SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Professor Jonathan Goodhand

BA, PGCE (Birmingham); MSc, PhD (Manchester)
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Jonathan Goodhand
Department of Development Studies

Professor in Conflict and Development Studies

SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice


Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Academic Staff, Centre for the Study of Pakistan

Development Policy, Aid, Institutions and Poverty Reduction Research Cluster

Research Cluster Member

Violence, Peace and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Member

Professor Jonathan Goodhand
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Jonathan Goodhand studied at the Universities of Birmingham and Manchester, with qualifications in education as well as development -BA PGCE(Birmingham) MSc (Manchester) and PhD (Manchester). He worked for some years managing humanitarian and development programmes in conflict situations in Afghanistan/Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and has extensive experience as a researcher and advisor in South and Central Asia for a range of NGOs and aid agencies, including DFID, SDC, ILO and UNDP. His research interests include the political economy of aid and conflict, NGOs and peacebuilding and ‘post conflict’ reconstruction.

Inaugural Lecture

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Professor Jonathan Goodhand Inaugural Lecture: Straddling the Line: Brokerage, drugs and conflict in the Afghan borderlands


Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Jacob Berah, The Role of UN Special Political Missions in Conflict
  • Kaweh Kerami, Democratisation in the midst of war: Elections and Electoral politics in Afghanistan
  • Sarajuddin Isar, Taxation and state-building in Afghanistan, a political economy framework
  • Xu Peng, Rebel governance in Myanmar: the comparison study between Wa and Kokang (working title)


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Regional Expertise
  • Central Asia
  • South Asia
Country Expertise
  • Afghanistan
  • Sri Lanka


Authored Books

Spencer, J and Goodhand, J and Hasbullah, H and Klem, B and Korf, B and de Silva, T (2014) Checkpoint, Temple, Church and Mosque: A Collaborative Ethnography of War and Peace in Eastern Sri Lanka. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2006) Aiding Peace? The Role of NGOs in Armed Conflict. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Pugh, Michael and Cooper, Neil and Goodhand, Jonathan (2004) War Economies in a Regional Context. Challenges for Transformation. London: Lynne Rienner.


Goodhand, Jonathan and Meehan, Patrick and Bhatia, Jasmine and Ghiabi, Maziyar and Gutierrez Sanin, Francisco (2021) 'Critical policy frontiers: The drugs-development-peacebuilding trilemma'. International Journal of Drug Policy, (89) 103115.

Dan, Seng Lawn and Maran, Ja Htoi Pan and Sadan, Mandy and Meehan, Patrick and Goodhand, Jonathan (2021) 'The Pat Jasan drug eradication social movement in Northern Myanmar. Part one: Origins & reactions'. International Journal of Drug Policy, (89) 103181.

Meehan, Patrick and Goodhand, Jonathan (2018) 'Spatialising Political Settlements'. Accord, (4), pp 14-19.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Walton, Oliver (2017) 'The Tangled Politics of Postwar Justice in Sri Lanka'. Current History, (116) 789, pp 130-135.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Klem, Bart and Walton, Oliver (2017) 'Mediating the Margins: the role of brokers and the Eastern Provincial Councils in Sri Lanka’s post war transition'. Third World Thematics, (1) 6, pp 817-836.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Suhrke, Astri and Bose, Srinjoy (2016) 'Flooding the lake? International democracy promotion and the political economy of the 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan'. Conflict, Security & Development, (16) 6, pp 481-500.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2013) 'Sri Lanka in 2012: Securing the State, Enforcing the ‘Peace''. Asian Survey, (53) 1, pp 64-72.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Sedra, M (2013) 'Rethinking Liberal Peacebuilding, Statebuilding and Transition in Afghanistan: An Introduction'. Central Asian Survey, (32) 3, pp 239-254.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2013) 'Contested boundaries: NGOs and civil-military relations in Afghanistan'. Central Asian Survey, (32) 3, pp 287-385.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2012) 'Sri Lanka in 2011: Consolidation and Militarization of the Post War Regime'. Asian Survey, (52) 1, pp 130-137.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2010) 'Stabilizing a Victor’s Peace? Humanitarian action and reconstruction in eastern Sri Lanka'. Disasters, (34) 3, pp 342-367.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Walton, Oliver (2009) 'The Limits of Liberal Peacebuilding: International Engagement in the Sri Lankan Peace Process'. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, (3) 3, pp 303-323.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Klem, B. and Korf, B. (2009) 'Religion, conflict and boundary politics in Sri Lanka’s east'. The European Journal of Development Research, (21) 5, pp 679-698.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Sedra, M. (2009) 'Who owns the peace? Aid, reconstruction and peacebuilding in Afghanistan'. Disasters, (10) 4.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2008) 'Corrupting or Consolidating the Peace? The Drugs Economy and Post Conflict Peacebuilding in Afghanistan'. International Peacekeeping, (15) 3, pp 405-423.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Sedra, M. (2007) 'Bribes or Bargains? Peace Conditionalities and ‘Post Conflict’ Reconstruction in Afghanistan'. International Peacekeeping, (14) 1, pp 41-61.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2005) 'Frontiers & Wars: The Opium Economy in Afganistan''. Journal of Agrarian Change, (5:2), pp 191 - 216.

