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Professor of Development Politics, University of Bristol

October 20th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Development, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: Europe, North Africa and Middle East, Subsaharan Africa
Language: English
Field of Work: Academia, Activist/Humanitarian, Author/Novelist, Think tank/Research center
City: Bristol
Country: UK
Continent: Europe


Mark Duffield sq Mark DuffieldMark Duffield is Professor of Development Politics at the University of Bristol, UK. He previously taught at the University of Leeds and the University of Birmingham. Trained in anthropology and political economy, his field experience includes four years as Oxfam’s Country Representative in the Sudan during the latter half of the 1980s.

His recent work has involved war-related emergencies and social reconstruction issues, in which field he has carried out many research and consultancy exercises for UN agencies, governments and NGOs. Past research has focused on liberal interventionism, especially its humanitarian, human security and peace dimensions, and the positive connection that is made between development and security.  A key interest has been how development functions as a tool of government; and how internal war, humanitarian crises and fragile states, for example, provide opportunities to deepen this policy framework.  This has involved work in Africa, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Burma.

Professor Duffield is the author of a number of books, including War and Hunger: Rethinking International Responses to Complex Emergencies (coedited with Joanna Macrae and Anthony Zwi) (London: Zed Books, 1994),  Without Troops and Tanks: Humanitarian Intervention in Eritrea and Ethiopia (with John Prendergast) (Trenton NJ: Red Sea Press, 1994) Black Radicalism and the Politics of Deindustrialisation: The Hidden History of Indian Foundry Workers (Aldershot: Gower Publishing Co. Ltd., 1988), Maiurno: Capitalism and Rural Life in Sudan (London: Ithaca Press, 1981).

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