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


  • Bush R, Ayeb H, Marginality and Exclusion in Egypt (London: Zed Books, 2012)

  • Bush RC, Poverty and neoliberalism : persistence and reproduction in the global south (Pluto Press, 2007), xvii, 237 pp-xvii, 237 pp

  • Bush RC, Counter-revolution in Egypt's countryside: land and farmers in the era of economic reform (Zed Books, 2002), xv, 239p

  • Bush RC, Economic Crisis and the Politics of Reform in Egypt (Westview Press, 1999), 184p

Journal articles

  • Bush RC, Martiniello G, ‘Food Riots and Protest: Agrarian Modernizations and Structural Crises’, World Development, 91 (2017), 193-207
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.10.017, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/109504/

  • Bush RC, ‘Agrarian Transformation in the Near East and North Africa: influences from the work of Lionel Cliffe’, Review of African Political Economy, 43.S1 (2016), 69-85
    DOI: 10.1080/03056244.2016.1217835

  • Bush RC, ‘New African Development?’, Review of African Political Economy, Supplment, 1 (2015), 1-7
    DOI: 10.1080/03056244.2014.992623

  • Bush RC, ‘Small Farmer Uprisings and Rural Neglect in Egypt and Tunisia’, Middle East Report and Information Project (MERIP), 44.272, Fall 2014 (2014)

  • Bush RC, ‘Soon there will be no-one left to take the corpse to the morgue’: Accumulation and Abjection in Ghana’s mining communities’, Resources Policy, 34 (2009), 57-63
    DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2008.02.002


  • Bush RC, ‘Uprisings without Agrarian Questions’, in Development Challenges and Solutions After the Arab Spring, ed. by Kadri A, Rethinking International Development series (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 153-174

  • Bush RC, ‘Family farming in the Near East and North Africa’, in Deep Roots, ed. by Griffiths J (Rome: FAO, 2015), 22-26

Media Contact Areas

  • Politics and society in Africa and the Near East

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