My research background is in comparative politics and southern African politics,
with a long standing interest in political economy and the history of political thought
in terms of how these fields of study bear on our understanding of political transitions,
development, democratisation and the evolving nature of the postcolonial world. My
research has increasingly become focussed on Africa's changing role in the global
economy, in the context of the BRICS and emerging markets generally. Another area of
research I have been developing recently concerns comparative and theoretical aspects of
Anglo-American conservatism and its applicability to the study of postcolonial politics.
Specific research interest include: Africa's role in the global economy;
state-business relations and their impact on development; the legacy of settler
colonialism; political transitions in Anglophone colonial contexts; the history of
capitalism in Southern Africa; corporate governance in developing countries; relations
between North and South in the global economy; conservatism and economic development.
Most of these research projects relate to my longstanding fascination with the
philosophical and political origins of development as a concept and the theoretical
debates on what constitutes progress and development as defined by orthodox and
post-development approaches to the subject.
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