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Department of Development Studies

PhD Students in the Department of Development Studies

Recently Completed PhDs
  • Postconflict Borderlands: the Micro-dynamics of Violence in Nepal's Central-Eastern Tarai, 2007-2009 (2014)
  • New Social Movements and Media: The Case of the Justice for Bhopal Movement in India (2014)
    Narratives of Human Rights: Universal Concepts Brought into Focus Through the Lenses of Life Stories - HIV, Stigma and Law in Malawi (2014)
  • Social Boundaries, Political Elite Bargains and (Dis)order in Guinea-Bissau, 1974-1998 (2014)
    'Making our own means': Counter-Narratives in Squatter Memories of Violence, Resistance and Transition in the Western Cape (2014)
  • The Political Economy of the Kurdish Question in Turkey: De-Development in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia (2014)
  • The interface between central and local interests in Malawi's democratic decentralisation: The case of Salima District Council (2014)
  • The consequences of co-option: NGOs, the Left and social change in Nepal (2014)
  • The Price of Protection - Gender, violence and power in Afghanistan (2013)
  • Cooperative Enterprises and Agricultural Development - The Case of Lebanon (2013)
  • Political Economy of Rural Female Labour: A Study of Labour Relations in East Uttar Pradesh (UP), India (2013)
  • Liberal Cosmopolitan and Realist Approaches to Gulf Wars 1991 and 2003: The Role of Discourse in Decision Making (2012; Ahmed Ijaz Malik)
  • Negotiating War and the Liberal Peace: National NGOs, Legitimacy and the Politics of Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka 2006-7 (2010)
  • The Architecture of Production and Labour Control in the Indian Garment Industry: Informalisation and Upgrading in the Global Economy (2009)
  • Youth in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Exploring Transition, Globalization and Youth Culture in the Ferghana Valley (2009)
  • The Politics of Development in Rural Rajasthan (India): Evidence from Water Conservation and Watershed Development Initiatives since the Early 1990s (2009)
  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Local Development in Ghana with Reference to the Tamale Municipal Assembly (2008)
  • Building an African World Class City: The Politics of World City Making in Johannesburg, South Africa (2008)
  • (The Production of) Who Is A Refugee? (2008)
  • Open Spaces and Hegemonic Practices in Global Civil Society: The World Social Forum 2004 (2007)
  • Export grape production and development in North East Brazil (2007)
  • Salvadorian Women's Empowerment - Adult Literacy as development (2007)
Nimo-Ilhan Ahmed Ali
Nimo-Ilhan Ahmed Ali

The Political Economy of Higher Education and Graduate Employment: The case of higher education expansion in post-conflict Somaliland


Orzala Ashraf Nemat
Orzala Ashraf Nemat

Local Governance in the Age of Liberal Interventionism: Governance Relations in the post-2001 Afghanistan.

Giulia Baldinelli
Giulia Baldinelli

Indigenous peoples' migration and agrobiodiversity conservation: exploring connections in the Bolivian Altiplano Norte (provisional title)


Pritish Behuria
Pritish Behuria

The Logic of 'Rational Benevolence': The Political Economy of Dispersing Elites through Privatization and Diversification in Post-1994 Rwanda.


James Brown
Staff Silhouette

Workers' Agency in Foreign-invested Industry in Lao PDR


Chris Büscher
Chris Büscher

Public water, private ethos? Exploring financialisation and corporatisation in global and Mozambican water governance

Francy Carranza-Franco
Staff Silhouette

Building Citizens, Building Security: Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration process in Colombia from 2002-2010



Jean-Baptiste Damestoy
Jean-Baptiste Damestoy

Governance capabilities, industrialisation and the state: the case of the cotton and textile sectors in Ethiopia


Sila Demirors
Sila Demirors

Financialisation of the housing sector and urban transformation in Istanbul and Sao Paulo

Brendan Donegan
Brendan Donegan

Spaces for negotiation and mass action: an anthropological study of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Movement), the National Rural Health Mission and the right to health movement in India


Dariusz Dziewanski
Dariusz Dziewanski

Institutionalized violence? Examining the role of informal institutions in armed violence in South Africa


Oroub El-Abed
Oroub EL-ABED

Palestinian refugees living in informal areas of the Jordanian capital, Amman: Negotiating economic opportunities

