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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 2014 2018

Open Access
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Abdulai, A-G. & Crawford, G., 28 Sep 2018, The Elgar Companion to Post-Conflict Transition. Giessmann, H-J. & Mac Ginty, R. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, p. 255-274 20 p.

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Militarisation and criminalisation of ASM: the state and the so-called “galamsey menace” in Ghana

Crawford, G. & Botchwey, G., 20 Jul 2018, In : Review of African Political Economy. 45, 156, p. 321-334 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Resource politics and the impact of Chinese involvement in small-scale mining in Ghana

Botchwey, G. & Crawford, G., Nov 2018, In : Africa. 88, 4, p. 867-870 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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

Botchwey, G., Crawford, G., Loubere, N. & Lu, J., 11 Oct 2018, In : International Migration. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 20 p.

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Activities 2011 2014

  • 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