Goodhand, Jonathan and n/a, (2005) 'Bringing the borderlands back in: A Commentary on 'Selfish Determination''. Ethnopolitics, (4:1), pp 94 - 97.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2004) 'From war economy to peace economy? Reconstruction and statebuilding in Afghanistan'. Journal of International Affairs, Special Edition on International Institutions and Justice, (58) 1, pp 155-174.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2003) 'Enduring Disorder and and Persistent Poverty. A Review of the Linkages between War and Chronic Poverty'. World Development, (31) 3, pp 629-646.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Cramer, Christopher (2002) 'Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better? War, the State, and the 'Post-Conflict' Challenge in Afghanistan'. Development and Change, (33) 5, pp 885-909.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2002) 'Aiding Violence or Building Peace? The Role of International Aid in Afghanistan'. Third World Quarterly, (23) 5, pp 837-59.

Edited Books or Journals

Goodhand, Jonathan and Sedra, M, (eds.), (2015) The Afghan Conundrum: Intervention, Statebuilding and Resistance. London: Routldege. (Third Worlds).

Goodhand, Jonathan and Spencer, Jonathan and Korf, Benedikt, (eds.), (2011) Conflict and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka: caught in the peace trap?. London: Routledge. (Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series).

Book Chapters

Goodhand, Jonathan (2018) 'Getting the politics right: beyond ‘good governance’ in Afghanistan'. In: Bose, Srinjoy and Motwani, Nishank and Maley, William, (eds.), Afghanistan - Challenges and Prospects. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Klem, Bart and Sorbo, Gunnar (2013) 'Battlefields of Method. Evaluating Norwegian peace efforts in Sri Lanka'. In: Andersen, Ole Winckler and Bull, Beate and Kennedy-Chouane, Megan, (eds.), Evaluation Methodologies for Aid in Conflict. London: Routledge, pp 61-84.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Mansfield, David (2013) 'Drugs and (dis)order. The opium economy, political settlements and statebuilding in Afghanistan'. In: Schetter, Conrad, (ed.), Local Politics in Afghanistan. A Century of Intervention in the Social Order. London: Hurst, pp 211-243.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2013) 'Epilogue: The View from the Border'. In: Korf, Benedikt and Raeymaekers, Timothy, (eds.), Violence on the Margins. States, Conflict, and Boderlands. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 247-264.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2013) 'Stabilizing a Victor's Peace? Humanitarian Action and Reconstruction in Eastern Sri Lanka'. In: Muggah, Robert, (ed.), Stabilization Operations, Security and Development. States of Fragility. London: Routledge, pp 215-241.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Dennys, Christian and Mansfield, David (2012) 'A Dangerous Peace? Drugs, post conflict statebuilding and horizontal inequalities in Afghanistan'. In: Langer, Arnim and Stewart, Frances and Venugopal, Rajesh, (eds.), Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Horizontal Inequalities.. London: Palgrave MacMillan, pp 249-274.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2012) 'Bandits, Borderlands and Opium Wars: Afghan statebuilding viewed from the margins'. In: Wilson, Thomas and Donnan, Hastings, (eds.), A Companion to Border Studies. London: Wiley-Blackwell, pp 332-353.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2011) 'Corrupting or Consolidating the Peace? The Drugs Economy and Post Conflict Peacebuilding in Afghanistan'. In: Zaum, Dominik and Cheng, Christine, (eds.), Corruption and Post Conflict Peacebuilding: Selling the Peace?. London: Routledge, pp 144-161.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Korf, Benedikt (2011) 'The illiberal consequences of liberal peacebuilding'. In: Goodhand, Jonathan and Spencer, Jonathan and Korf, Benedikt, (eds.), Aid, conflict and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka. Caught in the Peace Trap'. London UK: Routledge, pp 1-15.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Walton, Oliver (2011) 'Public versus private power: Non governmental organisations and international security'. In: McKercher, Brian, (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Diplomacy & Statecraft. London: Routledge, pp 428-440.

