Dr Martin Rew

Dr Martin Rew

International Development Department

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.