Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war

Drugs and (Dis)order is a Global Challenges Research Fund project generating new evidence on how to transform illicit drug economies into peace economies in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar.

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November 26, 2019

Marginal development: states, markets and violence in drug-affected borderlands

Challenging how conflict, development and state-building are conceptualised and responded to, drawing on research from Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar.

Guidance, Publications
October 21, 2019

Data management guidance

Guidance on how to handle research data.

September 4, 2019

There is still time to make Colombia's illicit crop substitution programme work

This blog shares the key results of a survey with coca farmers in two of Colombia's highest coca producing regions.

August 12, 2019

What you didn’t know about Mexico’s opium crisis

The drug fentanyl is devastating Mexican poppy cultivating communities, but it could be an unprecedented opportunity for Mexico.

July 22, 2019

A curious case of unusual economic transformation

Explaining and challenging dominant narratives around illicit crops and development, using the curious case of Myanmar.

Research Sites

The research programme will draw on empirical data from Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar


Afghanistan is estimated to produce 90% of heroin consumed in the UK. We're working in three borderland Afghanistan regions.

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Since Colombia's 2016 peace agreement, coca cultivation has expanded. We're working in four Colombian borderland sites.

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Myanmar is the second largest producer of illicit opium in the world. We're working in two Myanmar borderland states.

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Recent Tweets

🗓️ Want to learn more about drug-affected borderlands in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar?

Join our experts at the @SOASDevelopment seminar series on 26 November 5-7pm in London

Our International Advisory Group is in London for its 2nd annual meeting. Grateful to this expert group for its continued support & feedback. @_Emma_Crewe @SOAS @officialUoM @stabilisationUk @Mark_Shaw_ @UCT_news @DinaBalabanova @LSHTM @GCRF @UKRI_News

Last week, AREU organised a discussion around the #Drugs and (Dis)order Project in #Afghanistan @Drugs_disorder.

Participants discussed topics including the coordination among stakeholders, criminalization and securitization, and much more.

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