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March 2021

Myanmar: why peace remains elusive

March 8│6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This talk explores why peacebuilding efforts in Myanmar continue to face huge challenges despite the country’s democratic transition and formal peace process.

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February 2021

Drugs & (dis)order: Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war

February 18│3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Drugs & (dis)order researchers present their work in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar helping to transform debates, practices and policies relating to drugs and development in conflict affected and post-conflict states at the University of Cambridge Centre of Development Studies Seminar Series 2021.

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November 2020

Borderlands, conflict and illicit economies: challenges for humanitarian action

18 November 2020│10:00 am

The Drugs & (dis)order research team reflects upon the implications of their research findings for humanitarian actors operating in drug- and conflict-affected contexts.

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October 2020

Poverty, insecurity and migration: reducing COVID-19 risks and vulnerabilities

22 October 2020│5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Speakers discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on mobile populations fleeing poverty and insecurity, and the role of research in proposing solutions.

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August 2020

Fragility Forum 2020 – Pathways out of conflict in borderlands (Part 2)

13 August 2020

Guest experts discuss the implications of new research on illicit economies, development and pathways out of conflict in the borderlands at the World Bank Fragility Forum 2020.

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Wold Bank Fragility Forum 2020 – Pathways out of conflict in borderlands (Part 1)

10 August 2020

Drugs & (dis)order researchers discuss their findings from the borderlands of Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar at the World Bank Fragility Forum 2020.

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July 2020

Tough trade-offs: integrating drugs, development and peacebuilding

29 July 2020│2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Expert speakers discuss how we can rethink the relationship between drugs, development and violence in war-to-peace transitions, what the big trade-offs that need to be tackled are, and how can we better incorporate the voices and perspectives of those involved in illicit economies into policy debates. Launching 'Voices from the borderlands 2020: illicit drugs, development and peacebuilding.'

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Data documentation, metadata and data archiving

17 July 2020│4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

How research projects can prepare data for future reuse, how to document them, why metadata matter and where and how data can be archived or published. 

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Data management: GDPR, consent and anonymisation

15 July 2020│9:00 am - 11:00 am

Data protection and ethical obligations towards research participants play a role in how easily (or not) research data can be shared and reused. In this webinar, you can learn more about how to put those legal and ethical obligations into practice, illustrated with practical examples and Q&A with Drugs & (dis)order Data Manager Veerle Van den Eynden.

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June 2020

Online data management exchange

24 June 2020│11:00 am - 1:00 pm

An exchange of knowledge and experience on data management for projects funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) GROW programme.

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November 2019

Gender, conflict and illicit economies workshop

27 November 2019
SOAS, Russel Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre
London, United Kingdom

A closed-door workshop on the gendered dimensions of illicit economies in conflict-affected states.

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

26 November 2019│5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
SOAS, Russel Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre
London, United Kingdom

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

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The second International Advisory Group meeting

20 November 2019
SOAS, Russel Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre
London, United Kingdom

The group's second meeting to discuss key project activities, research, capacity building, policy engagement and governance.

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Myanmar workshop 2019

18 November 2019 - 22 November 2019

Bringing together the Myanmar partners to analyse emerging findings from year 2 fieldwork, and to plan for the next year's research and engagement work.

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Roundtable event in Kabul

5 November 2019

On 5 November 2019, the Drugs & (dis)order Afghanistan country team held a roundtable discussion with members of the Afghan government and other stakeholders from the research and policy community in Kabul. The event included an overview of the project's goals and preliminary findings to date, as well as two policy briefings: one on the ongoing stakeholder analysis of drugs issues currently being developed by project-partner AREU, and another on the relationship between the illicit drug economy and the Sustainable…

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October 2019

Transitioning from war to peace: what role for the EU in addressing illicit economies?

24 October 2019
Brussels Belgium

Drugs & (dis)order experts join the Civil Society Dialogue Network policy meeting to inform how the EU can better engage with the issue of illicit economies in its development and conflict prevention work.

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Comparative research workshop

21 October 2019 - 22 October 2019

Partners meet in London to develop the comparative research component of the project.

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First conference of the Latin America Network on Drug Studies (REDESDAL)

15 October 2019 - 16 October 2019
Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico

Latin American academics working on illicit drugs meet for the first conference of the Latin America Network on Drug Studies (REDESDAL) in Mexico City.

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August 2019

Colombia’s national illicit crop substitution programme: voices from the coca farms

12 August 2019│8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Universidad del Rosario (Sede Claustro), Auditorio 1001, Torre 2
Bogota, Colombia

To inform debates on the future of Colombia's illicit crop substitution programme, this event shares the results of a participatory study with coca farmers.

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July 2019

Peace, illicit drugs and the SDGs: a development gap

11 July 2019│6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SOAS, Brunei Lecture Theatre
London, WC1H 0XG United Kingdom
Policy brief launch - panel discussion.

Peace, drug economies and the SDGs, policy brief launch and expert panel discussion.

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