Governance and the state

Research projects:

The Political Economy of Democracy Promotion (Jan 2016 - Jan 2018)

Description
This project – The Political Economy of Democracy Promotion Project – aims to improve our understanding of when, and how, democracy promotion works. It is a collaboration between the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).

Memorializing struggle: Dynamics of memory, space and power in post-liberation Africa (Sept 2016 - Sept 2019)

Description
Comparing the experiences of South Africa under the ANC and Uganda under the NRM, this research project is concerned with public and social acts of memorialisation in post-liberation states and societies and how certain stories about the past are negotiated and contested.

The contentious politics of the census in consociational democracies (Feb 2017 - Jan 2019)

Description
The project will explore the relationship between the design of political institutions and the likelihood of the census becoming the subject of contentious political debates – a relationship that has thus far received little attention from scholars.

Witchcraft and Conflict: Exploring alternative discourses of insecurity (Jul 2016 - Oct 2017)

Description
This project focuses on exploring three sets of questions: how do African borderland communities understand and articulate security threats and in what ways does 'witchcraft' feature in these articulations? How do African and Western policy-makers, in turn, understand and articulate the major security threats faced by these communities and how far do they consider 'witchcraft' within this? Finally, how should Western researchers and Western/African policy-makers engage with these unfamiliar (in) security discourses, and what challenges does attempting to do so pose?

From data to knowledge: Understanding peace and conflict from afar (Jan 2016 - Jan 2018)

Description
The series engages with a prominent set of debates in contemporary policy-making circles and global scholarship across a range of disciplines, notably Politics, International Relations, Development Studies, Economics and Anthropology. The participation of early-career researchers and scholars from the developing world is a key focus of the series and enhances its strength and credibility.

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