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.

January 30, 2020

Five reflections on Asia's drug policies for the 2020s

Drugs are likely to play a bigger role in Asia, here's why and what it means for the region's drug policies.

December 18, 2019

The historical role of opium and what it tells us about illicit economies today

Jonathan Goodhand explores historical insights from two books and what they tell us about illicit economies today.

Guidance, Publications
October 21, 2019

Data management guidance

Guidance on how to handle research data in complex research contexts.

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.

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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