Rebecca E. Engel
Rebecca Engel

International interventions during transition in Timor-Leste: Implications for stability and the prevention of violent conflict


Sai Englert
Sai Englert

The Defeat of Hebrew Labour: Neoliberalism, the Histadrut, and the labour movement in Israel

Ali Fathollah-Nejad
Ali Fathollah-Nejad

A Critical Geopolitics of Iran in an Emerging New World Order (preliminary)


Diana Felix Da Costa
Diana Felix da Costa

Working title: The politics of Murle identity, experiences of violence and of the State in Boma, South Sudan.

Francesco Formichella
Staff Silhouette

The Value of the Global Value Chains: Fragmentation of Production, Vertically-Specialized Industrialization, and Uneven Capitalist Development (working title)


Edwige Aimee Fortier
Edwige Fortier

Powerful Publics: Civil Society, Tunisia, and the Transition to Democracy (2011-2013)

Elias Ghadban
Staff Silhouette

Agricultural cooperatives in Lebanon: Farmers’ cooperation and agricultural development policies after the end of the civil war in 1990


Manpreet Kaur Gill
Manpreet Gill

Higher Education, Globalisation, and Internationalisation: A Study of Contemporary Shifts in Higher Education in Punjab, India

Toufic Haddad
Staff Silhouette

Political Economy of Neoliberal Conflict Resolution and Statebuilding in the Occupied Palestinian Territories - 1993 to the Present


Aziz Ahmed Hakimi
Aziz Hakimi

Fighting for Patronage: American Counterinsurgency and the Afghan Local Police


Tom Henderson
Tom Henderson

The agrarian question, the corporate food regime and peasant organizing in Mexico and Ecuador

Sruthi Herbert
Sruthi Herbert

Citizenship at the intersections: Caste, Gender, and Class in India


Joanna Hoare
Joanna Hoare

Gender and ‘active citizenship’ in the context of development intervention in Kyrgyzstan


Mohammad Jahirul Hoque
Mohammad Hoque

Cultural, Political and Economic Mechanisms in the Concurrent Processes of Environmental Degradation and Decline of Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh (working title)


Cathy Huser
Catherine Huser

The politics of protection at the micro level of armed conflict: Case studies from the Central African Republic & South Sudan

Lamya (Sharmeen) Hussain
Lamya Hussain

Dunam after Dunam: Transitions in Farming across the Jordan Valley


Sarajuddin Isar
Isar Sarajuddin

Taxation and state-building in Afghanistan, a political economy framework


Zulkarin Jahangir
Zulkarin Jahangir

'Complexity' through mobile phone led 'networking'; exploring financial benefits of rural residents in Bangladesh

Neha Kagal
Neha Kagal

Broadly my thesis is looking at the impact of unionization of informal sector women workers in India on bargaining relations within the home, with a specific focus on masculinity.


Alinafe Kasiya
Alinafe Kasiya

Decentralization, Participation, Accountability and District Development Planning in Malawi

Mehair Kathem
Staff Silhouette

The Political Economy of Civil Society Development: Iraqi NGOs and state formation processes since 2003


Nina Kaysser
Nina Kaysser

(working title): Economic growth and Hindu-Muslim violence

Amrita Lamba
Amrita Lamba

Strong State-Society Synergy for Inclusive Natural Resources Governance: Comparing Brazil and South Africa



David Mansfield
Staff Silhouette

Drug eradication and opium cultivation in Afghanistan

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Daniel Marwecki
Staff Silhouette

The German-Israeli Alliance and the Palestine Question. An Examination from the Postwar Era to the Present


Eliza Massi
Eliza Massi

Internationalization of Big Business in Brazil and South Africa: Liberalization and Changing State-Business Relations


Philippa McMahon
Philippa M McMahon

[working title] Surplus to Requirements: Urban poor livelihoods and experiences of resettlement in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Musa Mckee
Musa McKee

‘Just Add Water’ - The Alchemy of Authoritarian Rule in Large-Scale Agricultural and Residential Developments in Egyptian Deserts during the Mubarak Era. (working title)


Patrick Meehan
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Fortifying or fragmenting the Myanmar state? The political economy of the opium trade in Shan State, 1988-2014


Marco Mogiani
Marco Mogiani

The European and national policies on migration and asylum and their impact on the physiognomy of the port of entries and on the migration patterns in the Greek-Turkish border in the last twenty years. (Working title)

Lorenza Monaco
Lorenza Monaco

Bringing Operaismo to Gurgaon: a study of labour composition and resistance practices in the Indian Auto industry


Thomas Muddimer
Staff Silhouette

Working for Smallholders: Agricultural Workers, Labour Markets and Poverty in Southern Ghana.


