Research in this cluster seeks to understand how global inequalities are produced across time and space, and to analyse how power is exercised and resisted to sustain or overcome inequalities and achieve social justice.

We explore relationships of power, justice and inequalities through many themes, including:

  • ‘Development’
  • The historical injustices of settler colonialism
  • Postcolonialism and decolonisation
  • Urbanisation and uneven development
  • Rural/urban interactions
  • The political ecology of resource access and use
  • Intersectionality
  • Food security
  • Gender, youth and ageing
  • Environmental justice and futures
  • Differential access to basic services
  • The politics of resource distribution and displacement, migration and asylum seeking.

Our work develops new theoretical insights that are grounded in research in local, regional and national contexts in Central and South America, Asia, the Pacific, and the Indian Ocean. We have long-established networks with groups and institutions in these places, and a commitment to collaborative knowledge production. We also develop creative and innovative textual, visual and historical research methods to document and communicate our research insights and influence policies.

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