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Dr Ben Garner

Senior Lecturer

Ben Garner


I lead and teach on the BA programme in International Development Studies here at Portsmouth.  Prior to arriving in Portsmouth in 2012, I taught courses on development studies, international political economy, colonial history and sociology at the University of Manchester, University of Leeds and Liverpool Hope University.

Research Interests

My recent research (ESRC funded) has engaged with debates about the recent “cultural turn” in development theory and practice, examining 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 involved empirical studies of the work of UNESCO and the World Bank, the formation of international treaties on cultural diversity and indigenous rights, and the work of policymakers and civil society stakeholders in the Caribbean and the European Union.  This work was published in 2016 as The Politics of Cultural Development: Trade, Cultural Policy and the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity (Routledge).

I have further interests in the study of globalisation and neoliberal governmentality, and in theories and histories of imperialism.

Research Clusters

  • International Development Studies
  • Security, Citizenship and Social Justice
  • Francophone Studies

Discipline Areas

  • International Development Studies
  • International and Area Studies (Latin America and Caribbean)
  • Sociology and Cultural Studies

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