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Department of Development Studies

PhD Students in the Department of Development Studies

Recently Completed PhDs
  • 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)

Carolina Cristina Alves
Carolina Cristina Alves

Research title: Public securities in Brazil: dynamic and implications for the economy (working title)

Orzala Ashraf Nemat
Orzala Ashraf

The changing nature of local power dynamics and governance at the community level in Afghanistan


Sibel Balci-Saner
Sibel Balci-Saner

Internal Migration and Urbanisation in Istanbul: A Neoliberal Transformation

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
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Workers' Agency in Foreign-invested Industry in Lao PDR


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



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 impact of neoliberalism on the relationship between the Israeli state and Jewish labour

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: Negotiating meanings: Local brokers and leadership amongst the Murle of Boma Hills in Jonglei State, South Sudan

Edwige Fortier
Edwige Fortier

Negotiating Spaces: How Organisations working with Marginalised Groups Manoeuvre in the Middle East and North Africa


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

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


Aziz Ahmad Hakimi
Aziz Hakimi

Between Assumptions and Practices: Negotiating Statehood in Contemporary Afghanistan


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
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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


Sonia Languille
Sonia Languille

Political economy of education reforms in Africa: the case of secondary education expansion in Tanzania since 2000


David Mansfield
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Drug eradication and opium cultivation in Afghanistan

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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)



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

Global Production and Industrial Restructuring in India: Capital Strategies and Labour Practices within a Booming Automotive Sector (working title)


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


Umut Onder
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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


Robtel Neajai Pailey
Robtel Pailey

The Love of Liberty Divided Us Here? Factors Leading to the Introduction (and Postponement) of Proposed Dual Citizenship Legislation in Liberia

Aruna Pandey
Aruna Pandey

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


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

Keston K. Perry
Keston Perry

The political economy of institutional capabilities, techno-industrial policy and structural transformation in small economies (working title)


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

Helena Pérez Niño
Helena Pérez Niño

Agrarian Change and Post-conflict reconstruction. Land and Labour in a Mozambican borderland.


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


Florian Schaefer
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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)

Misha Velthuis
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The impact of private voluntary standards on the degree and form of commodification in Indian agriculture.


David Wearing
David Wearing

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



Aled Williams
Aled Williams

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

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


Shuwan Zhang
Shuwan Zhang

Labour disputes of young generation migrant workers in China