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.
Civil Society from the BRICS: Emerging Roles in the New International Development LandscapeIDS Evidence Report 173 (2016)
There is a burgeoning literature on the (re)emergence of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – as significant actors in international development. To date, however, most attention has focused on the government-to-government relations established through state-led South–South Development Cooperation (SSDC) and the BRICS’ engagements in multilateral processes. More details
Beyond lip service on mutual learning: the potential of CSO and think-tank partnerships for transforming Rising Powers’ contributions to sustainable development
The authors suggest that the GPEDC has succeeded in opening up space for another kind of partnership. More details
Them Belly Full (But We Hungry): Food Rights Struggles in Bangladesh, India, KenyaFood Riots and Food Rights project report (2014)
The green revolution and the global integration of food markets were supposed to relegate scarcity to the annals of history. So why did thousands of people in dozens of countries take to the streets when world food prices spiked in 2008 and 2011? Are food riots the surest route to securing the right to food in the 21st century? More details
Hunger Revolts and Citizen Strikes: Popular Protests in Mozambique, 2008-2012Food Riots and Food Rights project report (2014)
In February 2008 and September 2010, the cities of Maputo and Matola were the scene of violent protests against the rise in the cost of living, undertaken by groups of ordinary citizens. Immediately afterwards, these protests were replicated in some other Mozambican cities, but on a much smaller scale, and they were quickly brought under control by the police. More details
Brazil's Engagement in International Development Cooperation: The State of the DebateIDS Evidence Report 59 (2014)
The international development cooperation architecture has changed dramatically over the last decade. The global context, characterised by a lingering financial crisis and the emergence of new powers, has brought South–South Development Cooperation (SSDC) to the core of international development debate. More details
Can the protests push Brazil to democratic innovation?01 Jul 2013
By Alex Shankland
Latin America and the Caribbean; Angola; Brazil; Mozambique; Peru.