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Professor Giles Mohan

Giles Mohan

Profile summary

  • Chair of International Development
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Development
  • giles.mohan

Professional biography

I am a human geographer who gained his PhD from Liverpool University in 1993. My work concerns the politics of development, particularly the intermingling of territorial scales and transnational networks. I have taught at Liverpool University, the University of Central Lancashire, Portsmouth University and The Open University. I was a handling editor of the Review of African Political Economy and a member of the editorial boards of Political Geography, Antipode, Geography Compass, and the International Development Planning Review. I have also acted as consultant to Open University/BBC productions including African School, Indian School, Comic Relief, the Reith Lectures, and Why Poverty?

Research interests

I have a new DFID-ESRC project on Chinese National Oil Companies in Africa, which assesses the impacts of these firms on African development. It builds on previous work on China-Africa relations. In 2007 I received an ESRC grant entitled The politics of Chinese engagement with African 'development': Case studies of Angola and Ghana. This was followed up in 2010 by a new ESRC grant on Chinese migrants as agents of development and another as part of a network under the ESRC’s Rising Powers Programme.

Previously I worked on the developmental impacts of the diaspora, based on both theoretical work and case studies of the Ghanaian diaspora in the UK and its linkages to Ghana. With my recent study of Chinese migrants in Africa I am keen to develop these insights around new migration trajectories and Africa’s development. This concern with the role of migrants in local development evolved out of my work on decentralised and participatory development, which is an on-going interest.

Teaching interests

I am currently chair for TU875 War, Intervention and Development, a postgraduate course in the Masters programme on Development Management. TU875 is being replaced by T879 entitled Conflict and Development, which broadens the focus beyond war.

