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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

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

How Do Donor-led Empowerment and Accountability Activities Take Scale into Account? Evidence from DFID Programmes in Contexts of Fragility, Conflict and Violence

IDS Working Paper;536

Development donors invest significantly in governance reform, including in contexts characterised by conflict and fragility. However, there is relatively little comparative study of their change strategies, and little understanding of what works and why. This paper explores the strategies of six...

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Colin Anderson & 2 others

3 April 2020

Opinion

Lessons from Brazil for the global response to COVID-19

Epidemics and pandemics expose existing health inequities and all too often intensify them. Patterns of morbidity and mortality may disproportionately affect vulnerable groups such as residents of informal settlements, homeless people, indigenous communities and the elderly, as well as...

25 March 2020