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Political life of an epidemic
A new book by Simukai Chigudu traces the historical origins of Zimbabwe's 2008-9 cholera outbreak, examining the social pattern of its unfolding and impact, analysing the institutional and communal responses to the disease, and marking the effects of its aftermath. The book launches at ODID on February 10.

Cheryl Doss gives ASSA keynote
Cheryl Doss, who is President of the International Association for Feminist Economics, delivered an address at ASSA 2020 titled, 'Diffusion and Dilution: The power and perils of integrating feminist perspectives into household economics'. Watch it here.

Understanding extremism in Nigeria
A new book edited by the late Abdul Raufu Mustapha and Kate Meagher of the London School of Economics offers fresh insights into the drivers of Islamic radicalisation in Nigeria and beyond, and examines how it can be contained. Find out more.

South Africa liberation movements
Professor Jocelyn Alexander is co-editor of two new volumes, one offering new perspectives on southern Africa’s wars of national liberation and the second drawing together interviews with participants in Zimbabwe’s struggle for independence. Find out more.

Network for holistic education
The Educere Alliance, a network of scholars, educators, project leaders, and policy-makers promoting holistic education and mindful pedagogy, has launched a new website. The network grew out of a GCRF project held at ODID by Elizabeth Rahman.

UN Technology Bank
UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres has reappointed Xiaolan Fu to the Council of the United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries. The bank became operational in 2018, marking achievement of the first SDG target target 17.8.

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A new book by Robin Cohen and Nicholas Van Hear sets out their proposal for a radical new solution to the problems arising from mass displacement – ‘Refugia’ a new, networked, transnational archipelago created by and for refugees. This unusual book combines social science fiction, utopianism, pragmatism, sober analysis, and innovative social theory to craft an original – and controversial – response to the issue.

Robin Cohen and Nicholas Van Hear (2019) Refugia: Radical Solutions to Mass Displacement, Routledge.


Cathryn Costello (2020) 'Overcoming refugee containment and crisis', German Law Journal 

Andrés Fernández Arauz (2019) ‘The MPI as a Tool for Achieving Poverty Reduction Goals’, OPHI Policy Briefing No 51

Matthew Gibney (2019) 'Banishment and the pre-history of legitimate expulsion power', Citizenship Studies

Brian Gorlick  (2019) 'The Rohingya refugee crisis: rethinking solutions and accountability', RSC Working Paper No 131

Adeel Malik and Max Gallien (2019) ‘Border economies of the Middle East: why do they matter for political economy?’, Review of International Political Economy

Alula Pankhurst (2020) 'Informing Early Childhood Education in Ethiopia: Insights from Young Lives Research on the O-Class Programme', Ethiopia Research Brief No 3
Cory Rodgers (2020) 'The “host” label: forming and transforming a community identity at the Kakuma Refugee Camp', Journal of Refugee Studies
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'India’s great diversity – of language, religion, dress, food habits, history, identity and more – can hardly be trussed into some tight garb of Hindu unity'. Nikita Sud wrote in the Wire on how India under Modi has followed the authoritarian playbook – but cracks are starting to show.
In an interview with Jacobin magazine, our former head of department Valpy FitzGerald spoke about new OECD proposals to tackle corporate tax avoidance by multinationals – saying that while he welcomes the move to tax companies globally, rather than locally, developing countries are likely to miss out on the benefits:
Analysing virality, signalling and contagion in online responses can help us understand whether international crises are likely to escalate or not – Corneliu Bjola explained how in a blog post drawing on social media reaction to the killing of Qasem Soleimani.
Robtel Neajai Pailey spoke about the importance of diaspora contributions to home and host countries, and the need to include race in scholarly debates about migration, in an interview on the sidelines of the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Quito, Ecuador, this month.
Drawing on his recent book on Hindu-Muslim relations, Joerg Friedrich has written an article for the Madras Courier, asking whether Indian secularism can serve as a model for European liberals, or a warning. Read the article here.
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