(December 2007 - September 2011)
The Crisis States Research Centre (CSRC) of the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN) of the London School of Economics (LSE) has engaged the Collective as a partner research organization in its research on cities and states in developing countries. The main focus of the CSRC is on countries where the state is facing serious challenges as a coherent entity - either because there is already conflict, or because some preconditions for institutional breakdown are thought to exist. The Collective is carrying out research in three cities in Pakistan that have either undergone internal conflict, or are associated with an external conflict due to their proximity to a border region.
Azmat Budhani, Haris Gazdar, Sobia Ahmad Kaker and Hussain Bux Mallah,The Open City: Social Networks and Violence in Karachi. Crisis States Working Paper No. 70 (Series 2). Crisis States Research Centre, DESTIN, LSE, London. March 2010.
Haris Gazdar, Sobia Ahmad Kaker and Irfan Khan,Buffer Zone, Colonial Enclave or Urban Hub? Quetta: between four regions and two wars. Crisis States Working Paper No. 69 (Series 2). Crisis States Research Centre, DESTIN, LSE, London. February 2010.