SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Dr Mark McQuinn

BA (E. Anglia), MA (Hull), MSc (Edinburgh), PhD (London)
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Mark McQuinn
International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

EAP Teacher/Subject Lecturer

Department of Development Studies

Senior Teaching Fellow

Dr Mark McQuinn
Email address:
020 7898 4818
Faber Building, 23/24 Russell Square
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Academic Support Hours:
Mondays 2.00-4.00pm
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 Mark McQuinn is convenor of the Aid and Development unit on the MSc in Development Studies, as well as lecturer on a number of other postgraduate and undergraduate courses. 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. He is also working on a project aiming to build capacity for African trade unions through a 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 National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr McQuinn published a book chapter in 2019, 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 in book form titled 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.