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Robin Luckham - Emeritus Fellow

Governance; Conflict and Violence
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Dr Robin Luckham is a political sociologist with over 50 years professional experience, more than 40 at IDS. He began his academic career in Nigeria and Ghana, and has also worked in the USA and Australia.

Since completing his PhD and book on the Nigerian Military Robin has focused much of his work around the seamier aspects of the state, political violence and development. He has a long record of research and publication on the military and militarism, violent conflict, peace and security - as well as on democracy and democratisation, the legal profession and the political economy of law. He is a founding member of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and of its Executive Committee. He was formerly Chair of the Global Consortium on Security Transformation (GCST) 2006-8 and of the International Advisory Group of the Global Facilitation Network on Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR) 2002-7.

Languages: French (working knowledge)

Front cover of Bulletin 40.2, Transforming Security and Development in an Unequal World

Transforming Security and Development in an Unequal World

IDS Bulletin 40.2 (2009)

Security, like development, is seen as something the North delivers through its policy interventions and aid programmes, rather than as the product of changes in the developing South, reflecting the priorities and interests of those most at risk. More details

This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 49.1A, 'Inclusive Peace and Security'.

Inclusive Peace and Security

IDS Bulletin 49.1A (2018)

This IDS Bulletin Archive Collection reviews four decades of analysis and research on peace, security, and development, drawing on articles published in previous issues of the Bulletin throughout this timeframe. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Building Inclusive Peace and Security in Times of Unequal Development and Rising Violence

This paper situates the challenges of building peace and security within the historical legacies of unequal development, militarism and global violence. It identifies the spaces for change opened by shifts in global balances of power and profit during the twenty-first century. Rapid technological changes, notably in information technologies are transforming the worlds of war and work. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Introduction: security in the vernacular and peacebuilding at the margins; rethinking violence reduction

Journal of Peacebuilding, Special Issue: Security in the Vernacular 5.2 (2017)

What's trending in work on governance and conflict?

04 Apr 2017
By Robin Luckham, (incomplete), Gauthier Marchais

Thematic Expertise:
Building Inclusive Secure Societies; Conflict Violence and Security; Governance; Democracy; Politics and Power.

Geographic Expertise:
Sub Saharan Africa; Ghana; Nigeria.