According to the United Nations, 54 per cent of the world’s population currently live in urban areas. This is expected to rise to 66 per cent by 2050. Fragile and conflict affected countries are experiencing rapid urbanisation. Urban populations in these countries are also vulnerable to disaster risk. According to a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), more than 50 per cent of those affected by natural disasters live in conflict affected countries.

A timely and nuanced assessment of the political factors and trends in urbanisation is critical for setting policy priorities and devising sound programme strategies. We at Bodhi Global Analysis combine academic training and policy experience to deliver high-level cross-sectoral assessments in urban settings.

We adopt a participatory approach and have access to a global network of experts, think tanks, and local actors enabling us to ensure that our analyses reflect realities on the ground and diverse perspectives.


At Bodhi Global Analysis, our mission is to enable international development stakeholders to develop responsive interventions and effective outcomes that are embedded in a sound understanding of the political economy and conflict dynamics of urban settings.


Rapid urbanisation presents developing countries with many new challenges. Amongst these is a marked increase in urban-based conflict. At Bodhi Global Analysis we believe that focusing on the unique challenges facing urban areas in the developing world will help to mitigate and prevent conflict, and foster a better understanding of the urban political economy.


Dr Anna Louise Strachan

Founding Director

Anna holds a PhD in International Relations from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Her expertise is in conflict analysis, and she has experience of producing conflict analyses for DFID, the European Commission and the Australian Government. She is a native English speaker proficient in Arabic, French, German, and Swedish.

Dr Sadhvi Sharma

Founding Director

Sadhvi holds a PhD in International Political Economy from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is an expert in the political economy of the environment with particular focus on governance and natural resources in Asia. She has worked extensively in the non-profit and policy sectors as a research consultant on non-traditional security and climate change issues. She is a native English speaker proficient in Hindi, Urdu, Indonesian and Swedish.