Street protests in Dili during the mid-2006 conflict in Timor-Leste.
The project aims to re-think conventional assumptions and offer new insights into the determinants of urban violence, including in particular identifying context-specific circumstances under which everyday urban conflict becomes violent.
Water pump in Zimbabwe
Living in rural Africa has long been synonymous with being poor and water insecure - but rapid growth in mobile handset ownership and mobile network coverage could resolve one of its oldest problems: safe and reliable water access.
Aiming to improve the understanding of the impact of deaths of working-age adults; examine demographic changes and poverty dynamics; and assess the social policy interventions designed to mitigate the impact of the AIDS epidemic.
Abandoned mining machinery
The rate of sectoral transformation from rural agrarian to urbanised mining economies requires time for policymakers to appreciate the developmental processes underway. This study focuses on economic, social and cultural changes associated with rapid and/or erratic rates of urban growth by mining expansion in Angola, Ghana and Tanzania.
Examining whether and how Africans, particularly the poorest and least politically enfranchised, use new communication technologies to voice their opinion and to engage in a public debate on interactive broadcast media.
This study aims to explore how schools in Africa can help HIV-affected children cope with disease and poverty, developing a model of the 'HIV competent school' as a resource for education professionals and policy makers.
There is continued and growing demand for high quality evidence of the impact of development activities. This project, in collaboration with three NGOs, aims to have impact on methodological debates.
Examining the politics of welfare programmes in Africa, i.e. what ‘works’ politically and why, and analysing the political conditions and factors that either favour or impede the implementation of social assistance programmes.
Results from this research changed education policy and practice, particularly in Ghana; and transport policy and practice, shown through the inclusion of children in the Tanzania Draft National Transport Policy Framework.

Principal Investigator: Colin Graham Thirtle. Lead Organisation: Imperial College London

Co-investigators: Jenifer Piesse; Andrew Ross Doward; Marthinus Gouse; Johann Frederick Kirsten; Colin Poulton

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