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Dr Andrew Jones

Contact details
E-mail: A dot Jones dot 12 at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0) 24765 23504
Room: R3.18 (Ramphal, 3rd floor)
Office Hours (Term 2): Monday 10-11; Wednesday 10-11

Dr Andrew Jones

Assistant Professor

Academic Profile
  • 2017-present: Assistant Professor in Global Sustainable Development, School for Cross-faculty Studies, University of Warwick
  • 2015-2017: Teaching Fellow in Imperial History, Department of History, University of Warwick
  • 2014-2015: Teaching Fellow in Modern History, School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham

  • 2014: PhD Modern History, University of Birmingham
  • 2010: MA Contemporary History, University of Birmingham
  • 2006: BA History, University of Manchester


I joined the Global Sustainable Development programme in June 2017, from the Department of History at the University of Warwick. Prior to that appointment I worked in the School of History and Cultures at the University of Birmingham.

I am a contemporary historian with a particular interest in how global issues are conceptualised, represented, challenged and governed. My key interests include histories of international aid, humanitarianism, sustainable development, NGOs, imperialism, decolonisation, global governance and the mass media. My published work has focused upon modern Britain to date, although going forward I envision my research becoming more transnational in scope.


My published research to date has focused primarily on humanitarianism, international aid and influential NGOs in twentieth-century Britain. I am writing a monograph which will investigate how the contemporary humanitarian sector developed in post-war Britain – characterised by substantial funding and public support, and close interconnections between NGOs, the media and government. I have published or forthcoming pieces which address various aspects of this research, including the rise of NGOs (Twentieth Century British History), the iconic Band Aid enterprise (Contemporary British History), and the significance of television in shaping the evolution of British humanitarianism (Lawrence & Tavernor, eds.). In a future research project I will further interrogate the campaigning and advocacy activities of the transnational development NGO sector, focusing upon networks of international NGOs in North America and Western Europe and their relationships with global governance actors.

I also have an emerging interest in histories of, and interdisciplinary approaches to global poverty and international development. I co-founded and have been involved in running the Poverty Research Network, set up at the University of Warwick in 2016 to bring together scholars from different disciplines working on broad themes of poverty and social justice. Through this network, I am co-investigator on an AHRC Research Network for International Development grant entitled ‘Beyond Development: Local Visions of Global Poverty’. Running from 2016-2018, this network will host multiple workshops in ODA recipient nations to explore how different narratives of poverty and poverty reduction have been conceptualised and articulated, and feed these back to policymakers and practitioners at home.


I have accumulated several years of undergraduate teaching experience on a wide range of subjects, including team-taught modules and dissertation supervision. Topics I have taught on include international aid and development, 20th century British politics and culture, global humanitarianism, NGOs, imperialism and decolonisation, social activism, historical methods and theory, and food systems and sustainability. In 2017-18 I am co-convening Food Systems: Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability.


In Progress
  • The Disaster Industry: The Rise of Humanitarianism in Post-War Britain, monograph based on doctoral research
  • ‘Empires of Charity’, special edition of New Global Studies, co-edited with Julia McClure (forthcoming)

Book Reviews
  • Review of: Michelle Tusan, The British Empire and the Armenian Genocide: Humanitarianism and Imperial Politics from Gladstone to Churchill (2017), in Reviews in History (forthcoming)
  • Review of: Mark Hurst, British Human Rights Organizations and Soviet Dissent, 1965-1985 (2016), in Journal of British Studies (forthcoming)
  • Review of: Ben Ramalingam, Aid on the Edge of Chaos: Rethinking International Cooperation in a Complex World, in Economic History Review, 68:4 (2015), 1487-1488
  • Review of: Timothy Mitchell, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, in Journal of History and Cultures, 1 (2012), 65-67

Selected Online Features

Grants Awarded
  • 2016-2018: £60,000: AHRC Research Networking Scheme for International Development (co-investigator): The Poverty Research Network - Rethinking Development
  • 2010-2013: £40,752: College of Arts and Law PhD Scholarship, University of Birmingham: 3-year doctoral scholarship to cover fees and maintenance

Workshops Organised
  • ‘Empires of Charity’ (with Julia McClure): Poverty Research Network, Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of Warwick, 3 March 2017 (16 speakers, approx. 40 attendees)
  • ‘The Aesthetics of Poverty’ (with Julia McClure): Poverty Research Network, Interdisciplinary Workshop, University of Warwick, 30 June 2016 (11 speakers, approx. 30 attendees)

Additional Activities

Selected Conference Presentations
  • ‘Jonathan Dimbleby's Unknown Famine: Television, Humanitarianism and Politics in Britain’, Birmingham School of Media seminar series, Birmingham City University, November 2017
  • ‘International NGOs, Development and Women in post-independence Bangladesh’, Women, Migration and Poverty, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 2017
  • ‘Who Cares? Public support for Aid in Britain’, School for Cross-Faculty Studies seminar series, University of Warwick, October 2017
  • ‘Humanitarian Charity in the Neoliberal Marketplace’, Humanitarianism and Charity: Expressions of or Alternatives to Socioeconomic Rights?, international conference, Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Mainz, Germany, September 2017
  • ‘The rise and fall of poverty porn?’, EADI Nordic Conference, Bergen, Norway, August 2017
  • ‘Public Support for Aid and Humanitarianism in Britain’, Citizens of the World? The Place of the International in British Politics since 1918, Queen Mary University of London, March 2017
  • ‘The Rise of Philanthrocapitalism’, Annual PPE Forum, University of Warwick, October 2016
  • ‘"A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep”: Public Support for International Aid, Development and Humanitarianism in Contemporary Britain’, Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference, University of Liverpool, July 2016
  • ‘The ‘Pornography of Poverty’ Revisited: The Aesthetics of Emergency Humanitarianism’, Poverty Research Network workshop: The Aesthetics of Poverty, University of Warwick, June 2016
  • ‘The Rise of Humanitarian Aid in Britain’, Britain and the World, international Conference, King's College London, June 2016
  • ‘Governing Disasters: Humanitarian NGOs and the State in Britain, 1968-85’, Rethinking Contemporary British Political History: A Symposium for Early-Career Scholars, Queen Mary University of London, September 2015
  • ‘The Humanitarian Industry in Britain’, Rethinking Modern British Studies, international conference, University of Birmingham, July 2015
  • ‘Feed the World: Band Aid 30 in Historical Perspective’, Aid in Time: Histories of Humanitarianism, University of Bristol, June 2015
  • ‘The Problem of Images? Humanitarianism and Television since the 1960s’, Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture, international conference, University of Sussex, February 2015
  • ‘An early history of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), 1963-1985’, Voluntary Action History Society, seminar series, Institute for Historical Research, October 2014
  • ‘The Politics of Disaster Relief, 1964-74’, Voluntary Action History Society Fifth International Conference, University of Huddersfield, July 2013
  • ‘Band Aid Humanitarianism and the “Famine Movement”, 1984-85’, New Times Revisited? Examining Society, Culture and Politics in the Long 1980s, international conference, University of Birmingham & University of Warwick, June 2013
  • ‘The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and British Humanitarianism’, Humanitarianism: Past, Present and Future, international conference, University of Manchester, September 2012
  • ‘Humanitarian NGOs & News Production’, Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Brighton, April 2012