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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

    Global soldiers in the Cold War: making Southern Africa’s liberation armies
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    Refugees, social protection and digital technologies in times of the “refugee crisis”
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    Colonial biomedical infrastructures and the interpenetration of biomedical knowledge in northwest...
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    ‘Sustainable’ development and atmospheres of violence: experiences of environmental defenders
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    ‘Doing politics’: exploring the professionalisation of politics in India
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    Rethinking refuge
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    Exploring a sharing society: land and sustainability in India
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    After exit: assessing the consequences of United Nations peacekeeping withdrawal
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    Journeys in dangerous waters: indigenous knowledge and climate adaptation in coastal areas
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    Improving the work of labour courts in Mexico
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    Advising on the use of digital diplomacy
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    Advising on the use of digital diplomacy
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    Glee and grievance in nonviolent resistance
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    Civil humanitarianism and the politics of refugee solidarity
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    The political economy of water in the Andean region
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    The responsibility to protect: theorising consistency
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