Governance, Power and Participation

Our research on governance, power relations, participation and citizen engagement, informs change processes in pursuit of social justice and social change. With power and politics central to our analysis, we support the generation of new evidence that contributes to improved processes for good governance, citizen engagement, empowerment and accountability.

We pioneer new ways of working with governments, communities, activists and academics, to understand the complex relationships and processes that exist across states, markets, and citizens, and between formal and informal institutions, to tackle issues such as digital inequalities, women’s participation and empowerment, decentralisation and local governance, rapid urbanisation, migration, taxation and domestic resource mobilisation, food security and hunger and nutrition. These draw on our extensive expertise in complex approaches to how change happens.  Through our research and policy partnerships we are also bringing new insights on the role that rising powers and emerging economies such as China and Brazil have in relation to global governance and tackling development challenges such as sustainability and poverty.  Our world-renown participatory research has a particular emphasis on systematic social exclusion facing women, people living in extreme poverty, people with disabilities, slaves bonded labourers, indigenous peoples and others. We advance cutting edge methodological development in action research, participatory visual methods, participatory mapping, participatory statistics, participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) amongst others.


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Alex Shankland

Research Fellow

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Aly Khalil

PhD Research Student

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Anuradha Joshi

Research Fellow

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Becky Carter

Research Officer

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Brigitte Rohwerder

Research Officer

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Colin Anderson

Research Officer

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Danny Burns

Professorial Research Fellow

Programmes and centres



Wellbeing, Housing and Infrastructure in Turkey (WHIT)

This research and action project will contribute to finding ‘durable solutions’ for housing infrastructural deficits in Turkey, in the context of large scale displacement of Syrian refugees and rapid urbanisation.

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Journal Article

The Fashion of Being Unfashionable

IDS Bulletin 1.2

It is the fashion to be unfashionable. Mr. Enoch Powell considers it a sufficient ground for condemning overseas aid to say that it is "intellectually fashionable". In the fashionably unfashionable current anti-aid crusade, Right and Left meet on common ground. The Left argues that the purpose...

Paul Streeten

1 May 1968

Journal Article

Aid: Its Utility and Its Future

IDS Bulletin 1.2

Enoch Powell remarks that 'there is no electoral pull in "aid"'; to most people "aid" is positively and increasingly unpopular'; hence, perhaps his opposition to it. But however politically opportune, his views have a certain consistency. Aid in the post-colonial world is lseen in various ways...

Robert Sutcliffe

1 May 1968

Journal Article

Towards a General Preference System

IDS Bulletin 1.1

The resolution of UNCTAD I (Final Act Annex A: 111:5) and UNCTAD II (UNCTAD Document No. TD/II/RES/21) on the subject of preferences are substantially the same. The resolution passed in New Delhi does not, however, reflect the substantial progress which has been made on the subject since...

David Wall

1 January 1968