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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Kathy Dodworth

Kathy Dodworth
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

PhD Research

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 from Bourdieu and  Foucault in employing practice-focused enquiry. Before returning to academia, I worked for several INGOs in sub-Saharan Africa on education and health. 


Research Fellow with Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, looking at charitable funding in the NHS.

Researcher on 'Closing Hospitals: an evaluation of knowledge use and public involvement in disinvestment proposals' with @DrEllenStu

Publications and Conference Papers


I bring considerable teaching/facilitation experience from my previous NGO life. Nominated for EUSA teaching award 2014-15. Taught on the following:

  • Africa in Contemporary World (pre-hons) 2017-18, Tutor
  • Governance, Poverty, Development in Africa (PG) 2014-16, Lecture
  • Africa in International Politics (PG) 2015, Guest Lecturer
  • Africa in World Politics (Honours) 2015, Tutor & Guest Lecturer
  • Approaches to Politics and IR (Honours) 2012-14, Tutor
  • Research in Africa (PG) 2015, Guest presentation
  • Interpreting development institutions (PG) 2015-8, Guest presentation

Office Hours

Drop me a line - I'm at 23 Buccleuch Place.