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Governance, Development and Peace

Governance, Development and Peace

Positioning ourselves at the intersection of critical interdisciplinary approaches, our research stream is interested in expanding interrogations of ‘development’, ‘governance’ and ‘peace’ in new ways by bringing these areas of inquiry into interdisciplinary conversations.

Prof Ihsan Yilmaz

Ihsan Yilmaz is Research Professor and Chair of Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue at ADI. His research focuses primarily on citizenship; authoritarianism; populism; socio-legal affairs and global Islamic movements.

A/Prof Josh Roose

Josh is a political sociologist and Associate Professor. His research focuses primarily on political and religious extremism, populism and the intersection with citizenship, economies, masculinities, and the rule of law.

Our Research

Our multidisciplinary research considers the political, historical, ethical and strategic problems associated with contemporary practices of development, governance and peacebuilding in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. It explores effective policymaking with respect to national, regional and global development and governance and conflict management. Our research includes studies of efforts to manage the global political economy, including crime and terrorism, civil and international conflict, post-conflict rebuilding and social reconciliation, technological innovation, and the emergence of social media in the context of globalisation.

Our work is situated in the Anthropocene, a new geological era wherein humans are understood to have a profound and irreversible impact on planetary futures. We recognise that peace involves multiple forms of reconciliation involving complex understandings of identity, security, prosperity, democracy, rights and privilege. We are concerned with the personal, grassroots, and global aspects of efforts to promote ‘good governance’. We believe the effective and just development of governance and security is a critical planetary challenge of the 21st century.

Our challenge is to conceptualise development, governance and peace in ways that advance the life goals of the people, communities and species we work with in our research, in the face of the difficulties posed by climate change, great power rivalry, racism, sexism, speciesism, new and old forms of human and nonhuman slavery, inequalities of power and prosperity, political oppression, and armed conflict. We call for alternative forms of theory, translational, national and local identity, heritage, cultural diversity and freedom of expression that is provocative and inclusive of all diversity, across race, gender and species.

Key Research Questions

  1. What legal, institutional and governance arrangements facilitate development in the Anthropocene, responding to diverse issues such as anthropogenic climate change, political/religious extremism and terror, war and refugees, or the sixth mass species extinctions?
  2. How can nation-(un)making projects also become discourses and practices on animalising or making subhuman those beings who are othered to privilege specific articulations of ‘being human’?
  3. What are the most significant governance and development issues facing efforts to promote international peace, security, and post-conflict reconciliation in Asia and beyond? How does the rise of China redefine conventional developmental studies?
  4. How do regimes and populations negotiate landscapes of political activity? What scope do peaceful opponents, including minorities, have to challenge boundaries in authoritarian regimes, particularly in the Middle East?
  5. How can regional and global governance policy be made more effective and publicly accountable, particularly in the regulation of the transnational dimensions of civic and grassroots activism, criminality, and surveillance?

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