Material and Consuming Immaterial Diets: A socio-historical study of food delivery work...
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    Constitutions of citizenship in the post-colonial context: The spatial and political legacies of b...
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    Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies: Implications for Developing Countries
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    Inclusive Digital Model Project
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    Visions of Life: The Creation of Postcolonial Screen Cultures in Africa
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    Remains: Exploring New Frontiers of Fear, Indifference and Love in the Mediterranean
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    Land for Industry: State-Society Relations in Agrarian Maharashtra
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    Fear-anger cycles: Governmental and populist politics of emotion
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    A party-state derailed: The techno-politics of infrastructure and bureaucracy in EPRDF’s Ethiopia...
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    Property inheritance, the state and class reproduction in Johannesburg, South Africa
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    Pathways to post-extractivism in Latin America
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    Redesigning agrifood systems
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    Decolonising knowledge and pluralising science
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    Politics of the poor: banking on Universal Basic Income in India
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    Barriers to youth employment in South Africa
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