SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dr David Jackman


David Jackman
Department of Development Studies

ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr David Jackman
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David Jackman’s research examines the political economy of violence in South Asia. His doctoral ethnography worked with labourers in Dhaka to understand political order in microcosm, detailing street level leaders, criminal economies and political mobilization. Work from this has been published in Development and Change, Environment and Urbanization and the European Journal of Development Research. More 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. His post-doctoral research will revisit research sites in Dhaka to examine the lives of urban brokers. David has also worked in the development sector in Bangladesh, holds an MSc degree from the London School of Economics and PhD from the University of Bath. 


  • 2018. 'Violent intermediaries and political order in Bangladesh'. European Journal of Development Research
  • 2018. 'The decline of gangsters and politicisation of violence in urban Bangladesh'. Development and Change.
  • 2018. 'Towards a relational view of political violence'. In: Riaz, A. Nazreen, Z. Zaman, F. Political Violence in South Asia. Routledge
  • 2017. 'Are 'the destitute', destitute? Understanding micro-inequalities through the concept of defiled surpluses. Environment and Urbanization 29 (1):251-266