Dr Martin Rew



International Development Department

Martin Rew

Contact details

International Development Department
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


Research Interests

  • Combined methods in poverty analysis
  • Political economy, labour migration and globalisation
  • Anthropology of the state
  • Governance, decentralisation and political devolution 
  • Rural livelihood sustainability
  • Social movements
  • Donor approaches to political economy analysis
  • Research methods
  • Minorities and resettlement in China
  • South Asia, specifically India and the eastern and central tribal belt of the country, including Orissa, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

Current and recent projects

  • Decentralisation, elites and political devolution in Orissa, rural labour relations and migration in Orissa, and the political economy of mining and protest in eastern India


(2011). Religion and Development 1: Anthropology, Islam, transnationalism and emerging analyses of violence against women. Progress in Development Studies 11, 1. pp. 69-76.

(2011) with G. Gangoli. Mothers-in-law against daughters-in-law: Domestic violence and legal discourses around mother-in-law violence against daughters-in-law in India. Women's Studies International Forum 34. pp. 420–429.

Rew M, Slater R, Singh A, Tang K (2007) Review of DFID’s Evaluation Framework for Political Analysis

Rew M, Rew A, Khan S (2007) 'P3>Q2 in Northern Orissa: An Example of Integrating “Combined Methods” (Q2) Through a “Platform for Probing Poverties” (P3)', World Development 35.2, pp 281-295

Rew M, Slater R, Tang K, Singh A (2006) Orissa Drivers of Change, DFID, New Delhi

Rew M, Rew A (2005) 'Quality at some point became quantity: flawed "participatory" and other poverty assessments from northern Orissa', Focaal - European Journal of Anthropology 45.

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