Alex Shankland - Research Fellow
Alex Shankland is a social scientist with over two decades' experience of working in Brazil, Peru, Angola and Mozambique as a researcher, NGO manager and social development consultant. He has researched, taught and published extensively on rights, participation and policy, particularly in the health sector, and his doctoral thesis was on representation and health policy in the Brazilian Amazon.
His current research interests centre on theories and practices of democratic representation and citizen-state engagement, with particular reference to the political strategies of indigenous peoples and other marginalised minorities engaging with development and climate change policies.
Formerly the Research Manager for the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability, Alex was appointed as a Research Fellow in June 2010. He works on the Unruly Politics and Participation Power and Politics research themes, and is engaged in ongoing research on citizen action, local governance, health system reform and the political economy of climate change in Brazil, Mexico, India, Mozambique and Angola, as well as on the role of Brazil and other emerging powers in reshaping international development.
“Unpicking Power and Politics for Transformative Change: Towards Accountability for Health Equity” Workshop Report
While “accountability” has become an increasingly popular buzzword in health systems debates and health service delivery, it has multiple – and contested – meanings. This is a report of an IDS international workshop which brought together 80-plus activists, researchers, public health practitioners and policy makers who critically examined the forces that shape accountability in health systems, from local to global levels. More details
From Policy Transfer to Mutual Learning? Political Recognition, Power and Process in the Emerging Landscape of International Development CooperationRevista Novos Estudos 107 36.1 (2017)
This paper explores the implications of this for international policy diffusion in the age of "universal" development envisaged by the UN's Agenda 2030. More details
The BRICS in International Development
This book offers a comprehensive comparative perspective on the increasingly significant development cooperation activities of the BRICS. Providing a powerful set of insights into the drivers for engagement within each country, it brings together leading experts from Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and OECD countries. More details
Towards Mutual Learning with the Rising PowersIDS Policy Briefing 123 (2016)
Mutual learning is emerging as a new way of talking about the ‘how’ of development cooperation, particularly in contexts of rapid change, with countries increasingly recognising that they have much to learn from each other’s experience. More details
‘Traditional Peoples’ and the Struggle for Inclusive Land Governance in BrazilIDS Working Papers 477 (2016)
In recent decades, Brazil has attracted international interest both for the intensity of its land conflicts and for the extent of its land governance innovations. In this report we argue that these innovations have derived from a land governance model shaped by the country’s decentralised political structures. More details
Towards accountability for health equity18 Jul 2017
By Denise Namburete, Vera Coelho, Alex Shankland, Gerry Bloom
Can the protests push Brazil to democratic innovation?01 Jul 2013
By Alex Shankland
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Brazil in crisis! What is to be done?12 Jul 2016
By James Allen
Latin America and the Caribbean; Angola; Brazil; Mozambique; Peru.