Jonathan Pattenden


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Personal profile

Academic Background

I have an MSc and PhD in Development Studies from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).



I am a political economist/political sociologist researching processes of exploitation, accumulation, domination, patriarchy and collective action in the Global South. I focus on rural-based informal labour, circular migration, social reproduction, class and gender relations, state-society relations, government poverty reduction programmes, and social movements of classes of labour and their search for greater social equity. 



Before joining the School of International Development in 2008, I taught International Political Economy and Development Studies at SOAS, and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Mysore in Karnataka, South India. I have also worked at the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex) and was active in an international social movement network from 1999-2004.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Labour, Migration, Class relations, Gender relations, Social reproducton, Social movements, South and Southeast Asia, East Africa

Teaching Interests

Co-Director: Masters in Development Studies; BA in Development Studies with Politics

Courses taught and convened:

Politics, Policy and Practice
Politics, Development, Society
South Asian Development

Contemporary World Development
Development Perspectives


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