Helen Yanacopulos



Helen received her BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. She worked in finance in the corporate and the not-for-profit sectors before returning to complete an MA in Development Studies at the University of East Anglia. Since completing a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge in 2000, she has been at the Open University. She has been a consultant for various international organisations, and has acted as Academic Consultant on the BBC productions African School, Syrian School, Comic Relief, the Reith Lectures, as well as the critically acclaimed series ‘Why Poverty?’

Research Interests

Helen’s research interests bridge the fields of International Politics and International Development and are focused on explanations of how political institutions and processes involve and affect poverty and inequality.  Specifically, she examines development-focused transnational networks of NGOs, social movements and civil society involved in:  the political uses of communication technologies; political mobilization and political action; global justice networks; transnational governance; and the construction and representation of International Development through new media.  She is the editor for the Zed Books series ‘Development Matters’ and her most recent book (2015) is International NGO Engagement, Advocacy, Activism.  The Faces and Spaces of Change. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/international-ngo-engagement-advocacy-activism-helen-yanacopulos/?isb=9781137569547


Helen received the ‘Open University’s Teaching Excellence Award’ in 2003. 

She was the Environment, Development and International Studies Programme Director between 2010-2012 and was the Qualification Director for the MSc in Development Management between 2004-2009. 

Helen has worked on the following modules:


U208  Third World Development

U213  International Development: challenges for a world in transition

DU301  A World of Whose Making?

TD223  International Development: Making sense of a changing world


T879   Conflict and Development

TU871  Development Context and Practice

TU872  Institutional Development: Conflicts, Values and Meanings

TU874  Development Management Project

TU875  War, Intervention and Development

W822   Business, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility

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