Ben Garner
  • King Henry 1 Street, Park Building

    PO1 2DZ Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile


I am Senior Lecturer and Course Leader on the International Development/International Development programmes here at Portsmouth.  I have previously taught courses on development studies, international political economy and sociology at universities in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.

Research Interests

My research is interdisciplinary and takes a global perspective.  I am keen to draw together critical insights from across the humanities and social sciences in research that addresses contemporary global challenges.  I have a particular interest in developing Foucauldian and post/decolonial approaches to understanding global inequalities and strategies to confront these. 

An important strand of my research to date has been in exploring the role of culture within the political economy of development.  I have examined the different ways that culture has been conceptualised and become an area of contestation in international regimes of political and economic regulation from the postwar period to the present day. This has informed studies of the relationship between culture and trade liberalisation; the work of international organisations such as UNESCO, the World Bank and WTO; the formation and impact of international treaties on cultural diversity and indigenous rights; the political economy of knowledge and creativity; and the work of relevant policymakers and civil society stakeholders in Latin America and the Caribbean, the EU and China.

Research Clusters

  • International Development Studies
  • Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Security, Citizenship and Social Justice
  • Citizenship, "Race" and Belonging
  • Cultural Heritage and Sustainability

Discipline Areas

  • International Development
  • Global Political Economy
  • International and Area Studies (Latin America & Caribbean)
  • Sociology


I teach and supervise across the International Development programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  My main areas of teaching include:

  • International Development: Theory, Policy & Practice
  • Economics & Politics of Development
  • Development & Democracy in Latin America
  • Ethnicity, Class & Culture in the Developing World

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., PhD in Sociology / International Studies, University of Manchester

Award Date: 4 Apr 2011

Master of Science, MSc Sociological Research, University of Manchester

Award Date: 30 Sept 2007


  • HM Sociology
  • JC Political theory
  • JZ International relations
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • JX International law


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