Publications

Negotiating the educational spaces of urban multiculture: Skills, competencies and college life (2017)
Bennett, Katy; Cochrane, Allan; Mohan, Giles and Neal, Sarah
Urban Studies, 54(10) (pp. 2305-2321)
Party Politics and the Political Economy of Ghana’s Oil (2017)
Mohan, Giles; Asante, Kojo Pumpuni and Abdulai, Abdul-Gafaru
New Political Economy ((Early Access))
'You can't move in Hackney without bumping into an anthropologist': why certain places attract research attention (2016-10-01)
Neal, Sarah; Mohan, Giles; Cochrane, Allan and Bennett, Katy
Qualitative Research, 16(5) (pp. 491-507)
Multiculture and public parks: researching super-diversity and attachment in public green space (2015-07)
Neal, Sarah; Bennett, Katy; Jones, Hannah; Cochrane, Allan and Mohan, Giles
Population, Space and Place, 21(5) (pp. 463-475)
Queuing up for Africa: the geoeconomics of Africa’s growth and the politics of African agency (2015)
Mohan, Giles
International Development Planning Review, 37(1)
Urban multiculture and everyday encounters in semi-public, franchised cafe spaces (2015)
Jones, Hannah; Neal, Sarah; Mohan, Giles; Connell, Kieran; Cochrane, Allan and Bennett, Katy
Sociological Review, 63(3) (pp. 644-661)
Listening (2015)
Bennett, Katy; Cochrane, Allan; Mohan, Giles and Neal, Sarah
Emotion, Space and Society, 17 (pp. 7-14)
Sino-African encounters in Ghana and Nigeria: from conflict to conviviality and mutual benefit (2014)
Lampert, Ben and Mohan, Giles
Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43(1) (pp. 9-39)
Beyond the enclave: towards a critical political economy of China and Africa (2013-11-04)
Mohan, Giles
Development and Change, 44(6) (pp. 1255-1272)
'The Chinese just come and do it’: China in Africa and the prospects for development planning (2013-06)
Mohan, Giles
International Development Planning Review, 35(3) (v-xii)
The potential of corporate environmental responsibility of Chinese state-owned enterprises in Africa (2013-04)
Tan-Mullins, May and Mohan, Giles
Environment, Development and Sustainability, 15(2) (pp. 265-284)
China as a new shaper of international development: the environmental implications (2013-04)
Urban, Frauke; Mohan, Giles and Cook, Sarah
Environment, Development and Sustainability, 15(2) (pp. 257-263)
Negotiating China: reinserting African agency into China-Africa relations (2013-01)
Mohan, Giles and Lampert, Ben
African Affairs, 112(446) (pp. 92-110)
Living multiculture: understanding the new spatial and social relations of ethnicity and multiculture in England (2013)
Neal, Sarah; Bennett, Katy; Cochrane, Allan and Mohan, Giles
Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31(2) (pp. 308-323)
Multiculture and community in new city spaces (2011-04)
Kesten, Jamie; Cochrane, Allan; Mohan, Giles and Neal, Sarah
Journal of Intercultural Studies, 32(2) (pp. 133-150)
Redefining 'aid' in the China–Africa context (2010-09-29)
Tan-Mullins, May; Mohan, Giles and Power, Marcus
Development and Change, 41(5) (pp. 857-881)
Towards a critical geopolitics of China's engagement with African development (2010)
Power, Marcus and Mohan, Giles
Geopolitics, 15(3) (pp. 462-495)
Chinese migrants in Africa as new agents of development? An analytical framework (2009-09)
Mohan, Giles and Tan-Mullins, May
European Journal of Development Research, 21(4) (pp. 588-605)
Africa, China and the ‘new’ economic geography of development (2009-03)
Mohan, Giles and Power, Marcus
Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 30(1) (pp. 24-28)
The politics of establishing pro-poor accountability: what can poverty reduction strategies achieve? (2008-05)
Hickey, Samuel and Mohan, Giles
Review of International Political Economy, 15(2) (pp. 234-258)
China in Africa: A Review Essay (2008-03)
Mohan, Giles
Review of African Political Economy, 35(1) (pp. 155-173)
New African Choices? The Politics of Chinese Engagement (2008-03)
Mohan, Giles and Power, Marcus
Review of African Political Economy, 35(1) (pp. 23-42)
Social Relationships of New Chinese Migrants in Africa (2008-02)
Mohan, Giles
The China Monitor(26) (pp. 6-8)
Making neoliberal states of development: the Ghanaian diaspora and the politics of homelands (2008)
Mohan, Giles
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 26(3) (pp. 464-479)
The war on terror, American hegemony and international development (2007-08)
Mohan, Giles and Mawdsley, Emma
Review of International Political Economy, 14(3) (pp. 439-443)
Participatory development: from epistemological reversals to active citizenship (2007-07)
Mohan, Giles
Geography Compass, 1(4) (pp. 779-796)
Governing and democratising technology for development: bridging theory and practice (2007-05)
Mohan, Giles and Yanacopulos, Helen
Science and Public Policy, 34(4) (pp. 233-238)
Embedded cosmopolitanism and the politics of obligation: the Ghanaian diaspora and development (2006-03-01)
Mohan, Giles
Environment and Planning A, 38(5) (pp. 867-883)
Learning from African School (2006)
