The Department of Development Studies, SOAS, has built up a critical mass of research on violence and peace in recent years, producing internationally renowned work. Researchers in this cluster include team teachers on the core course of the MSc Violence, Conflict and Development and the MSc Migration, Mobility and Development. Researchers investigate the causes, dynamics, meanings, effects of and responses to violence in the context of the processes of primitive accumulation, the forced migration of people, the gendered legacy of conflict, and the mechanisms for intervening to address the effects of conflict. These areas are analysed from diverse perspectives, drawing on the disciplines of economics, anthropology and political science.

Current Research Themes include:

  • War and war-to-peace transitions
  • Fragile states and post-conflict reconstruction
  • Borderlands and boundaries
  • Demobilisation, armies and non-state armed groups
  • Forced migration, mobilities and identity
  • Humanitarian relief in areas of conflict
  • Gender and violence
  • Security and terror

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