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Cluster

Power and Popular Politics

We bring our distinctive power-aware lens to research that identifies and supports the knowledge, action and leadership needed for better lives. We pioneer new methods and new ways of generating knowledge for change with communities, activists, academics and professional co-researchers from both the global North and South, using qualitative, ethnographic and action research.

Using a power lens on all our work, we examine popular forms of contestation. We’re particularly interested in contestation over rights, entitlements and justice that goes beyond institutionalised forms of participation.

Our Power and Popular Politics cluster focuses on:

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

Postgraduate Researcher

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Carlos Fortin

Research Associate

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Colin Anderson

Research Officer

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Egidio Chaimite

Postgraduate Researcher

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Emilie Wilson

Communications Officer

Projects

Project

The Gendered Price of Precarity

Marjoke Oosterom and Sohela Nazneen have won a British Academy Grant under the GCRF Youth Futures Call. The project, ‘The gendered price of precarity: Workplace sexual harassment and young women's agency’, will focus on female workers in Uganda and Bangladesh. The study aims to contribute to...

Project

Navigating Civic Space in a Time of Covid-19

The Navigating Civic Space in a Time of Covid project examined patterns of changing civic space and civic action in Mozambique, Nigeria and Pakistan during the first nine months of the Covid-19 pandemic. How did the pandemic affect already shrinking civic space, particularly for activists and...

Project

Learning on the Streets. Youth and vending in urban Zimbabwe

IDS Research fellow Marjoke Oosterom has won an ESRC New Investigators grant to do research on youth and political socialization in the informal economy. Research partners are Tinotenda Chishiri (RAU), Dr. Rekopantswe Mate (University of Zimbabwe) and Simbarashe Gukurume (Great Zimbabwe...

Project

Learning with SPARK

Learning with SPARK is an innovative action learning partnership between the Institute of Development Studies, the Accountability Research Center and the International Budget Partnership (IBP). It aims to generate knowledge from a significant new programme run by the IBP – called SPARK...

Recent work

Working Paper

Demanding Power: Contentious Politics and Electricity in Pakistan

IDS Working Paper 551

This paper explores Pakistan’s electricity supply crisis that lasted from 2007 to 2015, and the ensuing contention that shaped public discourse and political events in the country. During this period, which witnessed electricity outages of up to 14 hours per day, 456 incidents of contention...

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Umair Javed & 2 others

3 June 2021