political violence, labour, crime, South Asia
David’s research interests lie in the political economy of crime and violence in South Asia. He focuses particularly on Bangladesh, where he has worked and researched since 2010. His doctoral ethnography explored the urban political order of Dhaka city through groups of labourers living on the streets of the country’s largest market. Analyses of gangsters, labour politics and destitution have been published in Development and Change, The European Journal of Development Research, and Environment and Urbanization. This study continued through an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), examining the cases of municipal sweepers and street level extortion rackets, and is currently being worked into a book.
Recent projects under the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) Research Centre analyse the significance of capital cities to authoritarian states, and contemporary changes in political coalitions and intra-state power in Bangladesh. Work from this has been published in Modern Asian Studies and Contemporary South Asia. David has also worked as a programmes manager and consultant in the development sector in Bangladesh, holds an MSc from the London School of Economics, and PhD from the University of Bath.
David taught across the MPhil in Development Studies from 2019-2021, has a number of MPhil thesis supervisees and offers a Masters option course on the ‘Nexus of Violence, Crime and Politics in the Global South’.
Books and monographsJackman, David (with Tom Goodfellow)(2023) (forthcoming) 'Controlling the Capital: Political Dominance in the Urbanizing World ', Oxford University Press
Journal articles and special issuesJackman, David (with Mathilde Maîtrot)(2023) 'Discipline, Development, and Duress: The Art of Winning an Election in Bangladesh ', Critical Asian StudiesJackman, David (2022) 'Beggar bosses on the streets of Dhaka ', Journal of Contemporary AsiaJackman, David (with Mathilde Maitrot )(2022) 'The Party-Police Nexus in Bangladesh ', Journal of Development StudiesJackman, David (with Mathilde Maîtrot )(2021) 'Allies among Enemies: Political authority and party (dis)loyalty in Bangladesh ', Modern Asian StudiesJackman, David (2020) 'Students, movements, and the threat to authoritarianism in Bangladesh ', Contemporary South AsiaJackman, David (2018) 'Violent intermediaries and political order in Bangladesh ', The European Journal of Development Research 31 (4) : 705-723Jackman, David (2017) 'Are ‘the destitute’ destitute? Understanding micro-inequalities through the concept of defiled surpluses ', Environment and Urbanization 29 (1) : 251-266Jackman, David (2017) 'The decline of gangsters and politicization of violence in urban Bangladesh ', Development and Change 50 (8) : 1214-1238
ChaptersJackman, David (2021) 'The Crocodiles Are Closing in: Everyday Life for a Local BNP Leader ', Masks of Authoritarianism: Hegemony, Power and Public Life in Bangladesh Palgrave MacmillanJackman, David (2019) 'Identifying the political drivers of quality education: a comparative analysis ', The politics of education in developing countries: from schooling to learning. Oxford University PressJackman, David (2019) 'Towards a relational view of political violence ', Political Violence in South Asia Routledge