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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: Britain: A Case for Development?

IDS Bulletin 48.1A

For the past four years the major industrial Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries have been in the throes of a crisis brought to a head by the oil price rises of 1973–4, but arising from longer run difficulties which had already begun to appear by the late...

16 August 2019


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.

23 April 2018

Robin Luckham’s recent work



The Governance research cluster works across a number of thematic areas that are focused on ensuring citizens are represented and governed fairly in a world of changing state authorities. Our work critically examines public authority and the institutions, networks and politics that shape it....