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Robin Luckham

Emeritus Fellow

Dr Robin Luckham is a political sociologist with over 50 years professional experience, more than 40 at IDS. He began his academic career in Nigeria and Ghana, and has also worked in the USA and Australia.

Since completing his PhD and book on the Nigerian Military Robin has focused much of his work around the seamier aspects of the state, political violence and development. He has a long record of research and publication on the military and militarism, violent conflict, peace and security – as well as on democracy and democratisation, the legal profession and the political economy of law. He is a founding member of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and of its Executive Committee. He was formerly Chair of the Global Consortium on Security Transformation (GCST) 2006-8 and of the International Advisory Group of the Global Facilitation Network on Security Sector Reform (GFN-SSR) 2002-7.

Languages: French (working knowledge)

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State Fragility and Rural Development

This project for the GIZ considers the specific challenges posed by state fragility in selected countries (Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Nepal and Bolivia) to inform the agency's development cooperation strategy.


Global Consortium on Security Transformation

The Consortium was establishedin 2007 to share research findings and policy lessons amongst regional networks, to promote cross-regional research (South-South as well as South-North), to foster evidence-based policy dialogue and to reach out to a broad range of policy constituencies not normally...



Journal Article

Editorial: Disarmament and Development – the International Context

IDS Bulletin 49.1A

The interconnections between international economic recession, the new Cold War and militarisation in the South are explored to provide a context for the other articles in this Bulletin. SOMMAIRE Editorial: désarmement et développement — le problème international Les rapports entre la...

23 April 2018


Inclusive Peace and Security

IDS Bulletin 49.1A

This IDS Bulletin Archive Collection reviews four decades of analysis and research on peace, security, and development, drawing on articles published in previous issues of the Bulletin throughout this timeframe.

1 April 2018

Robin Luckham’s recent work