- Kathy Dodworth
- Edinburgh UK
- Research Interests
- Theories of Legitimacy, Social capital, Foucault, state-society relations, NGOs and Development, Non-state actors, Bourdieu, Ethnography, Tanzania, African studies
I'm interested in how non-state actors construct their authority with which to exercise their own forms of governance. I spent 2012-3 conducting ethnographic research with NGOs in Tanzania, mapping informal, mainly discursive, legitimation practices. I am particularly interested in how NGOs interact with local government and other agencies. I draw mainly from Bourdieu in employing practice-focused enquiry. Before coming back to academia, I worked on programmes for several smaller NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa, primarily in the fields of education and health.
...on maternity until summer 2017.
Publications and Conference Papers
- Dodworth, Kathy (2017) 'Fieldnote: Multipositionality in the "Field"' in Understanding Research in Global Development: Fieldwork Issues, Experiences and Reflections Sage Publications
- Dodworth, Kathy (2015) 'The politics of voluntarism in Tanzania', BISA, winner of inaugural BISA African Affairs postgraduate prize
- Dodworth, Kathy (2014) 'NGO legitimation as practice: Working state capital in Tanzania' Critical African Studies 6(1): 22-39. doi:10.1080/21681392.2014.889522
- Dodworth, Kathy (2015) '"We are 50% government!" Coproduction of the state in Tanzania', 6th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 6), Paris
- Dodworth, Kathy (2014) 'NGO legitimation as practice', biennial Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS) Summer School, Calgiari
- Dodworth, Kathy (2013) 'Interpreting the legitimacy of aid', 5th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 5), Lisbon
I bring considerable teaching/facilitation experience from my previous NGO life. Nominated for EUSA teaching award 2014-15, have taught on the following courses:
- Governance, Poverty, Development in Africa (Masters) 2014-16, Lecture
- Africa in International Politics (Masters) 2015, Guest Lecturer
- Africa in World Politics (Honours) 2015, Tutor & Guest Lecturer
- Approaches to Politics and IR (Honours) 2012-14, Tutor
Currently on maternity leave.