Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Oliver Walton

Oliver Walton


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PhD Supervision
  • Andrew Johnstone: 'How is UK fragile states policy made? A case study of the Stabilisation Unit/Conflict Pool’s role in UK policymaking since 2010'
  • Ngoc Anh Vu (2nd supervisor): 'Civil society activism in authoritarian contexts'
  • Hannah West 'Understanding Female Engagement: From Malaya to Afghanistan'


Oliver Walton is a Lecturer in International Development specialising in NGO politics, conflict and peacebuilding.

His research focuses on the ways in which NGOs and civil society organisations generate and maintain legitimacy, and on the political implications of NGOs’ engagement in peacebuilding. He has also conducted research on liberal peacebuilding, third-party mediation, and conflict prevention.

Prior to joining the University of Bath in March 2013, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC), based at the University of Birmingham.  He completed a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) in 2010, which focused on national NGOs involved in peacebuilding in Sri Lanka. He has experience of working for a range of NGOs in the UK and Sri Lanka, and has worked as a consultant and evaluator for a number of donor agencies (including DFID, UNDP, NORAD, OECD and AusAID). 

Research interests

  • Civil Society and NGO Legitimacy
  • Political Economy of War and Peace
  • Post-War Transitions
  • Mediation and conflict resolution
  • Framing and Organisational Legitimacy
  • Borderlands

Current projects


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