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Cluster

Power and Popular Politics

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.

We seek to pioneer new methods and new ways of generating knowledge for change 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:

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

Countering the Backlash: Reclaiming Gender Justice

This project aims to create the knowledge needed and provide opportunities for women’s rights organisations and other gender justice defenders to counter the backlash and address the erosion of gender objectives within development.  

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

Book

Power, Empowerment and Social Change

This book uncovers how power operates around the world, and how it can be resisted or transformed through empowered collective action and social leadership. The stakes have never been higher. Recent years have seen a rapid escalation of inequalities, the rise of new global powers and corporate...

8 November 2019

Opinion

When your bus takes away your citizenship

In Brazil, 85 per cent of the nation’s population live in urban areas and 86 per cent of public transport is made by bus. This makes urban buses an important topic for Brazil’s development – especially in the context of notions of civil, political and social rights to the...

4 November 2019