Paul Gilbert joined the School of Global Studies as a Lecturer in International Development in 2017. Prior to this he was a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Brighton, a Visiting Lecturer in Gender & Development at the University of Birmingham, and a Lecturer in the Anthropology Section at Brunel University London. Paul has also worked as a researcher in the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology, the Saïd Business School, and the Centre for New Economies of Development.

Paul holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex (funded by an ESRC +3 Studentship), an MSc in Ethnobotany from the University of Kent (Distinction), a PGCert in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education from the University of Brighton (Distinction), and a BA in Anthropology from Durham University (First Class). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Paul's 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. His fieldwork has primarily been carried out in Bangladesh and the United Kingdom.

See here for information on current research projects, and here for a list of publications. Information on teaching and doctoral supervision is available here.


  • Lecturer in International Development
  • Department Head of Doctoral Studies (International Development)
  • Convenor of the MA Environment, Development & Policy