Professor Gordon Crawford
Professor of Development Politics
I specialise in the politics of development. I hold a Bachelors degree in Sociology, a Masters in Development Studies, and a PhD in Development Politics. I have worked at the University of Leeds since 1993.
I am Director of the Centre for Global Development and academic lead for the WUN network on Transformative Justice. I am co-convenor of the Governance Working Group of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI).
My research focuses on issues of democracy, human rights and development, especially in Africa.
Recent research has focused on the ‘Rights, Power and Civic Action’ research project. This has explored the interrelationship between local struggles for human rights and the dynamics of power.
As well as a general role in this project, I have been responsible for the Ghana case-study. The results of this significant research project will be published in Human Rights, Power and Non-Governmental Action, edited by Bård A. Andreassen and Gordon Crawford, and to be published in the Routledge ‘Research in Human Rights’ series in 2012.
I am an academic lead for the WUN research network on ‘Transformative Justice’ in societies that experience mass violence. This is a new international network that emerges out of a critique of the more established notion of ‘transitional justice’ in post-conflict societies and aims to develop a new research agenda, one that offers a concept of justice that is more ‘transformative’ than ‘transitional’, i.e. that seeks to change social structures linked to violence in ways that are more inclusive, less unequal and more fair.
Other longer standing research interests have focused on international democracy promotion and on decentralisation. I have critiqued EU democracy promotion policies in Africa and in Central Asia, and have examined the linkages between decentralisation and poverty reduction and a rights-based approach to development, with fieldwork undertaken in Ghana.
I teach core modules on the undergraduate and postgraduate Development Studies programmes, including theories and strategies of development. I also teach a research-led postgraduate module on 'Democracy and Development'. I am a qualified teacher in further and adult education, where I taught prior to my current academic career.
I am keen to supervise enthusiastic research students in areas including:
- Democratisation and governance
- Human rights and development
- Alternatives and resistance to neo-liberal globalisation
- Participatory development
Research proposals on Africa (and Ghana in particular) are especially welcomed, as well as from selected countries in Asia and Latin America.
- Crawford, G. ‘Democratization in Africa: challenges and prospects’ edited by Gordon Crawford and Gabrielle Lynch, Special Issue of Democratization, vol. 18 no.2, (forthcoming April 201).
- This includes the article: ‘Democratization in Africa 1990-2010: an assessment’ (with Gabrielle Lynch)
- Crawford, G. Decentralisation and struggles for basic rights in Ghana: opportunities and constraints’ in International Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 14 No.1, 2010. pp.92-125.
- Crawford, G. Consolidating Democracy in Ghana: Progress and Prospects?’, in Democratization vol.17 no.1, Feb 2010, [with A.-G. Abdulai], pp.26-67.
- Crawford, G. The World Bank and Ghana’s Poverty Reduction Strategies: Strengthening the state or consolidating neo-liberalism?’ in Labour, Capital and Society Vol. 42 Nos.1-2, 2009, pp.82-115, [with A.-G. Abdulai].
- Crawford, G. Making democracy a reality? The politics of decentralisation and the limits to local democracy in Ghana’ in Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 27 No. 1, 2009, pp.57-83.
- Crawford, G. (2008) Decentralization and the Limits to Poverty Reduction: Findings from Ghana. Oxford Development Studies, 36(2), pp.235-258.
- Crawford, G. (2008) EU Human Rights and Democracy Promotion in Central Asia: From Lofty Priniciples to Lowly Self-Interests. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 9(2), pp.172-191.
- Crawford, G. (2007) Promoting Democracy in Central Asia: What's Needed and Why It Won't Happen. Sicherheit und Frieden/Security and Peace, 3, pp.133-38.
Chapters in Books
- Crawford, G. and A.-G. Abdulai ‘Liberal Democracy Promotion and Civil Society Strengthening in Ghana’, in The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion, edited by Milja Kurki and Christopher Hobson, London: Routledge
- Crawford, G. ‘Human Rights and Democracy in EU-Africa Relations: A Shared, Normative Agenda?’ in One Europe, One Africa: Changing dynamics in EU-Africa relations, edited by Maurizio Carbone, Manchester: Manchester University Press
- Crawford, G. and A.-G. Abdulai, ‘Democracy, Poverty and Inequality’ in Routledge Handbook of Democratization, edited by Jeffrey Haynes, London: Routledge
- Crawford, G. and Hartmann, C. (2008) Decentralisation in Africa: A Pathway out of Poverty and Conflict? Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, EADI Book Series.
- Crawford, G. (2000) Foreign Aid and Political Reform: A Comparative Analysis of Democracy Assistance and Political Conditionality. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Crawford, G. and Lynch, G. (2012) Democratization in Africa: Challenges and Prospects Routledge
- Andreassen, B A. and Crawford, G. (2013) Human Rights, Power and Civic Action: Comparative analyses of struggles for rights in developing societies Routledge
Media Contact Areas
- Political events in Ghana
- Issues of decentralisation in developing countries
- Room: SSB 13.43
- Tel: 0113 343 4439
- Fax:0113 343 4400
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office hours: Term time: Monday 2pm-4pm and Wednesday 4pm-5pm
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