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This is a multifaceted theme, entailing research in three areas:

  • global reconfigurations of powers and actors, policy regimes and global governance, the political economy of development, social movements, and social justice;
  • access to and regulation of global markets: financial, health, higher education, labour, product, oil and extractive industries, and the green economy; and
  • modelling and measuring of global changes in identity and culture, inequality and insecurity, policy, and work and employment.



Recent publications


Maconachie, R. and Hilson, G., 2013. Editorial introduction: the extractive industries, community development and livelihood change in developing countries. Community Development Journal , 48 (3), pp. 347-359.

Maconachie, R. and Fortin, E., 2013.'New agriculture' for sustainable development? Biofuels and agrarian change in post-war Sierra Leone. The Journal of Modern African Studies, 51 (2), pp. 249-277.

Maroukis, T. , 2013. Economic crisis and migrants' employment: a view from Greece in comparative perspective. Policy Studies, 34 (2), pp. 221-237.

Devine, J. and White, S. C., 2013. Religion, politics and the everyday moral order in Bangladesh. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 43 (1), pp. 127-147. Arestis, P., Charles, A. and Fontana, G., 2013.Financialization, the great recession, and the stratification of the US labor market. Feminist Economics, 19 (3), pp. 152-180.

Brown, G. , 2013. Malaysia in 2012: Promises of reform; promises met? Southeast Asian Affairs, 2013, pp. 155-167.

Copestake, J. , 2013. Research on microfinance in India: combining impact assessment with a broader development perspective. Oxford Development Studies, 41 (Suppl 1), S17-S34.

Lynch, K., Maconachie, R., Binns, T., Tengbe, P. and Bangura, K., 2013.Meeting the urban challenge? Urban agriculture and post-war development in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Applied Geography, 36, pp. 31-39.

Brown, G. K. , 2012. Trade, employment and horizontal inequalities in new order Indonesia. European Journal of Development Research, 24 (5), pp. 735-752.

Dinerstein, A. , 2012. Interstitial Revolution : on the explosive fusion of negativity and hope. Capital & Class, 36 (3), pp. 521-540.

Johnson, S. and Arnold, S., 2012. Inclusive financial markets: is transformation under way in Kenya? Development Policy Review, 30 (6), pp. 719-748.

Maconachie, R. , 2012. Diamond mining, urbanisation and social transformation in Sierra Leone. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 30 (4), pp. 705-723.

Maconachie, R. , 2012. Reconciling the mismatch? Evaluating competing knowledge claims over soil fertility in Kano, Nigeria. Journal of Cleaner Production, 31, pp. 62-72.

Maconachie, R. , Binns, T. and Tengbe, P., 2012. Urban farming associations, youth and food security in post-war Freetown, Sierra Leone. Cities, 29 (3), pp. 192-200.

Dinerstein, A. C. and Deneulin, S., 2012. Hope movements: naming mobilization in a post-development world. Development and Change, 43 (2), pp. 585-602.

Walton, O. , 2012. Between war and the liberal peace: the politics of NGO peacebuilding in Sri Lanka. International Peacekeeping, 19 (1), pp. 19-34.

Walton, O. , 2012. Peace building without using the word “peace” : National NGOs' reputational management strategies during a peace–to–war transition in Sri Lanka. Critical Asian Studies , 44 (3), pp. 363-390.

Brown, G. K. , 2011. The influence of education on violent conflict and peace: inequality, opportunity and the management of diversity. Prospects: UNESCO Quarterly Review of Comparative Education , 41 (2), pp. 191-204.

Charles, A. , 2011. Fairness and wages in Mexico's maquiladora industry: an empirical analysis of labor demand and the gender wage gap. Review of Social Economy , 69 (1), pp. 1-28.

Charles, A. , Fontana, G. and Srivastava, A., 2011. India, China and the East Asian Miracle: a human capital development path to high growth rates and declining inequalities. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society , 4 (1), pp. 29-48.

Charles, A. and Fontana, G., 2011. A critical assessment of the financialisation process and its impact on the US labour force during the great recession. International Journal of Public Policy , 7 (1/2/3), pp. 97-111.

Copestake, J. , 2011. Well-being in development: Comparing global designs with local views in Peru. European Journal of Development Research, 23 (1), pp. 94-110.

