Oliver Walton


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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. 

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).

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Research Output

Marginal gains: Borderland dynamics in post-war Nepal

Walton, O., Goodhand, J. & Thapa, D. (ed.), 6 Mar 2019, The Politics of Change: Reflections on Contemporary Nepal. Asia Foundation, p. 66-87 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Beyond disaster framing: exploring multi-mandate INGOs’ representations of conflict

Walton, O., 2018, In : Third World Quarterly. 39, 4, p. 642-660 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    149 Downloads (Pure)

    Borderlands and Peacebuilding: A view from the Margins

    Walton, O. (ed.), Plonski, S. (ed.), Yousef, Z. (ed.), Goodhand, J. (ed.) & Meehan, P. (ed.), 1 Nov 2018, London: Conciliation Resources. 84 p. (Accord Insight; no. 4)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access

    Introduction: Conflict and peace in borderlands

    Walton, O. & Plonski, S., 1 Nov 2018, Borderlands and Peacebuilding: A view from the margins. London, U. K., (Accord Insight; no. 4).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Living on the Margins: The Role of Borderland Brokers in Post-War Transitions

    Walton, O., Goodhand, J. & Pollock, L., 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • Thesis

    Civil society activism in authoritarian contexts: (re)structuring state-society relations in Vietnam

    Author: Vu, N. A., 6 Oct 2017

    Supervisor: Devine, J. (Supervisor) & Walton, O. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD