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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...

Recent work

Brief

Energy Protests and Citizen Voice

IDS Policy Briefing 185

Recent years have seen energy protests erupt in many countries around the world. Globally, countries are wrestling with the need to achieve a just transition away from fossil fuels while at the same time ensuring access to affordable energy.

29 October 2021