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ISSUE 20 - MARCH 2020
 
A message from the Head of Department

I write to you as Head of Department in chaotic and difficult times. I hope that everyone receiving this newsletter – students and colleagues, members of the University of Oxford, members of other universities, alumni – remains healthy.

As you will see below, ODID colleagues and students are actively participating in discussions on the coronavirus and considering its implications for social policy, poverty, mobility, and governance. I expect many contributions from our community in the future and look forward to reading your own views on the subject.

This newsletter is also a reminder of ODID's participation in many other development debates, with new books and articles and a major funding achievement by Young Lives. We will of course continue doing more of the same in the future… but we will do so at a different pace while we get used to the online world and to the many new obligations that we all have at home.

Please stay healthy and keep in touch!

— Professor Diego Sánchez-Ancochea
 
CORONAVIRUS COMMENTARY
Nikita Sud headshot
Nikita Sud was interviewed by TRT World on the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on India's poor and informally employed, highlighting in particular the plight of internal migrants who may be stranded far from home and daily wage earners who live from one meal to the next. 
Robin Cohen wrote about 'panic mobility’ – the phenomenon in which humans act as somewhat unwitting bearers (or vectors) of lethal viruses by moving rapidly away from known sites of infection in significant numbers. 
Ivan Manokha writes in an article for OpenDemocracy that the pandemic has revealed how pervasive surveillance mechanisms have become, suggesting that data mining companies are likely to gain further acceptance, to the detriment of democracy.
Corneliu Bjola co-authored a post with former DPhil student Ilan Manor analysing how amid the pandemic foreign ministries have made effective use of social media to quickly disseminate advice, to protect and reshape national images, and to counter digital disinformation.
DPhil Rocco Zizzamia co-authored an article for the Conversation, arguing that to support precarious households that are unable to access relief being offered during the lockdown and its aftermath, the South African government should 'top up' the existing child support grant.

 
Visit our 'Development in the time of coronavirus' forum for all the latest commentary from the ODID community.
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Coronavirus app
ODID DPhil student Alex Barnes is part of a team developing a new app, Keep Your Distance, to help people maintain social distancing by showing when supermarkets and other key business are most crowded. Find out more.
HIGHLIGHTS

Young Lives win new funding
We are delighted to announce that the UK’s Department for International Development has awarded £9.4 million in new funding to Young Lives to enable them to continue their longitudinal study into children and youth around the world. Read more.

'New Generation Thinker'
Associate Professor Tom Scott-Smith has been chosen by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the BBC to be one of ten 'New Generation Thinkers'. He will work with them to develop exciting new ways to take research to wider audiences. Read more.
ODS relaunches
Oxford Development Studies (ODS), the multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal edited from ODID, has relaunched, with revised aims and scope, a restructuring of its editorial advisory board to increase inclusion of both women and scholars based in the global South, and a new cover design. Read more.
Indigenous leaders in Oxford
Associate Professor Laura Rival brought together renowned academics, film-makers, indigenous leaders and public intellectuals from Brazil as well as multi-disciplinary specialists on the Brazilian Amazon for a series of events in Oxford earlier this year. Read more.
Youth Ambassador for Peace
We are delighted that our former student Moctar Kane has been selected from over 1,700 applicants to be one of five new African Union Youth Ambassadors for Peace. Moctar, who completed the MPhil in Development Studies in 2016, is ambassador for West Africa. Read more.
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NEW PUBLICATIONS

A new book by Associate Professor Simukai Chigudu explores the political life of the 2008 cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe, tracing its historical origins, examining the social pattern of its unfolding and impact, analysing institutional and communal responses, and marking the effects of its aftermath. 

Simukai Chigudu (2020) The Political Life of an Epidemic: Cholera, Crisis and Citizenship in Zimbabwe, Cambridge University Press

A new book by Professor Masooda Bano presents an in-depth analysis of a new movement that is transforming the way that young Muslims engage with their religion – a revival of Islamic rationalism – and suggests that this, rather than jihadism, is emerging as one of the most influential movements in the contemporary Muslim world.

Masooda Bano (2019) The Revival of Islamic Rationalism: Logic, Metaphysics and Mysticism in Modern Muslim Societies, Cambridge University Press

A new open access book published by Young Lives and Canada's International Development Research Centre offers fresh insights about what life is like for adolescents who are married along with evidence to support work to end child marriage. The volume spans rural and urban settings across Bangladesh, Cote d'Ivoire, India, Mali, Niger, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Togo and Zambia.   

Gina Crivello and Gillian Mann (2020) Dreaming of a Better Life: Child Marriage Through Adolescent Eyes, Young Lives and IDRC

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review, with a major feature on ‘Cities and towns’, is online at www.fmreview.org/cities.

In the issue, policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, representatives of cities and international city-focused alliances, and displaced people themselves debate the challenges facing both the urban authorities and their partners, and the people who come to live there.

ARTICLES & PAPERS

Xiaolan Fu, Peter J Buckley and Xiaoqing Maggie Fu (2020) 'The Growth Impact of Chinese Direct Investment on Host Developing Countries'International Business Review

Emma Montoya (2020) 'Perverse incentives: an analysis of the border-management industry in the United States', RSC Working Paper No 132

Oliver Mweemba and Gillian Mann (2020) ‘Young Marriage, Parenthood and Divorce in ZambiaYoung Lives Research Report

Robtel Neajai Pailey and David Harris (2020) '“We don’t know who be who”: post-party politics, forum shopping and Liberia’s 2017 elections'Democratization
 
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