Scholarship


I came to Newcastle in September 1997 from Keele University in Staffordshire. Before that I taught in the United States (at Williams College and Johns Hopkins University) and in Australia (at Australian National University). I also taught at a summer school programme in Bosnia-Herzegovina (University of Tuzla) in 1996.

The enduring focus of my academic research — contained in two books and numerous articles — is the question of how changing global power relations affect either post-colonial Africa in particular or the so-called majority world in general (also know as the Third World or global South). Within that broad frame are four overlapping and complementary categories. The first is theories and models of development (theory). Africa in the world economy (Africa) is the second main strand of my work. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are a third research strand.┬áThe final strand of my work is around identity, images and representation (images).

Underpinning all four research strands are a number of enduring questions: 1) how the ideologies and policies of dominant actors and institutions come to appear normal through particular representational practices (both discursive and visual); 2) how alternative ways of seeing and acting in the world are made possible; and 3) how global power relations produce uneven spatial effects. Those three questions continue to animate my academic research.

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