Suda Perera

Suda Perera

Suda is a DLP Research Fellow based at the University of Birmingham's International Development Department. Her doctoral thesis examined the role of Rwandan refugees in the conflict dynamics of the eastern Congo. Suda’s current research focuses on the role of non-state actors in developmental leadership. For example, she is examining how armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo can be transformed into legitimate political actors who provide wider representation for marginalised citizens. 


What's so 'African' about African leadership?

1st April 2014

Does a focus on 'African' leadership obscure the rich and diverse nature of Africa's many states and get in the way of useful lessons from other parts of the world?

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Being 'there': Reflections on fieldwork in the DRC

5th November 2014

Fieldwork in fragile places - Part 1: The security dilemma. Staying safe while collecting the data that matters. 

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Being 'there': Bermuda Triangulation

6th November 2014

Fieldwork in fragile places - Part 2: Data difficulties. Adapting methodology to 'messy' contexts.

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Shuffling the decks: quick fixes versus long-term stability

22nd January 2015

(First published as a guest post for the ODI's Development Progress blog)

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Research methods and marshalling messy data: Dear Diary

2nd September 2015

Just a few months ago, when the sheer scale of my current project was beginning to overwhelm me, I began to keep a research diary. 

I had set out to examine why, after two decades of international intervention and aid, armed groups were not only as prevalent in the DRC as they had ever been, but were proliferating. The question I was trying to answer was admittedly a broad one – what is it that we’ve missed about armed groups? Researching this topic revealed more questions than answers. 

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DRCongo: where a decade of failed democracy has exposed the electoral fallacy

19th December 2016

It takes more than a fairly-won election to guarantee that the elected will put their citizens first, rather than themselves. (Guest post for Africa at LSE)

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