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ISSUE 9 - MAY 2018
HIGHLIGHTS
Muslim students in UK, US surveyed
ODID researchers are carrying out a large-scale survey that seeks to reveal the most important sources of religious influence over Muslim university students in the UK and US, and where they turn to for religious guidance. The results are likely to be available later this summer.
Young Lives conference
Young Lives will hold a conference in late June to reflect on 15 years of research, and to consider how the research, policy and advocacy worlds can come together to help break cycles of poverty and inequality and improve lives across generations. Read more.

New AP in African Politics
Dr Simukai Chigudu has been appointed Associate Professor of African Politics at ODID and Fellow of St Antony’s College. Dr Chigudu takes up the post formerly held by Raufu Mustapha, who sadly passed away in August 2017. Find out more.

RSC, OPHI impact Highly Commended
The Refugee Studies Centre and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative were Highly Commended for their impact at the inaugural O2RB Excellence in Impact Awards, organised by Oxford, Reading and Oxford Brookes Universities and the Open University.

Xiaolan Fu speaks at Alibaba summit
Professor Xiaolan Fu spoke to more than 3,000 businesspeople from Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) at the inaugural global SME summit organised by online retail giant Alibaba on 'China’s Path to Innovation', held in Hangzhou, China, in April. Find out more.

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NEW PUBLICATIONS
Two new volumes edited by Associate Professor Masooda Bano explore the theological debates and positions taken on core contemporary issues at a selected group of Islamic ‘authority structures’ – institutions, influential individual scholars and schools of thought – in both the West and in Muslim-majority countries.
Modern Islamic Authority and Social Change, Vol 1: Evolving Debates in Muslim Majority Countries and Vol 2: Evolving Debates in the West are published by Edinburgh University Press.
ARTICLES, CHAPTERS & PAPERS

Evan Easton-Calabria and Naohiko Omata (2018) 'Panacea for the refugee crisis? Rethinking the promotion of ‘self-reliance’ for refugees', Third World Quarterly

Xiaolan Fu (2018) ‘Trade in Intangibles and a Global Value Chain-based Framework of International Trade’, TMCD Working Paper No. 078
 
Xiaolan Fu, Zhongjuan Sun and Pervez N Ghauri (2018) 'Reverse knowledge acquisition in emerging market MNEs: The experiences of Huawei and ZTE', Journal of Business Research

Alan Sanchez (2018) ‘Early-life Exposure to Weather Shocks and Human Capital Accumulation: Evidence from the Peruvian Highlands’, Young Lives Working Paper 178

Simone Schotte, Rocco Zizzamia and Murray Leibbrandt (2018) 'A poverty dynamics approach to social stratification: The South African case', World Development

Renu Singh & Protap Mukherjee (2018) ‘Effect of preschool education on cognitive achievement and subjective wellbeing at age 12: evidence from India’, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

Nguyen Thang and Nguyen Thi Thu Hang (2018) Leaving no one behind in a growing Vietnam: The story from Young Lives

Matthew Willner-Reid (2018) 'The Rise of Referendums: A Death Sentence for Multilateralism?', International Spectator
 
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FROM THE BLOG

John Gledhill wrote about a recent mapping exercise he undertook exploring the fields of peace and conflict studies, which found a bias towards the study of violence, as well as limited exchange between the two areas of research. Read the post.

DPhil Myfanwy James wrote about her research exploring the 'people and interactions' that make up everyday humanitarian practice, while aid worker Tony Kiumbe reflected on how his personal identity has shaped his work with conflict actors in the DRC. Read more.

Marco Haenssgen drew on five years of research to challenge the myth of mobile phone ubiquity and call for a more nuanced understanding of how mobiles can be used in development practice - suggesting that while their use might improve efficiency it does not always promote equity.

Severine Deneulin and Diego Sanchez-Ancochea introduced a special section of Oxford Development Studies on 'Urban Inequality, Youth and Social Policy in Latin America', suggesting that improvements in human development outcomes in Latin America have failed to trickle down into the lives of young people, particularly on the urban margins.

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EVENTS & PODCASTS
Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture
Professor Bridget Anderson of the University of Bristol will deliver the 2018 Elizabeth Colson Lecture titled '"Let language not betray us": immigration, enforcement and modern slavery' on Wednesday, 6 June, at the department. Find out more, including how to register, here.

 
ODS Annual Lecture
Listen to a podcast of the 2018 ODS Annual Lecture, 'Advancing Human Development', delivered by Emeritus Professor Frances Stewart on 15 May, here.
Launch of 'Syria'
Listen to a podcast of the launch of Syria: the Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State by Emeritus Professor Dawn Chatty, here.
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