School of Global Studies


Paul Gilbert joined the School of Global Studies as a Lecturer in International Development in 2017. He had previously taught at the University of Birmingham, the University of Brighton and Brunel University, and been a Researcher at the Centre for New Economies of Development and an ESRC-POST Postgraduate Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology

Paul holds a PhD in Social Anthropology (2016) from the University of Sussex, an MSc in Ethnobotany (2010) from the University of Kent, and a BA in Anthropology (2009) from Durham University. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a PGCert in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education from the University of Brighton (2017). Paul is also an alumnus of the Illicit Finance Journalism Programme.

His research is concerned with the role of private sector organizations in development, focusing in particular on extractive industry finance and the making of new resource 'frontiers'. Additional areas of concern include: the politics of ethnographic research in elite settings; ethics and regulation in the junior mining sector; energy and infrastructure finance; political risk and international investment law; and critical/decolonial pedagogies.

Paul is currently conducting research on expertise and influence in the political risk industry (funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant). He is also a co-investigator on a project examining the impact of environmental justice conflicts on the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (part of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme).


Lecturer in International Development