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

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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