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Romain Chenet

Romain Chenet

Contact details

Email: Romain dot Chenet at warwick dot ac dot uk
Room: R3.16 (Ramphal Building)
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22/23 Term 2 office hours (book via link below)

Monday: 11am-12pm in R3.16, in-person.
Tuesday: 10-11am, online via MS Teams.

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Administrative enquiries:

Senior Teaching Fellow

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Warwick University Chaplaincy Faith Advisor (Indo-Tibetan Buddhism)


I joined GSD in 2018 and my role is split between teaching and management, with significant oversight and compliance responsibilities as Director of Undergraduate Studies in addition to leading on external-facing student recruitment as Director of Undergraduate Admissions. I hold an MA in Social Research, MA in International Politics, BA in Politics and Sociology, and am completing doctoral study on post-2015 development policies. Briefly, my project spans development, sociology, and politics in exploring global governance through poststructural analysis of discourse. I also have diverse further interests in critical development scholarship, and welcome dissertation enquiries on such topics.

I was previously based in London, working in multinational corporate relations and high-value fundraising management for INGOs including UNICEF and the Red Cross to build and fund long-term development projects, and to respond to humanitarian emergencies with partners such as the Disasters Emergency Committee. Before settling in the UK, I lived in Asia (Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia), shaping my experiences with development. My personal interests include cooking, gardening, Buddhist philosophy, and spending time with my cats.

Taught Modules

Social Principles of Global Sustainable Development (Convening Lecturer)

Surviving the Apocalypse (Convening Lecturer)

Gender and the Sustainable Development Agenda (Convening Lecturer)

Leading Transformation in the Anthropocene (Convening Lecturer)

Popular Movements and Sustainable Change (Convening Lecturer)

    Teaching and research interests

    The evolution of ‘sustainable development’ as a contested mythology; Discursive intersections, silences, and exclusions in development policy and practice; Poststructural discourse analysis (via Foucault); Gender and development; Global governance & power; NGOs and civil society; Culture and lifeworlds; Critical approaches (post-development, feminist, alternatives to development, degrowth, Buddhist economics, queer and trans theory); Epistemological pluralism / decolonisation beyond buzzwords; The history, politics, and sociology of development as a global project.

    Selected conference papers

    Innovative Practices and Pedagogies for International Development Studies 2022, Indiana University, and
    Mapping Interdisciplinarity 2022: Finding Our Way, University of Birmingham.
    Paper: Levering into fraught interdisciplinarity: A case study in teaching 'population'.

    Development Studies Association 2020 Conference, University of Birmingham.
    Paper: ‘Firmly in Britain's own national interest': DfID's dying development. Panel: Foreign Aid.

    International Development 2019 Conference, IDS, University of Sussex.
    Paper: Bilateral aid donors and discontents. Panel: Problematising Aid & Partnerships in Development.

    Centre for the Study of Women and Gender 2018 Symposium, University of Warwick.
    Panel Discussant: Feminism in/against Neoliberalism in International Development & Social Movements.

    Selected publications

    Chenet, R. (2020). Pursuing post-structuralism without linguistics. The Sociological Review Online.