Department of Development Studies

Dr Michael Jennings

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Department of Development Studies Reader in International Development Centre of African Studies Management Committee Member Research Cluster Convenor
BA (Oxon); MA, PhD (London)
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Michael has degrees from the University of Oxford and London (SOAS), and has taught and researched at Oxford and the Centre for Development Studies at Swansea University. His research interests include: the politics and history of development processes in sub-Saharan Africa: governance, civil society, non-governmental organisations and faith-based organisations; and social aspects of health in Africa.

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Research interests

Michael’s research examines the emergence of development narratives over the past century, and conflicts between different narratives held by competing actors operating in the developmental space. In particular, he is interested in the multiple roles which ‘development’ as a process and idea takes on, and synergies between power, politics and development in the North and South. Michael has undertaken work on security issues in East Africa, including a survey of conflict, crime and security in Kenya. He has also worked on a diagnostic survey of DFID’s engagement with faith-based groups, East and Horn of Africa section. Michael is a regular contributor of expert briefing documents on a wide range of political, social and health issues in sub-Saharan Africa.

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Hinni Aarninsalo
Jonathan R. Beloff The Evolution of Rwandan Foreign Policy: from Genocide to Globalisation
Mr Nick Branson Extraversion strategies and aid negotiations: How African hybrid regimes manage donor demands
Iris Lim Experiencing the Digital Governance Immigration: a Qualitative Comparison of London and Seoul
Shona Macleod Talibés who beg in urban Senegal: how does global child rights discourse influence policy and practice?
Dr Christine Singer
Dilys K. Winterkorn The Rise and Phenomena of African Philanthropy (working title)


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