Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Professor Ray Bush

Professor of African Studies and Development Politics

I work on the political economy of Africa and the Near East. I have had visiting research appointments at the Norwegian Nobel Institute, Oslo and the Social Science Research Centre, American University in Cairo.

I am deputy chair of the journal Review of African Political Economy and I work with the African Studies Association of the UK. I am also series editor of Pluto's, The Third World in Global Politics.

Research Interests

I research the political economy of resources, political and economic reform, rural transformation and resistance.

Prof. Bush talks at an ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) seminar exploring practitioner and researcher efforts to elucidate the determinants of success and failure in terms of CSR and engagement in the extractive sector.


I teach graduate modules on 'Africa in the Contemporary World' and 'The Political Economy of Resources and Development'.

"My favourite academic was Ray Bush, it was his ability to challenge mainstream thinking which most inspired me!" Sandra Martinsone (Global Development and International Political Economy)

PhD Supervision

I supervise candidates on a broad range of countries and topics in the Global South.  These include political economy of reform, resistance and transformation in mainly, but not exclusively, Africa and the Near East.

Key Publications

Family Farming in the Near East and North Africa, An interview with Professor Ray Bush, http://www.athimar.org/Article-114 January 2017, Thimar, Research Collective on agriculture, environment and labour in the Arab World.

Ray Bush, Family Farming in the Near East and North Africa, Working Paper, no. 151, December 2016, FAO, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, UNDP. Available from: http://www.ipc-undp.org/pub/eng/WP151_Family_farming_in_the_near_East_and_North_Africa.pdf 

Editor with Gavin Capps and Dunbar Moodie, White Gold: new class and community struggles on the South African platinum belt, Review of African Political Economy no 146, vol 42(December 2015), pp497-682

‘Fellahin’ 38 mins, documentary film made with Habib Ayeb, (Paris VIII) chosen for competition for Doc Days, Tunisian Film Festival, September 2014, also screened at Leeds Summat 8 November, 2014 Leeds University Union, Food Fabrication Workshop, Beirut 14-17 January, 2015; available here; http://www.athimar.org/Article-57

Media Contact Areas

  • Politics and society in Africa and the Near East

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