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Conflict security and development

Africa Mozambique Maputo 1993.Street scene

There are complex connections between conflict, security and development. While processes of social change can be violent and generate conflict, development is often framed as a means to ensure peace and security. The linkages between security and development receive increasing attention within development policy and practice at local national, international and global scales.

Our research scrutinises and re-thinks the impacts of community engagements , international aid, peacebuilding interventions, socio-economic development towards unilinear cycles of violenc e and efforts deployed to achieve inclusive development and sustainable peace. Understanding this contentious field of development often requires critical engagement with the interests and capabilities of a diverse range of actors, including states, non-state armed actors, non-governmental organisations, and multi-national corporations.

We welcome research projects that adopt interdisciplinary and/or anthropological approaches to conflict, security and development and that interrogate important methodological and ethical questions for Development Studies.

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Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

  • Securitisation of development
  • Non-state actors in security and conflict
  • Post-conflict development
  • Policing and crime in the Global South
  • Peacebuilding and Transitional justice
  • International Interventions, Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Inequality, violence and insecurity
  • Gender, development and security

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Dr Ben Lampert, Discipline Convenor
+44 (0)1908 655434

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.