Yanacopulos, Helen and Mohan, Giles
Development Education Journal, 12(2) (pp. 19-22)
The Antagonistic relevance of development studies (2005-10)
Mohan, Giles and Wilson, Gordon
Progress in Development Studies, 5(4) (pp. 261-278)
Relocating participation within a radical politics of development (2005-03)
Hickey, Sam and Mohan, Giles
Development and Change, 36(2) (pp. 237-262)
Networks as transnational agents of development (2004-07)
Henry, Leroi; Mohan, Giles and Yanacopulos, Helen
Third World Quarterly, 25(5) (pp. 839-855)
Towards a critical political geography of African development (2003-11)
Mercer, Claire; Mohan, Giles and Power, Marcus
Geoforum, 34(4) (pp. 419-436)
Globalisation from below: conceptualising the role of the African diasporas in Africa's development (2002-07)
Mohan, Giles and Zack-Williams, A.B.
Review of African Political Economy, 29(92) (pp. 211-236)
Placing social capital (2002-04)
Mohan, G. and Mohan, J.
Progress in Human Geography, 26(2) (pp. 191-210)
The disappointments of civil society: the politics of NGO intervention in northern Ghana (2002-01)
Mohan, Giles
Political Geography, 21(1) (pp. 125-154)
Human rights and development in Africa: moral intrusion or empowering opportunity? (2001)
Mohan, Giles and Holland, Jeremy
Review of African Political Economy, 28(88) (pp. 177-196)
Participatory development and empowerment: the dangers of localism (2000-04)
Mohan, Giles and Stokke, Kristian
Third World Quarterly, 21(2) (pp. 247-268)
Dislocating Globalisation: power, politics and global change (2000)
Mohan, Giles
Geography, 85(2) (pp. 121-133)
Not so Distant, Not so Strange: the Personal and the Political in Participatory Research (1999-03)
Mohan, Giles
Philosophy and Geography, 2(1) (pp. 41-54)
Radicalism, relevance and the future of ROAPE (1998)
Mohan, Giles
Review of African Political Economy, 25(76) (pp. 263-264)
Developing differences: post-structuralism and political economy in contemporary development studies (1997-09)
Mohan, Giles
Review of African Political Economy, 24(73) (pp. 311-328)
Globalisation, liberal theory and the spatiality of governance in Sub-Saharan Africa (1997-05)
Mohan, Giles
Space and Polity, 1(1) (pp. 83-101)
Adjustment and decentralization in Ghana: a case of diminished sovereignty (1996-01)
Mohan, Giles
Political Geography, 15(1) (pp. 75-94)
Neoliberalism and decentralised development planning in Ghana (1996)
Mohan, Giles
Third World Planning Review, 18(4) (pp. 433-454)
SAP's and Development in West Africa (1996)
Mohan, Giles
Geography, 81(4) (pp. 4-8)
The restructuring of intellectual activity: a response to Pratt, and Barnett and Low (1996)
Mohan, Giles
Area, 28(3) (pp. 384-389)
Manufacturing Consensus: (Geo) Political Knowledge and Policy-Based Lending (1994-12)
Mohan, Giles
Review of African Political Economy, 21(62) (pp. 525-583)
Destruction of the con: geography and the commodification of knowledge (1994-12)
Mohan, Giles
Area, 26(4) (pp. 387-390)
Chinese Migrants and Africa's Development: New Imperialists or Agents of Change? (2014-06-12)
Mohan, Giles; Lampert, Ben; Tan-Mullins, May and Chang, Daphne
ISBN : 9781780329161 | Publisher : Zed Books | Published : London
China's Resource Diplomacy in Africa - Powering Development? (2012-07-17)
Power, Marcus; Mohan, Giles and Tan-Mullins, May
International Political Economy Series
ISBN : 9780230229129 | Publisher : Palgrave McMillan | Published : London
Structural Adjustment: Theory, practice and impacts (2000)
Mohan, Giles; Brown, Ed; Milward, Bob and Zack-Williams, Alfred B.
ISBN : 0-415-12521-9 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : UK
Les migrants chinois, acteurs de changement au Ghana et au Nigeria: une présence transformatrice ? (2016)
Lampert, Ben and Mohan, Giles
In: Giese, Karsten and Marfaing, Laurence eds. Entrepreneurs africains et chinois. Les impacts sociaux d’une rencontre particulière (pp. 207-236)
Publisher : Karthala | Published : Paris
Making Space for African Agency in China-Africa Engagements: Ghanaian and Nigerian Patrons Shaping Chinese Enterprise (2015-09)
Lampert, Ben and Mohan, Giles
In: Gadzala, Aleksandra W. ed. Africa and China: How Africans and Their Governments are Shaping Relations with China (pp. 109-126)
ISBN : 978-1-4422-3775-9 | Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield | Published : Lanham
China in Africa: impacts and prospects for accountable development (2014-12-11)
Mohan, Giles
In: Hickey, Sam; Sen, Kunal and Bukenya, Badru eds. The Politics of Inclusive Development: Interrogating the Evidence (pp. 279-304)
ISBN : 978-0-19-872256-4 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Particpatory development (2014-03-12)
Mohan, Giles
In: Desai, Vandana and Potter, Robert eds. The Companion to Development Studies (3rd ed) (pp. 131-136)
ISBN : 978-0-415-82665-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Migrants as agents of South-South Cooperation: the case of Chinese in Africa (2013-02-13)
