Giles Mohan



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 recent Open University/BBC productions African School, Indian School, Comic Relief and the Reith Lectures.

Recent work

My most recent work concerns role of China in African development. 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

Module Chair

I am currently co-chair for TU870 Capacities for Managing Development, a postgraduate course in the Masters programme on Development Management. I am coordinating a block on The Rising Powers for a new version of the level 2 undergraduate course in international development to be delivered for the first time in 2012.

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