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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

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...

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...

Recent work

Past Event

Religious inequalities in development: where need meets creed

Religious inequalities  refers to the ways in which individuals and groups suffer from systemic marginalisation, exclusion and, in extreme cases, genocide, on account of their beliefs and/or religious affiliation. Watch the...

15 October 2019

Working Paper

Commissions of Inquiry in Plateau State, Nigeria

IDS Working Paper 531

Nigeria’s Plateau State has been the scene of inter-community violence since the 1990s, involving several clashes in the city of Jos that took many lives within a matter of days. Between 1997 and 2014 different Commissions of Inquiry (COIs) were established to investigate specific episodes of...

1 August 2019