Umut Onder
Staff Silhouette

Possibilities and limits of green economic models under the prevailing global economic order: A critical analysis of commodification and/or financialisation of the environment from the perspective of political economy of the environment.

Ana Oprisan
Ana Orpisan

The Roma in Turkey. From Survival Mechanisms to Development Strategies


Aruna Pandey
Aruna Pandey

Institutional Models to Resolve Conflicts over Natural Resource Governance: Role of Community Enterprises and Solidarity Economy

Nayanka Paquete Perdigao
Staff Silhouette

(Working title) Perspectives on the failed State paradigm, Guinea-Bissau: A failed state or a state in the making?


Keston K. Perry
Keston Perry

Innovation policy, coalition formation and the political dynamics of governance in Trinidad and Tobago

Benjamin Petrini
Benjamin Petrini

The Political Economy of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) in Colombia: A Micro-Level Analysis of War-to-Peace Transition


Sharri Plonski
Sharri Plonski

Ordinary & Extraordinary Resistance: The Struggle for Land, Space and Place by the Palestinian Citizens of Israel

Dave Poole
Dave Poole

A Search for the ‘Missing Middle”


Marion Péchayre
Marion Péchayre

International non-governmental organisations, “humanitarian triage” and the politics of impartiality in conflict and natural disasters settings - Pakistan 2004-2012


Siham Rayale
Staff Silhouette

The Politics of Peace: Accounting for Security in Women’s Political Participation In Somaliland (1991-2012)


Florian Schaefer
Staff Silhouette

Agrarian change and agricultural commercialization in the Ethiopian coffee and floricultural sectors

Shalini Sharma
Shalini Sharma

Relationship between News Media and New Social Movements in India in an Age of Neoliberal Globalisation.


Mariyam Shiuna
Mariyam Shiuna

Working Title: Urban violence and disillusionment with democracy in the Maldives.

Farwa Sial
Farwa Sial

The internationalization of 'The Developmental State': The role of Development Aid and Capital Flows.


Shreya Sinha
Shreya Sinha

Corporate Agribusiness and Agrarian Accumulation in Liberalised India (working title)

Lucy Stackpool-Moore
Lucy Stackpool Moore

'Narratives of Human Rights: Universal concepts brought into focus through lenses of life stories'


Farooq Sulehria
Muhammad Farooq Sulehria

Media imperialism in the age of globalization. The case of India and Pakistan.


Sehin Teferra
Sehin Teferra

Occupational Hazard or Patriarchal Entitlement? : Feminist Analysis of the Dynamics of Violence in Ethiopian Sex Work (working title)

Hannah Vaughan-Lee
Staff Silhouette

Aiding the Status Quo of 'Post-Collapse': Humanitarian Assistance and the Political Processes of State-building in South Central Somalia 2007 - 2010


Misha Velthuis
Staff Silhouette

Selling modernity - An ethnography of the everyday practice of supermarket chains in Mumbai


David Wearing
David Wearing

Britain's relationship with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council in the post-Cold War era

Chris Weeks
Chris Weeks

Human trafficking in the wake of natural disaster: the case of Typhoon Haiyan



Aled Williams
Aled Williams

Comparative Research on Social and Political Accountability in the Implementation of National REDD+ Programmes (working title)

Veli Yadirgi
Staff Silhouette

The Political Economy of the Kurdish Question in Turkey


Ahmet Zaifer
Staff Silhouette

Acceleration of Privatization Process in Turkey: why in the last decade?

Shuwan Zhang
Shuwan Zhang

Labour disputes of young generation migrant workers in China


Mirko van Pampus
Mirko van Pampus

Radical alternatives to neoliberal democracy: the case of Turkey and Brazil