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Dr Angela Crack

Reader in Civil Society

Angela Crack


Angela's research interests include NGO accountability, NGO self-regulation, NGO-donor relations, global civil society and transnational advocacy networks. Angela is currently engaged in a major AHRC-funded project with the University of Reading and the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC). The project, titled The Listening Zones of NGOs: languages and cultural knowledge in development programmes, explores the role that languages and cultural knowledge play in the policies and practices of development NGOs.

Angela is the co-founder/coordinator of the British International Studies Working Group on NGOs. She has published in various academic journals on the theory and practice of NGO accountability. Her most recent article investigates the efficacy of NGO peer regulation initiatives through interviews with senior staff from several leading humanitarian and development NGOs. She has also produced policy papers with EADI and INTRAC on cross-regional threats to civil society space. Her monograph investigated the emergence of a transnational public sphere through the use of new media technologies by cross-border social movements (2008 Palgrave Macmillan, Chinese language version published 2015 by ZheJiang University Press).

Angela is part of the Global Advisory Board for Transparency International's ECHO-funded research project, CREATE (Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies). She has been on the Expert Advisory Group on accountability for World Vision. In addition, she has also served for several years as a Trustee of Amnesty International UK, and as a member of the International Issues Sub-Committee to the Board.

She welcomes proposals from PhD candidates on civil society topics, particularly those that investigate NGO relationships with their partners and beneficiary communities.

Research Interests

Research Clusters

  • Co-leader of the Transnational Europe research cluster (with Professor W. Kaiser)

Discipline Areas

  • International Relations
  • International Development

Angela is currently engaged in a three year major AHRC-funded project (2015-18) with the University of Reading and INTRAC, titled The Listening Zones of NGOs: languages and cultural knowledge in development programmes.

She has recently concluded a research project on the impact of the INGO Accountability Charter, which proclaims to be 'the only global, fully comprehensive and cross-sectoral accountability framework for NGOs driven by NGOs.' The findings are informed by interviews from key informants and document analysis (paper under review).

Angela also leads a Faculty-funded Research Project: Transnational Civil Society. This new project seeks to understand the formation of transnational networks, their interaction with governments and international organisations, the effect of their activities on their organisational structure and working practices, and their impact on regional and global politics.

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