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Research interests

Oliver Walton is a Senior Lecturer in International Development specialising in the political economy of war-to-peace transitions, NGO politics, conflict and peacebuilding. 

His research has focuses on the political economy of war to peace transitions, civil society, NGOs and NGO legitimacy. Recent work has examined the role of borderlands and brokers in post-war transitions in Nepal and Sri Lanka, and the role of alcohol in conflict-affected regions.

 

Teaching interests

My teaching focuses on two areas: (1) the politics of development (with a particular focus on South Asia) and (2) the intersections between conflict, development and peacebuilding. 

In 2019, I was the joint winner of the University's Mary Tasker Award for excellence in teaching

Other responsibilities

Oliver is Director of Studies for the MSc programmes in International Development, and the blended learning MSc programme in Humanitaranism, Conflict and Development.

Prior to joining the University of Bath in March 2013, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC), based at the University of Birmingham. He completed a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) in 2010, which focused on national NGOs involved in peacebuilding in Sri Lanka. He has experience of working for a range of NGOs in the UK and Sri Lanka, and has worked as a consultant and evaluator for a number of donor agencies (including DFID, UNDP, NORAD, OECD and AusAID).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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