Africa; Horn of Africa; refugees and forced migration; post-conflict social integration; violence and conflict analysis; humanitarianism and humanitarian assistance; globalisation, transnationalism, diasporas and remittances; famine and food security; livelihoods in emergency contexts.
Professor of Development Studies and International Relations
Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.
Development economics, economic growth, institutional economics, taxation in less developed countries, the political economy of oil states, political economy of industrial policy in Latin America, especially of Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil.
Violence and conflict, governance, post colonial state building, Muslim societies, sexualities, (reproductive) health, migration, and community development/transformative education - all explored through a gendered lens. Central Asia, Latin America but currently focus mainly on West and East Africa.
Politics, governance, and civil society in sub-Saharan Africa; non-governmental organisations; faith and development; history of development processes and interventions; issues in international health and non-state actors in health delivery.
Political Economy; Emerging finance capitalism; Privatization; Alternative development; Banking, finance, and development; Mexico, Turkey, other emerging capitalisms; State-capital-labour relations; State theory; Internationalization.
International trade, global commodity chains; production networks and industrial systems; informality and processes of labour informalisation; inequality and social structures of oppression; gender, feminisms and reproduction; the political economy of the garment industry; the political economy of India
South Asia, Central Asia; comparative political sociology of water resources and development; technology and agrarian change; boundary work in natural resources management; interdisciplinary social theory.
Political economy of education provision; Education policy reforms, particularly decentralization and school-based management; Kinship groups and ethnic fractionalization; Social capital; Mixed methods research; South Asia, particularly Pakistan
The changing nature of the public sphere, in particular the concept of “civil society” and how it is understood within the context of democratisation and neoliberal discourses in the Middle East and North Africa; HIV/AIDS, sexual minorities, civil society, the public sphere, associative Islam, neoliberalism, democratisation, human rights and the Arab Uprisings; NGOs and community mobilisation/engagement.
Brazil, South Africa, India; comparative study of natural resources governance; innovations in institutional design; the emergence of the ‘regulatory state’ in the developing world; poverty analysis; forced migration; adaptation and climate change.
Democratisation in Afghanistan and other conflict-affected states, with a particular focus on gender and democratic institutions (elections, political parties and the legislature). Recently this has included work on the impact of Afghanistan's reserved seats system for women, the way elections shape and are shaped by local political landscapes, the internal dynamics of Afghan national assembly, political party institutionalisation and women's role in parties over time.
Lecturer in Development Studies with a doctorate from SOAS. Currently researching the influence of foreign aid on the work of civil society groups in Sierra Leone and Tanzania. Published book in 2012 – Civil Society as a Conflictual Sphere in Post-liberalization Tanzania. Worked in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, the Sudan and Bulgaria.
Political, Economic and Social History of Turkey and the Middle East with special reference to the Kurdish Question in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria; Politics and Development Economics of the Countries of the Middle East; Social Change and Social Theory.
Refugees and forced migration with particular reference to Iraq and Syria, transnationalism, diaspora contributions to conflict transformation and peace-building, sociology of religion, and faith-based humanitarianism.
The Department Student Officer (DSO) is available to offer information and guidance to prospective students enquiring about departmental programmes of study, and to current students for issues such as class attendance, course work deadlines and submission, as well as mitigating circumstances and timetable queries. The DSO works closely with the department's student representatives and welfare departments across the School to provide specialised support to students in the department of Development Studies.
Agrarian history; Late Antiquity and early Islam; historical materialism; and, contemporary India, with a special interest in issues like the critique of minimalist stereotypes of the ancient economy; Marx’s method in Capital; modes of production; the fate of the peasantry under capitalism; and, labour and capital in India’s economy.
Latin American theories of development, political economy of agrarian change, rural livelihoods, farming systems, land reform, peasant movements, historical comparative analyses of the European and Latin American rural economy and society
The relationships between inequality, growth, and development. A major focus of Stephanie's work explores the effect of gender equality on macroeconomic outcomes. She has more recently begun to examine the gender and race effects of contractionary monetary policy.
Political economy of urbanization; housing provision systems, finance, conditions and policies; military corporate housing; urban development; real estate markets; land development; city entrepreneurialism, city branding. Brazil; UK; Portugal; South Africa; Hong Kong.
Political economy of rural and agrarian change, Patterns of rural and agricultural mechanization, Fairer trade, Politics of global agricultural Science and Technology assessments, Rural development, Research methods. Mainly worked in Nepal, Bangladesh and India.
Judy El-Bushra’s main area of specialisation is gender, conflict and peace, focusing geographically on the Horn of Africa and Central Africa (particularly Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern DRC). Her current research interest is in expanding understandings of gender in fragile contexts and of fragility in the light of gender: more specifically the impact of war on men and on constructions of masculinity; gender and statebuilding; gender in emergency response and resilience-building.
Political economy of education and development in sub-Saharan Africa; privatisation of education, secondary education, social mobilisation around schooling, textbook industry; politics of aid and public finance; South Africa, Tanzania.
Art and theatre in conflict and post conflict settings; psychosocial and humanitarian programming in emergencies, participatory methods, community engagement; political economy of violence and conflict, cultural genocide, resilience and survival, representations of violence, politics of memory. Thematic interests in youth, migration, borderlands, Great Lakes, Sudan, Caucasus and the Balkans. Works with printmaking, photography and performance.