How Central Asia’s authoritarian regimes have used coronavirus to their advantage

Dr Saltanat Janenova is a Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Management in International Development Department. Her research interests are concerned with public sector reforms in Central Asia, including authoritarianism, patronage, corruption, open government, and public service innovations. Her pivot book ‘A Primer on Policy Communication in Kazakhstan’ (with B.Nair et al.) was published by Palgrave … Continue reading “How Central Asia’s authoritarian regimes have used coronavirus to their advantage”

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Using Graphics to Cut Through Covid’s Complexity

Heather Marquette is Professor of Development Politics in the International Development Department, School of Government, University of Birmingham and is seconded part-time to the UK’s Department for International Development where she is Senior Research Fellow (Governance & Conflict). She has over 20 years international experience in research, policy advice, consultancy and training in governance and … Continue reading “Using Graphics to Cut Through Covid’s Complexity”

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Strengthening water security for pandemic preparedness

Rachel Cooper, based at University of Birmingham, is a researcher on the K4D (Knowledge, Evidence and Learning) programme. She is currently leading a K4D Learning Journey on Water Security for the Department of International Development (DFID). The Learning Journey aims to increase DFID staff’s learning on water security and climate change. This blog was originally posted … Continue reading “Strengthening water security for pandemic preparedness”

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Why the gendered political economy of COVID-19 matters

Dr Merisa S. Thompson is Lecturer in Gender and Development at the International Development Department. Her research focuses on gendered and inequitable power relations in the global political economy and the global politics of food and agriculture. She works on these issues in the Caribbean, UK and globally. This article is re-posted from the SPERI … Continue reading “Why the gendered political economy of COVID-19 matters”

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Britain’s “Police State” and the Dangers of Everyday Authoritarianism

Dr. Jonathan Fisher is the director of International Development Department Director and Academic Director of the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC). His research is focused on the place and agency of African states in the international system, particularly in the realm of security and conflict. He is also interested in the nature of … Continue reading “Britain’s “Police State” and the Dangers of Everyday Authoritarianism”

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Increasing Segregation? Impact of Covid19 in the Cities of Africa and South Asia

Philip Amis is a senior lecturer in International Urban Development at the University of Birmingham. He has experience of urban issues both through research and consultancy in Africa and South Asia. His research interests include: Urban policy and poverty, Local Government and Aid management. The current Covid 19 pandemic is likely to spread in the … Continue reading “Increasing Segregation? Impact of Covid19 in the Cities of Africa and South Asia”

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Three ways to improve water security and climate change adaptation

Rachel Cooper, based at University of Birmingham, is a researcher on the K4D (Knowledge, Evidence and Learning) programme. She is currently leading a K4D Learning Journey on Water Security for the Department of International Development (DFID). The Learning Journey aims to increase DFID staff’s learning on water security and climate change. This blog was originally posted … Continue reading “Three ways to improve water security and climate change adaptation”

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Governing Renewable Natural Resources: How can governance improve the environment and people’s lives in the Global South?

By Professor Fiona Nunan, International Development Department School of Government, University of Birmingham Fiona Nunan is Professor of Environment and Development.  Her interests and experiences focus on natural resource governance and management in low-income country settings, particularly within inland fisheries and coastal locations in East and Southern Africa. Governance matters for natural resources because it … Continue reading “Governing Renewable Natural Resources: How can governance improve the environment and people’s lives in the Global South?”

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We Risk Forgetting How to Analyse What Motivates Small Farmers

Andrew Coulson is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham and author of Tanzania: A Political Economy (1982, new edition 2013). He was an ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Agriculture in Tanzania in the 1960s, and lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam in the … Continue reading “We Risk Forgetting How to Analyse What Motivates Small Farmers”

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New Textbook on Disability and International Development

David Cobley has worked as a practitioner in the field of disability service provision, mainly within the UK context, for the past 30 years. Over the past 10 years, David has combined his practitioner role with an academic role at IDD, initially as a student and then as researcher and teacher. His PhD thesis focused … Continue reading “New Textbook on Disability and International Development”

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