Email: peter dot dwyer at warwick dot ac dot uk
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Office hours: Term 3
Monday - Friday 12.00-13.00 on Teams.
Email is the best way to contact me for an appointment.
Monday - Wednesday I am in the Virtual Common Room on Teams 13.00-13.30
Teaching Fellow and Director of Student Experience
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 25 years and have worked closely with a broad range of civil society organisations in Europe, Africa and Latin America.
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.
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.
Dwyer P. and Zeilig, L. (2012) African Struggles Today: Social Movements Since Independence. Chicago: Haymarket Books.
Journal articles and book chapters
- Zeilig, L and Dwyer, P. (2021) 'Uprisings and Revolutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1985-2014’, in Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age, edited by Colin Barker, Gareth Dale and Neil Davidson, Chicago: Haymarket Books.
- Dwyer, P. et al, (2020) 'Reflecting on resistance and transformation in Africa; a workshop for movement and activist-scholars', Review of African Political Economy, volume 46, issue 162, pp 632-664.
- Dwyer, P. and Zeilig, L 'Marxism, class and revolution in Africa: the legacy of the 1917 Russian Revolution', International Socialism Journal, issue 157, winter 2018.
- Zeilig, L, Larmer M and Dwyer, P. (2012) ‘An epoch of uprisings: Social Movements in post-colonial Africa’, 1945-98, Socialist History 40.
- Dwyer, P. Larmer, M. and Zeilig, L, (2009) ‘Southern African social movements at the 2007 Nairobi World Social Forum’, Global Networks, A Journal of Transnational Affairs, volume 9, Number 1, pp 41-62.
- Dwyer, P. (2009) ‘South Africa under the ANC: Still bound to the chains of exploitation’ in Class Struggle and Resistance in Africa, Leo Zeilig (ed), Chicago: Haymarket Books.
- Dwyer, P. (2009) ‘Conclusion:“Shinga Mushandi Shinga! Qina Msebenzi Qina!” in Class Struggle and Resistance in Africa, Leo Zeilig (ed), Chicago: Haymarket Books.
- Dwyer, P. and Zeilig, L (2009) 'Township Protests, Militant Strikes: Rethinking the Left's Approach', in The South African Labour Bulletin, volume 33 Number 4, October/November.
- Desai, A. and Dwyer, P ‘Civil society, the United Nations and WCAR’, in Foreign Policy Bottom Up South African civil society and the globalisation of popular solidarity A report of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society Edited by Patrick Bond and Ashwin Desai.
- Dwyer, P. (2006) ‘The Concerned Citizens Forum: a fight within a fight’, in R. Ballard et al (eds) (2006) Voices of Protest: Social Movements in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Scottsville: University of KwaZulu Natal.
- Dwyer, P (2003) ‘Dying to fight’ Transformation; Critical Perspectives on South Africa, volume 53, pp-76-80.
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 25 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.
I have been on the editorial board of The Review of African Political Economy since 2014.