Johnson, S. and Nino-Zarazua, M., 2011. Financial access and exclusion in Kenya and Uganda. The Journal of Development Studies, 47 (3), pp. 475-496.

Maconachie, R. and Hilson, G., 2011. Artisanal gold mining: A new frontier in post-conflict Sierra Leone? The Journal of Development Studies, 47 (4), pp. 595-616.

Maconachie, R. , 2011. Re-agrarianizing livelihoods in post-conflict Sierra Leone? Mineral wealth and rural change in artisanal and small-scale mining communities. Journal of International Development , 23 (8), pp. 1054-1067.

Maconachie, R. and Hilson, G., 2011.Safeguarding livelihoods or exacerbating poverty? Artisanal mining and formalization in West Africa. Natural Resources Forum, 35 (4), pp. 293-303.

Maroukis, T. , Iglicka, K. and Gmaj, K., 2011.Irregular migration and informal economy in Southern and Central-Eastern Europe: Breaking the vicious cycle? International Migration, 49 (5), pp. 129-156.

Miller, D. , Mills, T. and Harkins, S., 2011.Teaching about terrorism in the United Kingdom: how it is done and what problems it causes. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 4 (3), pp. 405-420.


Dinerstein, A. , 2013. Autonomía y esperanza : la nueva gramática de la emancipación social. In:Dinerstein, A. C., ed. Movimientos Sociales y autonomía colectiva. Buenos Aires: Capital Intelectual, pp. 149-173. (Claves del Siglo XXI; 13)

Jawad, R. , 2013. Forthcoming. Reinstating Social Policy in the Arab World: Some New Analytical Perspectives on Religion and Social Citizenship. In : Parker, J., Ashencaen Crabtree, S. and Azman, A., eds.Social Welfare Responses to the Consequences of Civil Unrest in the Muslim World. London: Routledge.

Maroukis, T. and Gemi, E., 2013. Forthcoming. Albanian circular migration in Greece: beyond the state? In :Triandafyllidou, A., ed. Circular migration between Europe and its neighborhood: choice or necessity?Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Walton, O. , 2013. 'Everything is Politics’ : understanding the political dimensions of NGO legitimacy in conflict-affected regions. In : Brown, R. A. and Pierce, J., eds. Charities in the Non-Western World.Abingdon, U.K.: Routledge, p. 19. (Routledge Charities Studies Series)

Walton, O. E. , 2014. Forthcoming. Dealing with authoritarian regimes. In: Handbook on Humanitarian Action. Routledge. 

Brown, G. and Langer, A., eds., 2012. The Elgar Handbook of Civil War and Fragile States. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Brown, G. K. , Langer, A. and Stewart, F., eds., 2012. Affirmative action in plural societies. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. (Conflict, Inequality and Ethnicity)

Maroukis, T. , 2012. Migrant Smuggling : Irregular Migration from Asia and Africa to Europe. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan. (Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship)

Book Sections

Maroukis, T. and Triandafyllidou, A., 2013. Irregular migrant domestic workers in Europe: Major socioeconomic challenges. In: Triandafyllidou, A., ed. Irregular Migrant Domestic Workers in Europe: Who Cares? Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 209-232. (Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series)

Hart, J. , 2012. The ethics of research with children in situations of political violence. In: Fossheim, H., ed.Cross-Cultural Child Research: Ethical Challenges. Oslo: The Norwegian National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and Humanities (NESH).

Brown, G. and Stewart, F., 2012. Horizontal inequalities and market instability in Africa. In: Hino, H.,Lonsdale, J., Ranis, G. and Stewart, F., eds. Ethnic Diversity and Economic Instability in Africa. Cambridge Univ. Press, pp. 254-285.

Brown, G. and Langer, A., 2012. The concept of ethnicity : strengths and limitations for quantitative analysis. In: Hino, H., Lonsdale, J., Ranis, G. and Stewart, F., eds. Ethnic Diversity and Economic Instability in Africa. Cambridge Univ. Press, pp. 56-90.

Buchy, M. and Maconachie, R., 2012. Forthcoming.Exclusionary spaces : Power, poverty and community-based natural resource management in West Africa.In: Sowman, M. and Wynberg, R., eds. Governance for Justice and Environmental Sustainability: Lessons across Natural Resources Sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa.London: Earthscan.

