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Dr Peter Dwyer

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Contact details

Email: peter dot dwyer at warwick dot ac dot uk

Tel.: +44(0) 24765 22504
Room: R3.16 Ramphal Building

Office hours: Term 1

Monday - Friday 12.00-13.00 on Teams by appointment

Monday - Wednesday I am in the Virtual Common Room on Teams 13.00-13.30

Teaching Fellow and Director of Student Experience

Biography

I joined GSD in September 2019. I have worked in the private and non-profit sector and in both community-based and higher education in the UK and Southern Africa. I obtained a PhD in Development Studies at the University of East Anglia. This involved 9 months ethnographic and oral life history work with former anti-apartheid activists who moved from grassroots activism to being members of government with Nelson Mandela. I then completed a Postdoctoral fellowship on community based organisations at the Centre for Civil Society in the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. I was involved in the first major study of post-apartheid social movements before working as the Head of Education and Campaigns for a South African nongovernmental organisation. I then worked as a researcher in the non-profit sector in the UK before returning to higher education in 2008. I have been involved in environmental and social justice campaigns for over 30 years and have worked closely with a broad range of civil society organisations in Europe, Africa and Latin America.


Teaching

I currently convene Principles and Praxis of Global Sustainable Development, co-convene GD107 Global Sustainable Development Project and I jointly teach on GD106 Social Principals of Global Sustainable Development.

I have extensive experience of supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and I have also examined MAs and PhDs for the University of Johannesburg.


Research

I use ethnography to explore the ways in which popular classes, predominantly in Africa, respond and contend with the impact of social, political and environmental change. I am also interested in examining how involvement in activism transforms individuals and the lessons that can be learned from participation.


Selected publications

Books

Dwyer P. and Zeilig, L. (2012) African Struggles Today: Social Movements Since Independence. Chicago: Haymarket Books.

Journal articles and book chapters


Selected conference papers and presentations

  • ‘Decolonising research and democratising thought: the role of the Review of African Political Economy’, at the Social Change from below colloquium, Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg, 13 June 2019.
  • ‘Review of African Political Economy: Reflections on a Radical Africanist Journal’ at the conference of Contemporary Africa’s, Creative Africa’s: Conceptual and Methodological Advances in African Studies, University of Leeds, 4-5 April 2019.
  • Seddon, D and Dwyer, P. (2010) ‘Popular protest, working class struggle and progressive politics in sub-Saharan Africa: 1990-2010’, paper presented at the 15th International Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, 29–31 March.
  • Dwyer, P. Seddon, D and Zeilig, L, (2008) 'An epoch of uprisings: Social movements in post-colonial Africa', paper presented at the 13th International Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, 17–19 March.

Selected invited presentations

  • Dwyer, P. ‘From Marikana to Boksburg: a fork in the road for the South African labour movement?, Trade Unions in the Global South from 1948 to the present day”, TUC, Congress House, 13 June 2014.
  • Dwyer, P. ‘The Marikana Mine Massacre: Implications for labour and social movements’, The Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, National University of Ireland, 3 April 2013.
  • Dwyer, P. ‘Trade Unions and Rural Economic Development in Nigeria’ at the Association of Senior Staff of Banks Insurance and Financial Institutions, Trade Union Congress, Lagos, Nigeria, 4 December 2011.
  • Dwyer, P.From Wall Street to the Arab Street: 989 days that shook the world’, at Global Crisis: Responses and Impacts in the Global South a one day workshop Politics and International Studies Global Development and Justice Research Group , at the University of Leeds, 4 March 2011.
  • Dwyer, P. ‘The Financial Crisis and Resistance in the Global South’, at the European Union COST conference, Centre for African Studies, Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, 26 November 2010.
  • Dwyer, P. 'Representing the poor or poor representation?: Media in post-apartheid South Africa', The Poverty Challenge, South Africa Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD) Conference, Durban, 26-30 June, 2007.
  • Larmer, M and Dwyer, P. ‘Four Wheel Drives and Burning Tyres’: Mapping Social Movements in Southern Africa, at the International Sociology Association Congress, Durban, 23-29 July 2006.

Media and community engagement

I have over 30 years’ experience of working with community-based organisations, campaigning groups and the labour movement in the UK and Africa. I have spoken at a variety of academic and activist conferences and public events such as the World Social Forums in Brazil, Mali and Kenya.

Between 2017-2019, as part of my work on the editorial board of the Review of African Politcial Economy), I helped to plan and co-ordinate a series of participative workshops in Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa that facilitated a dialogue about social change between concerned academics and civil society participants. One aim of which was to look at ways of decolonising research and knowledge.

I have a wide range of media experience and have spoken on TV and radio in the UK, South Africa, Brazil and Kenya.

September 2018 Invited panellist ‘Land reform: Promise or peril in South Africa?’ TRT World TV

November 2017: Invited panellist ‘What mark will Zuma leave on South Africa?’ TRT World TV

External service

I have been on the editorial board of The Review of African Political Economy since 2014.