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The Routledge Handbook of Smuggling
with co-editor Max Gallien, IDS

The Routledge Handbook of Smuggling offers a comprehensive survey of interdisciplinary research related to smuggling, reflecting on key themes, and charting current and future trends.

Divided into 6 parts and spanning over 30 chapters, the volume covers themes such as mobility, borders, violent conflict, and state politics, as well as looking at the smuggling of specific goods – from rice and gasoline to wildlife, weapons and cocaine. Chapters engage with some of the most contentious academic and policy debates of the twenty-first century, including the historical creation of borders, re-bordering, the criminalisation of migration, and the politics of selective toleration of smuggling. As it maps a field that contains unique methodological, ethical, and risk-related challenges, the book takes stock not only of the state of our shared knowledge, but also reflects on how this has been produced, pointing to blind spots and providing an informed vision of the future of the field.

Bringing together established and emerging scholars from around the world, the Routledge Handbook of Smuggling is an indispensable resource for students and researchers of conflict studies, borderland studies, criminology, political science, global development, anthropology, sociology and geography.

Waiting for Dignity: Legitimacy and Authority in Afghanistan

Waiting for Dignity investigates the composition of legitimacy and authority in Afghanistan, confronting common assumptions of how to ‘build legitimacy’ in conflict zones by delivering services, holding elections or adopting traditional institutions. The book rests on more than 250 interviews conducted in the course of extensive research in Afghanistan.

Money, Power, Respect: The Role of Legitimacy in Modes of Insurgent Financing
with Ashley Jackson, ODI

The project looks at insurgent governance and explores the political dimensions of revenue generation. In particular it investigates how different modes of generating revenue affect the legitimacy of armed groups. The project rests on extensive field research conducted on insurgencies in different Asian countries.

David vs Goliath: Local Resistance to International Interventions in Conflict Zones
with Birte J. Gippert, University of Liverpool

A simple, homebuilt improvised explosive device can be enough to injure or kill soldiers of an intervening force, well trained and equipped with the latest technology. But what drives people to be David and take up a fight against Goliath, resisting international interveners either with violence or politically? The past years have seen a steep incline in the literature on local resistance to international interventions. Nonetheless, there is a stark gap in our understanding of what triggers such local resistance. Adopting a sociological approach to resistance, as a step in a social relationship, we conducted extensive field research in three countries with large international interventions – Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo – to investigate what drives local actors into resistance.