Research

Comparing the Copperbelt: Political Culture and Knowledge Production in Central Africa

Comparing the Copperbelt

This project provides the first comparative historical analysis – local, national and transnational - of the Central African copperbelt, a globally strategic mineral region central to the history of two nation-states (Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)) and wider debates about the role of mineral wealth in development. The project is led by Dr Miles Larmer in Oxford and is funded by the ERC under the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme.

China's Health Environment and Welfare (CHEW) Research Group

Resource extraction in rural China, 2010, photo by Anna Lora-Wainwright

The China's Health Environment and Welfare (CHEW) Research Group aims to bring together graduate students and academic staff who are researching environment and welfare issues in China and beyond. The project aims to promote interdisciplinary dialogues and encourage future collaborations between participants. By providing the platform for such discussions, hosting speakers series and workshops we aim to create a hub for discussing environmental problems, receiving critical feedback and discussing pressing issues and approaches to environment and welfare. 

LAC - CAF Collaboration

LAC, CAF, Collaboration Agreement

On 9th May 2011, the Latin American Centre signed a collaboration agreement with CAF Development Bank of Latin America. The agreement encourages both institutions to combine efforts to generate and diffuse knowledge of Latin America, as an essential tool for economic and social development of the region.

Coalitional Presidentialism Project

Overview

The project is motivated by the surprising sustainability of multiparty presidentialism in Africa, Latin America, and postcommunist Europe.

Despite predictions to the contrary, presidents have been remarkably successful at winning legislative support from fragmented legislatures. The project has two principal objectives: (1) to identify the tools that presidents use to govern in concert with multiparty legislatures and (2) to assess the effects of these tools on horizontal accountability in new democracies.

The Impact of Transitional Justice

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Transitional justice (TJ) is a set of policy mechanisms aimed at actively promoting human rights protections. It is broadly defined as the judicial and non-judicial processes designed to reckon with past human rights violations following periods of political turmoil, state repression, or armed conflict. This project analyses the success of TJ in achieving goals of improving democracy and human rights and ending conflict.

Resistance to waste incineration in rural China - Anna Lora-Wainwright, Thomas Johnson and Lu Jixia

This project is supported by a three-year grant (2014-2017) titled 'Coalitions of the "weak": fighting pollution at China's rural-urban interface', funded by Hong Kong Research Grants Council (HK$457,168). It started in 2013 as a collaboration with Dr. Thomas Johnson (City University of Hong Kong) and Dr. Lu Jixia (China Agricultural University). We carried out an extensive documentary research, several interviews with lawyers and NGO workers, and exploratory fieldwork in three sites (Hebei, Guangdong and Sichuan). Further fieldwork will take place in 2016 and 2017.

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