Our research

Conflict, migration and humanitarian action is a key research area of the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) and the Department of Social & Policy Sciences as a whole. This research confronts and seeks principled responses to the violence borne of conflicting interests and competing visions of development. This entails seeking better understanding of the drivers of conflict, but also individual and collective responses to them, paying particular attention to those who are most vulnerable.

Our research contributes to the following key themes:

  • the drivers of precarity and marginality
  • how marginalised groups experience conflict
  • humanitarian response and migration
  • the impact of conflict and migration on social and political mobilisation
  • the intersections between humanitarian response, conflict prevention and social policy
  • the role of civil society in responding to conflict.

Our current projects

Our past projects


Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies