SOAS University of London

Foundation College

Dr Mark McQuinn

BA (Anglia Ruskin); MSC Applied Linguistics (Edinburgh), MA Development Studies (Hull), PhD Development (London).
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Mark McQuinn
Department of Development Studies

Senior Teaching Fellow

Foundation College

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Dr Mark McQuinn
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Mondays 14.00-16.00 or by appointment
Thesis title:
Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and national ownership of policy in developing countries: new opportunities for Civil Society Organisations? NGOs and trade unions in Tanzania


Dr McQuinn has worked on a number of masters and undergraduate programmes including the Aid and Development unit on the MSc in Development Studies and Development in Practice. He worked in the NGO sector for a number of years and has extensive experience of aid issues, as a practitioner, consultant and academic researcher. Dr McQuinn is currently undertaking research for a book: African Labour Organisations in the Neoliberal Era, which focuses on issues including the environment, youth, gender, foreign direct investment (FDI) and civil society-state relations. Dr McQuinn is the Convenor of a Special Edition of the Global Labour Journal on issues facing African trade unions, which will be published in January 2022. He is also working on a project aiming to build capacity for African trade unions through the development of shared database on labour issues. A further area of research is Official Development Assistance (ODA) provided by Southern donors. As part of a collaboration with the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) at South China University, Zhejiang Normal University and the National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr McQuinn has researched and published work comparing and contrasting Chinese aid policies and practices with those of Western agencies. Other areas of research interest include the role of NGOs, poverty reduction policies, education debates and issues affecting informal sector workers. His doctoral research on trade unions and NGOs in Tanzania was published as a book - Civil Society as a Conflictual Sphere in Post-liberalization Tanzania. Dr McQuinn’s regional focus includes East and West Africa, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, with research experience in Tanzania, China, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Thailand and Bulgaria.



Aid policies and practices, labour issues, governance processes, workers in the informal sector in Africa, role of foreign and indigenous civil society organisations and methods used to monitor and evaluate development programmes. Research on trade unions and NGOs in Tanzania, published as Civil Society as a Conflictual Sphere in Post-liberalization Tanzania. 

Currently researching financial investments by trade unions in Sierra Leone and ways of organizing workers in the informal sector in Ghana and Benin. Worked in the NGO sector and in the Sudan and Bulgaria.


Authored Books

McQuinn, Mark (2012) Civil Society as a Conflictual Sphere in Post-liberalization Tanzania: The Roles of NGOs and Trade Unions. Saarbrucken: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.


McQuinn, Mark (2018) 'Strengths and Weaknesses of African Trade Unions in the Neoliberal Period with a Sierra Leone Case Study''. Africana Studia 28.

Book Chapters

McQuinn, Mark (2019) 'An Overview of Recent Trends in Official Development Assistance: Contradictory New Directions in the Relationship between DAC Donors and China'. In: Zheng, Yongnian and Qian, Jiwei, (eds.), Development and Poverty Reduction: A Global Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge.

Visser-Mabogunje, Lola and Cummings, Sarah and Gast, Lisette and McQuinn, Mark (2005) 'Smart Toolkit for Evaluating Information Products and Services'. Smart Toolkit for Evaluating Information Products and Services. Wageningen, The Netherlands: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), pp 1-287.


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