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Cluster

Power and Popular Politics

Using a power lens on all our work, we examine popular forms of contestation in particular of non-elites.

We seek to pioneer new ways of working with community, activist, academic and professional co-researchers from both the global North and South, using qualitative, ethnographic and action research.

The Power and Popular Politics Cluster focuses on:

  • Critically engaging with voice, accountability and citizenship in conventional and newer spaces, including the interface between the online/offline
  • Exploring through a post-civil society lens organised and non-organised, violent and peaceful social and political action and unruliness
  • Redressing intersecting inequalities with groups rendered invisible by systems of governmentality
  • Investigating the mechanisms of social change arising from global crises and local responses seen through a moral economy lens.

People

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Alex Shankland

Research Fellow

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Alison Ashlin

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist

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Aly Khalil

PhD Research Student

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Carlos Fortin

Research Associate

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Colin Anderson

Research Officer

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Dina Zayed

PhD Researcher

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Egidio Chaimite

PhD Researcher

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Emilie Wilson

Communications Officer

Projects

Project

The Politics of Implementing Social Protection in Bangladesh

This project undertakes comparative research into the under-researched issue of the politics of implementation of social protection programmes. It studies cases in Bangladesh as a contribution to a wider comparative study of how the implementation of social protection is both shaped by and...

Project

Rockefeller Shan project

The Shan are a Tai people closely related to the Tai of Thailand, Laos and Yunnan and are one of the ethnic minorities in the Shan States of Myanmar. The Shan are Theravada Buddhists. There is no accurate data but it is estimated that over six million live in the Shan States with a total land...

Recent work

Journal Article

Power and Powerlessness in an Appalachian Valley – revisited

With the rise of Trump support in rural Appalachia – the coal mining, mountainous region in the heartland of the eastern United States – media and other commentators have rushed to explain this conservative politics in ‘exceptionalist’ terms, largely based on cultural stereotypes....

7 May 2019