Mohan, Giles
In: Dargin, Justin ed. The Rise Of The Global South: Philosophical, Geopolitical and Economic Trends of the 21st Century (pp. 283-322)
ISBN : 978-981-4397-80-3 | Publisher : World Scientific | Published : London
Rising powers (2012-11-08)
Mohan, Giles
In: Butcher, Melissa and Papaioannou, Theo eds. International Development in a Changing World (pp. 49-75)
ISBN : 978-1-7809-3237-8 | Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic | Published : London
The rising powers as drivers of development (2012-11-08)
Farooki, Masuma and Mohan, Giles
In: Butcher, Melissa and Papaioannou, Theo eds. International Development in a Changing World (pp. 99-123)
ISBN : 978-1-78093-234-7 | Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic | Published : London
Spaces of development: cities, mobilities and ecologies (2012-11)
Mohan, Giles and Butcher, Melissa
In: Papaioannou, Theo and Butcher, Melissa eds. International Development in a Changing World. International Development (1) (pp. 125-150)
ISBN : 978-1-78093-237-8 | Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic | Published : London
China and the geopolitical imagination of African ‘development’ (2010-07-30)
Power, Marcus and Mohan, Giles
In: Dent, Christopher M. ed. China and Africa Development Relations. Routledge Contemporary China Series (pp. 42-67)
ISBN : 978-0-415-56933-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, U.K and New York, NY, U.S.
Local and regional 'development studies' (2010)
Mohan, Giles
In: Pike, Andy; Rodríguez-Pose, Andres and Tomaney, John eds. Handbook of Local and Regional Development (pp. 43-55)
ISBN : 978-0-415-54831-1 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Structural adjustment (2009)
Mohan, G.
In: Kitchin, R. and Thrift, N. eds. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (pp. 1-9)
ISBN : 978-0-08-044911-1 | Publisher : Elsevier | Published : Oxford, UK
The politics of localization: from depoliticizing development to politicizing democracy (2008-12-18)
Mohan, Giles and Stokke, Kristian
In: Cox, Kevin; Low, Murray and Robinson, Jennifer eds. The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography (pp. 545-562)
ISBN : 9780761943273 | Publisher : Sage Publications | Published : London, UK
Participatory Development (2008)
Mohan, Giles
In: Desai, Vandana and Potter, Robert eds. The Arnold Companion to Development Studies, 2nd Edition
ISBN : 340889144 | Publisher : Edward Arnold | Published : London, UK
Beyond participation: strategies for deeper empowerment (2006-03-14)
Mohan, Giles
In: Cooke, Bill and Kothari, Uma eds. Participation: The New Tyranny? (pp. 153-167)
ISBN : 1856497933 | Publisher : Zed Books | Published : London
The Theories of the State/the State of Theories (2004)
Zack-Williams, Tunde and Mohan, Giles
In: Mohan, Giles and Zack-Willams, Tunde eds. The Politics of Transition: State, democracy and economic development in Africa
Publisher : James Currey
The underdevelopment of economic geography: rethinking institutions and embeddedness in a Third World context (2002-10)
Mohan, Giles
In: Taylor, Michael and Leonard, Simon eds. Embedded Enterprise and Social Capital: International Perspectives (pp. 37-55)
ISBN : 0-7546-1517-0 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : UK
Diaspora and development: The Black Atlantic and African Transformation (2002-05)
Mohan, Giles
In: Robinson, Jenny ed. Development and Displacement (pp. 77-139)
ISBN : 0-1992-5507-5 | Publisher : Oxford University Press
Participatory development (2001-11-02)
Mohan, Giles
In: Desai, Vandana and Potter, Rob eds. The Arnold companion to development studies (pp. 49-54)
ISBN : 9780340760512 | Publisher : Hodder | Published : London, UK
Globalisation and Governance: the paradoxes of adjustment in Africa (1996)
Mohan, Giles
In: Kofman, Eleonore and Youngs, Gillian eds. Globalisation: theory and practice (pp. 452-480)
ISBN : 1855673460 | Publisher : Cassell
Globalisation and Governance: The paradoxes of adjustment in Africa (1996)
Mohan, Giles
In: Kofman, Eleonore and Youngs, Gillian eds. Globalisation: Theory and practice (pp. 452-480)
ISBN : 1-85567-346-0 | Publisher : Pinter
Participation - from tyranny to transformation?: Exploring new approaches to participation in development (2006-04-14)
Hickey, Samuel and Mohan, Giles eds.
ISBN : 1842774603 | Publisher : Zed Books | Published : UK
Życie w obliczu inności, czyli: jak zrozumieć współczesne miasta [Living with difference: making sense of the contemporary city], (2015-07)
Cochrane, Allan; Neal, Sarah; Bennett, Katy and Mohan, Giles
In : Smart Metropolia (23-24 October 2014, Gdansk) (pp. 16-20)
Chinese migrants in Africa: bilateral and informal governance of a poorly understood South-South flow (2013)
Mohan, Giles and Lampert, Ben
In : Regional Governance of Migration and Socio-Political Rights: Institutions, Actors and Processes (14-15 January 2013, Geneva, Switzerland)

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