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Professor Gordon Crawford joined Coventry University in October 2015 as a Research Professor in Global Development in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. He has a BA in Sociology, MA in Development Studies, and PhD in Politics from the University of Leeds. Previously he researched and taught on Development Studies programmes at the University of Leeds from 1993, and became Professor of Development Politics in 2008. He was founding director of the Centre for Global Development at Leeds. His research has involved work in Southern Africa, Indonesia, Nepal, and, most notably, in Ghana. He is currently an editorial team member of Africa Spectrum, and a former co-editor of Democratization. Prior to an academic career, he worked in welfare rights and community development activities in the UK, as well as in adult education.

Area of Expertise:

Economic and social rights, democratisation in sub-Saharan Africa, decentralisation, political economy in Ghana

Research Interests

Human rights; Food sovereignty; Global development; Struggles for social justice; Democracy and democratisation

Vision Statement

My research focuses on the nexus of human rights, democracy and development, especially in countries of the Global South where issues of inequality and deprivation remain most intense. I am interested in people’s struggles for the rights that they are often denied. While liberal democracy may provide a more favourable context for social justice struggles than autocratic ones, I am especially interested in struggles to deepen democracy through innovations in participatory democracy. Neo-liberalism has intensified poverty and inequalities globally over the last three decades and social movement struggles to challenge its hegemony and to achieve social transformation are crucial.

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Research Output

Community-Led Reconstruction, Social Inclusion and Participation in Post-earthquake Nepal

Crawford, G. & Morrison, C., 8 Jun 2020, In : Development Policy Review. (In-press), p. (In-press) 29 p.

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  • The Role of Women’s Movements in the Implementation of Gender-Based Violence Laws

    Anyidoho, N. A., Crawford, G. & Medie, P., 8 Jan 2020, In : Politics & Gender. (In-press), p. (In-press) 31 p., 1.

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    Open Access
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    Unequal Extractions: Reconceptualizing the Chinese Miner in Ghana

    Loubere, N., Lu, J., Crawford, G. & Botchwey, G., 4 Jul 2020, In : Labour, Capital and Society. 49, 2, p. 2-29 28 p.

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  • Aid sanctions and political conditionality: Continuity and change

    Crawford, G. & Kacarska, S., Mar 2019, In : Journal of International Relations and Development. 22, 1, p. 184–214 31 p.

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    Open Access
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    South-South Irregular Migration: The Impacts of China’s Informal Gold Rush in Ghana

    Botchwey, G., Crawford, G., Loubere, N. & Lu, J., Aug 2019, In : International Migration. 57, 4, p. 310-328 19 p.

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    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    14 Downloads (Pure)


    • 4 Participation in conference

    Third International Conference on Participatory Democracy

    Gordon Crawford (Keynote Speaker)
    18 Dec 201419 Dec 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Summer School on the ‘Politics and Economics of Aid’

    Gordon Crawford (Keynote Speaker)
    24 Jun 20135 Jul 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Transforming Post-Conflict Societies: Everyday Violence and Access to Justice

    Gordon Crawford (Participant)
    22 May 201223 May 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Transformative Justice after Mass Violence: The Role of Non-Governmental Actors

    Gordon Crawford (Participant)
    12 May 201113 May 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


    The development of informal social networks - a study of social support and urban development in Iztapalapa, Mexico City

    Author: Silvonen, T., Aug 2019

    Supervisor: Busher, J. (Supervisor), Celestina, M. (Supervisor) & Crawford, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy