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Contested Development

About the Contested Development Research Domain

Domain members: Helen Adams, Andrew Brooks, Raymond Bryant, Ruth Craggs, Clare Herrick, Alex Loftus, Naho Mirumachi, Daanish Mustafa, Mark Pelling, Debby Potts, Richard Schofield.

The Contested Development research domain at King’s represents one of the largest groupings of development expertise of any Geography department in the UK.  At root, members of the domain adopt a critical approach to the theories, ideologies, practices and politics of development, undertaking empirical research across an array of geographical settings and scales from the international to the local.  We have particular research expertise in Africa, with our members engaged in projects across the continent: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Ethiopia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.  We also have significant expertise in South Asia, areas of the Middle East, Southern Europe and small island states. This feeds into our successful undergraduate and graduate teaching and supports an extensive and vibrant PhD community.

Our research brings together an array of arenas where development matters – the second-hand clothing trade, water resource management, vulnerability to disasters, the politics of global health, modernism and decolonisation, environmentalism, consumption practices, migration and urban livelihoods. These empirical and conceptual research areas are further explored through five sub-themes:

  1. Critical approaches to development (Andrew Brooks, Ruth Craggs, Alex Loftus)
  2. Political ecology (Raymond Bryant, Alex Loftus)
  3. Urban geographies of development (Debby Potts, Ruth Craggs, Clare Herrick)
  4. Power, environment and resources (Daanish Mustafa, Naho Mirumachi, Richard Schofield)
  5. Global health and development (Clare Herrick)


For further details on the Contested Development Domain

Please contact the Domain Chair, Dr Alex Loftus
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7159  

Environment, Politics and Development Research Group, Department of Geography, King's College London



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