Drugs and (Dis)order Spatial Borderland Biography Myanmar, 2017-2021

Brittan, Richard and Angell, Matt (2022). Drugs and (Dis)order Spatial Borderland Biography Myanmar, 2017-2021. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Service. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-855743

Drugs & (dis)order is a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project generating new evidence on how to transform illicit drug economies into peace economies in Afghanistan, Colombia and Myanmar. By 2030, more than 50% of the world’s poor will live in fragile and conflict-affected states. And many of today’s armed conflicts are fuelled by illicit drug economies in borderland regions. Trillions of dollars have been spent on the War on Drugs, but securitised approaches have failed. In fact, they often increase state fragility and adversely affect the health and livelihoods of communities and households. In light of these failures, there’s increasing recognition that drug policies need to be more pro-poor and aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But the evidence base for this policy reform is patchy, politicised and contested. Drugs & (dis)order is helping to generate pro-poor policy solutions to transform illicit economies into peace economies. To do this we will: (1) Generate a robust evidence base on illicit drug economies and their effects on armed conflict, public health and livelihoods. (2) Identify new approaches and policy solutions to build more inclusive development and sustainable livelihoods in drugs affected contexts. (3) Build a global network of researchers and institutions in Afghanistan, Colombia, Myanmar and the UK to continue this work.

Data description (abstract)

Geodatabase created to support the research by the Drugs and (dis)order project, investigating the social-political dimensions of illicit drug economies in the context of war to peace transitions in the borderlands of Myanmar. The geodatabase contains spatial data for the borderland areas studied on research sites, points of interest, administrative boundaries, population, transport and road networks, infrastructure (development projects, cell towers, places of worship, visible lights at night), agriculture, land use, hydrology and catchment areas.

Data creators:
Creator Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Brittan Richard Alcis
Angell Matt Alcis
Sponsors: Economic and Social Research Council
Grant reference: ES/P011543/1
Topic classification: Housing and land use
Transport and travel
Trade, industry and markets
Society and culture
Project title: Drugs and (dis)order: Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war
Alternative title: Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war.
Grant holders: Jonathan Goodhand
Project dates:
1 October 201731 March 2022
Date published: 24 May 2022 13:19
Last modified: 01 Jul 2022 16:00

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