SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dr Zoë Marriage

BA (Oxon); MSc, PhD (LSE); MMus (Bath Spa); SFHEA
  • Overview
  • Teaching
  • Expertise
  • Publications

Overview

Zoë Marriage
Department of Development Studies

Reader in Development Studies; Learning & Teaching Coordinator

Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice

Member

Violence, Peace and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Convenor

Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Committee

Member

Centre of African Studies

Member

Name:
Dr Zoë Marriage
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4437
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
259
Academic Support Hours:
Thursdays 3.30 - 5.30pm

Biography

All my research has at its core the enquiry into how conflict, security and development interact. I started off working on the question of who receives humanitarian assistance in contexts of conflict and why, carrying out research in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, the area that is now South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I published that research as a book called “Not Breaking the Rules, Not Playing the Game” in 2006, drawing on my PhD thesis. I then turned to research more intensely in DR Congo, investigating the different ways in which Congolese people conceptualise and pursue security in situations of unremitting structural and direct violence. This research led to the publication of my second book “Formal Peace and Informal War” in 2013.

A central observation of this work was that the voices of people who suffer most acutely from insecurity are routinely barred from formal security debates and policy. I started to dig into research questions about other narratives – distinct from the mainstream – and how they present perspectives on, and resist, violence and conflict and construct different paths to security. A taste of this research is given by my blog on Capoeira and Security, and the work led to a book, “Cultural Resistance and Security from Below”, published in 2019, and that investigates how resistance is communicated through the Afro-Brazilian musical and physical art form of capoeira.

Prior to taking up post as Head of Department I spent several happy years convening the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development. News of the programme and related teaching and research activities can be found on my VCD-SOAS blog and through my twitter account VCDatSOAS.

Teaching

Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Bilge Sahin, Bringing Justice to the People: Examining International Assistance to the DR Congo’s Judiciary and Its Impacts on Sexual Violence Crimes and Gender Power Relations in North-Kivu
  • Catarina Inverso, From War to Peace as Conflict goes on: Reinventing the state of ignoring it? Assessing the activities of armed groups and trading networks in the border regions of DRC, Uganda and South Sudan (working title)
  • Dariusz Dziewanski, Institutionalized violence? Examining the role of informal institutions in armed violence in South Africa
  • Hisae Kato, Jobs for Peace?: Labour Relations, Gender and Peacebuilding in Sudan
  • Hugh Lamarque, Insulating the Borderland: Policing practice in African frontiers
  • Nicholas Pope, (Dis)ordering functions of paramilitary groups in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2000-2017)
  • Nina Salsotto Cassina, Documenting resistance movements in the DRC: sites, forms and explanations (working title)
  • Richard F. Akum, Order, Authority and Social Control: Borderland Dynamics and Postwar Statebuilding in Liberia

Expertise

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

Publications

Authored Books

Marriage, Zoe (2019) Cultural Resistance and Security from Below: Power and Escape through Capoeira. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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

Articles

Marriage, Zoe (2018) 'The Elephant in the Room: Off-shore companies, liberalisation and extension of presidential power in DR Congo'. Third World Quarterly, (39) 5, pp 889-905.

Marriage, Zoe (2017) 'Evading biopolitical control: Capoeira as total resistance'. Global Society, (32) 3, pp 263-280.

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.

Book Chapters

Marriage, Zoe (2016) 'Conflict and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa'. In: Hooks, Gregory, (ed.), Sociology of Development Handbook. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Marriage, Zoe (2016) 'Aid to Rwanda: Unstoppable Rock, Immovable Post'. In: Hagmann, Tobias and Filip, Reyntjens, (eds.), Aid and authoritarianism in Africa. Development without democracy. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, pp 44-66.

Marriage, Zoe (2016) '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: Oxford University Press.

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

Marriage, Zoe (2015) '"Grande Mestre": Longing and celebration in Capoeira Angola (Brazil)'. In: Harris, Rachel and Pease, Rowan, (eds.), Pieces of the Musical World: Sounds and Cultures. Abingdon: Routledge.

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

Monographs and Working Papers

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. London: African Arguments.

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

Conference 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.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Marriage, Zoe (2018) The pretend guns of realism and the reality of resistance.

 

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