The RAPID cluster is an arena for the academic discussion, critique and development of new research, teaching and publication in the field of rights and power in development. The cluster provides a platform for the discussion of staff and student's policy and applied research.
Whilst supportive of rights-based development, RAPID encourages a reflexive and non-essentialist approach to rights and their interpretations. As such, both normative and non-normative understandings of rights are recognised, whereby political structures, discourses, ideologies and systems of knowledge are seen as determinant of their power, meaning and outcome.
RAPID is involved in the following sub-fields of research and teaching:
- Gender Rights
- Marginalized and Indigenous Peoples Rights
- Labour Rights
- Water Rights and Governance
- Land Rights and Study of the Impacts of Land Acquisitions
- Environmental Politics and Rights to Resources
- Socio-environmental Conflict and Strategies for Resolution
- Legal Pluralism
- The Role of Civil Society in REDD
- Security and Development
RAPID is an inter-disciplinary research group with members from a diverse disciplinary background including anthropology, geography, sociology, political science, economy, development and environmental studies.