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Fiona Wilson

Emeritus Fellow

Professor Fiona Wilson’s research has ben focused on understanding dynamics of provincial societies, seen in relation to the state and global relations. Earlier work explored changing economies (‘clandestine’ clothing workshops in Mexico and migration).

Recent work has focused on political violence in Andean Peru and social/political position of new professionals (school teachers) in challenging and reinforcing discrimination rooted in ‘race’. This research continues, by focusing on authority, citizenship, networking and ‘doing politics’ in the context of decentralization policy.

Current research project

Democratising Latin America? A study of social networks and participatory politics in Peru (funded by the Danish Socal Science Research Council, 2006-2009)

Research themes

Development processes over the long run, especially in Latin America; State-formation, nationalism, political culture and citizenship; Social/political movements, inequality, conflict; Critical perspectives on development aid models and practice.



Journal Article

Transforming Security and Development in an Unequal World


Security, like development, is seen as something the North delivers through its policy interventions and aid programmes, rather than as the product of changes in the developing South, reflecting the priorities and interests of those most at risk.

1 March 2009

Fiona Wilson’s recent work



The Governance research cluster identifies the following sub-themes of research to ensure citizens are represented and governed fairly in a world of changing state authorities. Taxation Understanding how taxation affects the quality of governance has implications for social justice,...


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...