Cramer, Christopher and Goodhand, Jonathan (2011) 'Hard science or waffly crap? Evidence-based policy versus policy-based evidence in the field of violent conflict'. In: Bayliss, Kate and Fine, Ben and Waeyenberge, Eisa Van, (eds.), The Political Economy of Development. The World Bank, Neo-Liberalism and Development Reseearch. London: Pluto Press, pp 215-238.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2008) 'War, Peace and the Places In Between: Why Borderlands are Central'. In: Pugh, M. and Cooper, N. and Turner, M., (eds.), Whose Peace? Critical Perspectives on the Political Economy of Peacebuilding. London: Palgrave, pp 225-244.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2008) 'Politics, Poppy and Statebuilding'. In: Hayes, G and Sedra, M, (eds.), Afghanistan. Transition Under Threat. Canada: Laurier University Press.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2006) 'Preparing to intervene in complex political emergencies'. In: Hanlon, J. and Yanacopulos, H., (eds.), Civil Wars, Civil Peace. Milton Keynes: Open University.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2006) 'Working 'in' and 'on' conflict'. In: Hanlon, J. and Yanacopulos, H., (eds.), Civil Wars, Civil Peace. Milton Keynes: Open University.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2004) 'Afghanistan in Central Asia'. In: Pugh, M. and Cooper, N. and Goodhand, J., (eds.), War Economies in a Regional Context: Challenges for Transformation. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, pp 45-91.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2003) 'Profits and Poverty: aid, livelihoods and conflict in Afghanistan'. In: Collinson, S, (ed.), Power, livelihoods and conflict: case studies in political economy analysis for humanitarian action. London: ODI, Humanitarian Policy Group, pp 37-52.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2003) 'Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better? War, the State and the Post Conflict Challenge in Afghanistan'. In: Milliken, J, (ed.), State Failure, Collapse and Reconstruction. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2002) 'Complex Political Emergencies'. In: Kirkpatrick, C. and Clark, R. and Palidano, C., (eds.), Handbook on Development Policy and Management. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp 269-278.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2002) 'Afghanistan: the challenge of winning the peace'. In: Mekenkamp, M and van, P and van, H, (eds.), Searching for peace in Central And South Asia. Boulder, Co: Lynne Reinner (USA), pp 109-140.

Goodhand, Jonathan (2002) 'From holy war to opuim war?: A case study of the opium economy in North Eastern Afghanistan'. In: Noelle-Karimi, C and Schetter, C and Schlagintweit,, R, (eds.), Afghanistan - A country without a state?. IKO-Verlag (Germany), pp 139-160.

Monographs and Working Papers

Goodhand, Jonathan and Meehan, Patrick and Thomson, Frances and Ghiabi, Maziyar and Ball, Louise (2020) Voices from the borderlands 2020: Illicit drugs, development and peacebuilding. London: Drugs and (Dis)Order.

Cheng, Christine and Goodhand, Jonathan and Meehan, Patrick (2018) Synthesis Paper: Securing and Sustaining Elite Bargains that Reduce Violent Conflict. London: UK Government Stabilisation Unit.

Goodhand, Jonathan and Meehan, Patrick and Perez-Nino, Helena (2014) Drugs, (dis)order and agrarian change: the political economy of drugs and its relevance to international drug policy. NOREF Occasional Publication.

Conference Items

Goodhand, Jonathan (2005) 'Post Tsunami Asia: Early Warning, Relief, Reconstruction & Peace Process' - The Tsunami Asia & the Sri Lankan Peace Process'.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Goodhand, Jonathan and Meehan, Patrick (2021) Drugs ‘trilemma’: how to halt the deadly trade while still ensuring development and peace.


Goodhand, Jonathan and Vaux, T and Walker, R (2002) 'Conducting Conflict Assessments: Guidance Notes'.


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