Research projects

Ongoing projects

Programme Leader, Sustainable Development programme (Mar 2017 - Aug 2018)

Description
The Sustainable Development Programme is a series of major research projects that will further sustainable development and work to eliminate poverty. The programme forms part of the Government's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

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

Description
This project aims to improve our understanding of when, and how, democracy promotion works.

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.

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.

Governance for Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation (Dec 2016 - Nov 2017)

Description
The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme has been funding research since 2007 and, as it prepares to close, it is funding a series of projects to synthesize findings and lessons from the projects it has funded over the years.

The Political Economy of Power-Sharing in Post-Conflict Situations Funding agency: German Research Foundation (2016 - 2020)

Description
The research project 'The Political Economy of Power-Sharing in Post-Conflict Situations'

Coastal Ecosystem Services for East Africa

Description
This project draws on previous research experience, including from Swahili Seas, to find ways to increase the number of communities that can benefit from PES schemes and the range of ecosystems and ecosystem services that can be protected. A key concern in seeking to upscale pro-poor coastal PES schemes is the need to identify and understand potential barriers and supporting mechanisms within different levels of governance.

Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) (2019-2022)

Description
A prestigious international research initiative, the Developmental Leadership Program, has made its home at IDD with funding in place to continue its work for the next three years.

GSDRC: policy-oriented research (2001-)

Description
For over a decade, IDD has led a cutting-edge research and knowledge management centre, GSDRC. This supports many aid agencies, synthesising the latest evidence and expert thinking to inform policy and practice.

Completed projects 

Networking for fisheries co-management on Lake Victoria, East Africa (Jun 2014 - May 2016)

Description
This research will contribute to co-management theory and practice by investigating the personal networks of fisheries stakeholders to find out who, and what types of relationships, influence fishers' behaviour. Relationships to be investigated might include who is consulted to gain information on where to fish, to whom fishers turn to borrow money or find employment. Such relationships influence fisherfolk behaviour and, in turn, attitudes to and engagement with co-management.

Religions and Development (2005 - 10)

Description
The Religions and Development Research Programme Consortium is an international research partnership.

Provision of Basic Services (2004-15)

Description
The overall aim of the research is to understand how the relationship between government and non-state providers is affected by their different perspectives on public action and how these in turn are affected by the relationship.