Maconachie, R. , 2012. Artisanal diamond mining and rural livelihoods in Sierra Leone: continuity, change and challenges.In: Van Bockstael, S. and Vlassenroot, K., eds. A Farmer's Best Friend? Artisanal diamond mining and rural change in West and Central Africa. Ghent: Academia Press, pp. 11-32.

Maconachie, R. , 2012. Youth, associations and urban food security in post-war Sierra Leone. In: Ozerdam, A. and Roberts, R., eds. Challenging Post-Conflict Environments: Sustainable Agriculture. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 219-235.

Miller, D. and Sabir, R., 2012. Propaganda and terrorism. In: Freedman, D. and Thussu, D. K., eds. Media and terrorism: global perspectives. London, U. S. A.: Sage, pp. 77-94.

Miller, D. and Sabir, R., 2012.Counterterrorism as counterinsurgency in the UK "war on terror". In: Whyte, D. and Poynting, S., eds. Counter Terrorism and State Political Violence. London: Routledge.

Papadopoulos, T. and Roumpakis, A., 2012.The Greek welfare state in the age of austerity: anti-social policy and the politico-economic crisis. In: Kilkey, M., Ramia, G. and Farnsworth, K., eds. Social Policy Review 24: analysis and debate in social policy, 2012. Bristol, U. K.: Policy Press, pp. 205-230.

Troyer, J. , 2012. War without Death: America's Ingenious Plan to Defeat Enemies without Bloodshed. In:Davies, D. and Park, C. W., eds. Emotion, Identity and Death. Ashgate.

Brown, G. , 2011. Development and conflict: Theoretical and empirical linkages. In: Kozul-Wright, R. andFortunato, P., eds. Securing Peace: State-Building and Economic Development in Post-Conflict Societies.London: Bloomsbury, pp. 53-70.

Carmel, E. K. , Cerami, A. and Papadopoulos, T., 2011.Conclusion : what future for migration? In: Carmel, E. K., Cerami, A. and Papadopoulos, T., eds. Migration and Welfare in the 'New' Europe. Bristol, U. K.: Policy Press, pp. 245-258.

Carmel, E. , 2011. EU migration governance: utility, security and integration. In: Carmel, E. K., Cerami, A.and Papadopoulos, T., eds. Migration and Welfare in the 'New' Europe: Social Protection and the Challenges of Integration. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 49-66.

Devine, J. , 2011. Social change through NGOs : ambiguous struggles and uncertain outcomes? In: Khan, Z. R. and Andaleeb, S. S., eds. Democracy in Bangladesh: Political Dimensions of National Development.Dhaka, Bangladesh: UPL, pp. 145-161.

Goodhand, J. and Walton, O., 2011. Public vs private power : Non-Governmental Organizations and international security. In: McKercher, B. J. C., ed. Routledge Handbook of Diplomacy and Statecraft.Oxford, U. K.: Routledge.

Hart, J. , 2011. Young people and conflict: The implications for education. In: Paulson, J., ed. Education and Reconciliation: Exploring Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations. London: Continuum Books, pp. 11-31.


Reports / Working Papers

Wood, G. D. , 2013. Architects and contractors: political economy analysis of policy research in Pakistan.Other. Islamabad: Sustainable Development Policy Institute.

Walton, O. , 2012. Incentives to the private sector and early recovery : helpdesk research report. Other. Birmingham, U. K.: University of Birmingham.

Walton, O. , 2012. Why legitimacy matters to NGO peacebuilding. Vol. 5. Other. Birmingham, U. K.: International Development Department, University of Birmingham.

Walton, O. , 2012. Impact and VFM of capacity building support for conflict parties in negotiation : helpdesk research report. Other. Birmingham, U. K.: University of Birmingham.

Copestake, J. and Williams, R., 2011. What is the impact of microfinance, and what does this imply for microfinance policy and for future impact studies? Other. Oxford Policy Management.

Goto, R., Da Corta, L., Mascie-Taylor, N. and Devine, J., 2011. Quantitative & qualitative analysis of the changes in extreme poor households (March 2010 - March 2011). Other. Bangladesh: Shiree.

Walton, O. , 2011. Evidence for the effectiveness of a process approach : helpdesk research report. Other. Birmingham, U. K.: University of Birmingham.

Walton, O. , 2011. Early warning indicators of violent conflict : helpdesk report. Other. Birmingham, U. K.: University of Birmingham.