Biography

I joined the School of Global Studies as a Lecturer in International Development in 2017, having previously taught at the University of Brighton (Human Geography & Sustainable Development), University of Birmingham (Gender & Development) and Brunel University London (Anthropology). 

I have carried out long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Bangladesh and the United Kingdom, as well as shorter periods of research in South Africa and Papua New Guinea. My doctoral research was concerned with tracing out the forms of legal, financial and geological expertise implicated in the production of extractive industry frontiers in Bangladesh. My current research expands on this concern with extractive industries, finance, expertise and development in the following areas:

  • Environmental justice, environmental defenders, extractive industries & energy futures
  • Consultancy, outsourcing, and private sector recipients of Official Development Assistance
  • International investment law, colonial legacies in development finance, and political risk insurance
  • Ethnographic, investigative and arts-based methods in elite settings

Further information about current and recent projects can be found on my Research and Publications pages.

My research interests are reflected in my teaching focus. I currently teach an undergraduate course on Wealth, Inequality & Development, as well as sessions on resource-based development, and I teach across the MA in Environment, Development & Policy. Further information on teaching and doctoral supervision is available here.

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Qualifications

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.