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Department of Development Studies

Dr Zoë Marriage

BA (Oxon); MSc, PhD (LSE)


Zoë Marriage
Department of Development Studies

Reader in Development Studies

Centre for Gender Studies

Member, Centre for Gender Studies

Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice (CCRJ)


Violence, Peace and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Convenor

Dr Zoë Marriage
Email address:
020 7898 4437
SOAS, University of London
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Office Hours:
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Zoë Marriage has degrees from Oxford University (BA) and the London School of Economics (MSc and PhD). She has researched extensively in countries affected by conflict in Africa and is the author of Not Breaking the Rules, Not playing the game. International Assistance to Countries at War (2006, Hurst & co). More recently Zoë has focused on the relationship between security and development in the Democratic Republic of Congo, publishing on demobilisation and the imposition and pursuit of security. She is currently working on a political economy of capoeira, the Brazilian dance-fight-game, which you can follow via her Capoeira and Security Blog.

As the programme convenor for MSc Violence, Conflict and Development Zoë also writes the Violence, Conflict & Development @ SOAS Blog, a convenor's-eye view of the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development (VCD) programme.


Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Dariusz Dziewanski, Institutionalized violence? Examining the role of informal institutions in armed violence in South Africa
  • Francy Carranza-Franco, Building Citizens, Building Security: Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration process in Colombia from 2002-2010


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Available for
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo


Authored Books

Marriage, Zoe (2013) Formal Peace and Informal War. Security and Development in Congo. Routledge.

Marriage, Zoe (2006) Not Breaking the Rules. Not Playing the Game. International Assistance to Countries at War. London: Hurst & Company.

Marriage, Zoe (2006) Challenging aid in Africa. Principles, Implementation, and Impact. USA: Palgrave MacMillan.

Book Chapters

Marriage, Zoe (2015) 'Aid to Rwanda: Unstoppable Rock, Immovable Post.' In: Hagmann, Tobias and Filip, Reyntjens, (eds.), Aid and authoritarianism in Africa. Development without democracy. Zed Books.

Marriage, Zoe (2015) 'Longing & celebration in Capoeira Angola.' In: Harris, Rachel, (ed.), Pieces of the world. Routledge.

Marriage, Zoe (2015) 'The Democratic Republic of Congo.' In: Frame, Ian, (ed.), Africa South of the Sahara 2016 (45th edition). Routledge. (In Press)

Marriage, Zoe (2014) 'The Democratic Republic of Congo.' In: Frame, Ian, (ed.), Africa South of the Sahara 2015 (44th edition). Routledge.

Marriage, Zoe (2012) 'The Case of the FDLR in Congo: A Facade of Collaboration?' In: Giustozzi, Antonio, (ed.), Post-Conflict Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration: bringing state-building back in. London: Ashgate, pp. 87-98.

Marriage, Zoe (2010) 'Many conflicts, one peace: Congo’s economy and global security.' In: Padayachee, Vichnu, (ed.), The Political Economy of Africa. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 301-316.

Marriage, Zoe (2009) 'Flip-flop rebel, dollar soldier; Demobilisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.' In: Berdal, Mats and Ucko, David, (eds.), Reintegrating Armed Groups After Conflict. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 119-143.

Marriage, Zoe (2009) 'Children and War.' In: Hindman, Hugh D, (ed.), The World of Child Labor: An Historical and Regional Survey. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, Inc..

Marriage, Zoe 'Peace and the Killing: Compatible Logics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.' In: Anderton, Charles and Brauer, Jurgen, (eds.), Economic Aspects of Genocide, Mass Killing, and Their Prevention. Oxford: OUP. (Forthcoming)

Marriage, Zoe 'Conflict and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.' In: Hooks, Gregory, (ed.), Sociology of Development Handbook. University of California Press. (Forthcoming)


Marriage, Zoe (2013) 'Compliance vs the ragged threat: problem-solving security in the Democratic Republic of Congo.' Civil Wars, 15 (1). pp. 19-36.

Marriage, Zoe (2012) 'Capoeira and security: the view from upside-down.' openDemocracy/openSecurity .

Marriage, Zoe (2011) 'Divisive ‘commonality’: state and insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.' Third World Quarterly, 32 (10). pp. 1891-1910.

Marriage, Zoe (2010) 'Congo Co.: Aid and Security.' Journal of Conflict, Security & Development, 10 (3). pp. 353-377.

Marriage, Zoe (2008) 'Review article of recent literature on the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Nzongola-Ntalaja: The Congo from Leopold to Kabila, Trefon (ed): Reinventing Order in the Congo, and Clark (ed): The African Stakes of the Congo War).' Historical Materialism, 15 (4).

Marriage, Zoe (2008) 'Ambiguous Agreements: Aid in Negotiating processes.' Journal of Conflict, Security and Development, 8 (1). pp. 1-13.

Marriage, Zoe (2008) 'Congo Basics.' fRoots. The Essential Worldwide Roots Music Guide, 304 . pp. 43-45.

Marriage, Zoe (2007) 'Flip-flop rebel, dollar soldier; Demobilisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.' Conflict, Security and Development, 7(2) .

Marriage, Zoe (2006) 'The Comfort of Denial: External Assistance in Southern Sudan.' Development and Change, 37 (3). pp. 479-500.

Marriage, Zoe (2006) 'Defining Morality: DFID and the Great Lakes.' Third World Quarterly, 27 (3). pp. 477-90.

Marriage, Zoe (2005) 'Shame and Assistance - Does It Help?' Civil Wars, 7 (4). pp. 357-76.

Conference or Workshop Items

Marriage, Zoe (2007) From national security to human security — less of the same in Congo? In: From Conflict to Regional Stability – Linking Security and Development, 5-7 November 2007, Madrid.


Marriage, Zoe (2012) La violence du pouvoir, l'exclusion des civils et le M23. Open Democracy/ Open Security.

Marriage, Zoe (2012) Violent power, civilian exclusion and the M23. Open Democracy.

Marriage, Zoe (2008) Reading Wars Actively.

Marriage, Zoe (2007) Dialogues No.3: Fragile States. London: Medecins Sans Frontieres.

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