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Niranjan J. Nampoothiri

Research Assistant

Niranjan J. Nampoothiri is a Research Assistant at the Power and Popular Politics cluster. He works across a portfolio that explores themes of collective action, transparency and accountability, citizen-state relations and political socialization.

Niranjan works on the FCDO-funded ‘Action for Accountability and Empowerment’ (A4EA) programme and ESRC-funded ‘Learning on the Street’ project at IDS. A4EA programme studies how social and political action in fragile and conflict settings affect accountability and empowerment. The ‘Learning on the Street’ project studies youth political socialization in the informal markets of Zimbabwe. His research interests include understanding citizen-state relations and particularly how collective action can succeed in demanding change from the state and private sector.

Before joining IDS, Niranjan worked on rights-based advocacy for health and education in India.



Urbanisation in Africa and China

As African countries experience rapid urbanisation, there is a need to ensure that this process is well managed, and underpinned by strong public policy and social governance, to support economic development and social welfare. China has much to share from its experience of rapid...


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...


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...



Navigating Civic Space in a Time of Covid: Synthesis Report

Since long before the Covid-19 pandemic emerged in 2020, civic space has been changing all over the globe, generally becoming more restricted and hazardous. The pandemic brought the suspension of many fundamental freedoms in the name of the public good, providing cover for a deepening...

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Colin Anderson & 10 others

18 May 2021