Dr Gerard Clarke

Dr Gerard Clarke
Associate Professor
Political and Cultural Studies
Telephone: (01792) 513525

I joined the university in 1994 while completing my PhD, and was based in the Centre for Development Studies for 16 years until its closure in 2010. I then moved to the Dept of Political and Cultural Studies where I am now Associate Professor in Politics and International Development. While in CDS, I worked on consultancy assignments for a range of organizations including the Department for International Development, the World Bank and the National Audit Office. Prior to that, I taught at Middlesex University and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the Philippines in Manila. I completed my PhD on Non-Governmental Organisations and Philippine Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London after completing a masters degree in Comparative Government at the London School of Economics.

Areas of Expertise

  • Politics and International Development
  • International development policy
  • Civil society and international development
  • Human rights and international development

Publications

  1. Governance and transnational civil society: the problem of transnational rent-seeking. Journal of Civil Society 12(1), 82-100.
  2. The Perils of Entanglement: Bilateral Donors, Faith-Based Organizations and International Development. In Giles Carbonnier (Ed.), International Development Policy 2013: Religion and Development. (pp. 65-78).
  3. Faith and Development: Challenges for Donors. In Heidi Moksnes & Mia Melin (Ed.), Faith in Civil Society: Religious Actors as Drivers of Change. Uppsala: Uppsala Universitet.
  4. Civil Society in the Philippines: Theoretical, Methodological and Policy Debates. Abingdon: Routledge.
  5. The Evolving ASEAN Human Rights System: The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration of 2012. Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights 11(1), 1-27.

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Teaching

  • PO-235 Global Justice and Human Rights

    TBA

  • PO-3117 Politics and International Development

    This module explores the role of politics or political science as a distinct social science discipline in the study of international development. It explores key theories from politics/political science that are relevant to the study of international development, their real world applications and the debates to which they give rise. The module also examines the politics/political science underpinnings of key policy debates within leading institutions tasked with promoting international development (including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The module examines the role of the state, the market and civil society in promoting international development and at the value and limitations of this triadic model.

  • PO-396 Researching Politics 1

    This module offers students a valuable experience of both individual and collective research as well as the opportunity to study in depth an important aspect of Politics and International Relations. After an introductory session students will work in small groups pursuing research into a specific topic using a wide variety of source materials under the guidance of a member of staff with appropriate specialist knowledge and expertise.

  • PO-397 Researching Politics 2 (PO-327)

    This module offers students a valuable experience of both individual and collective research - as well as the opportunity to study in depth an important aspect of Politics and International Relations. Students extend and deepen the research undertaken in PO-396 Researching Politics 1 and continue to meet regularly in order to share ideas, opinions and sources. In these meetings, students evaluate, criticise and analyse issues concerning the topic under investigation. Minutes of the meetings are kept and the meetings are conducted with a view to arriving at a common position that will serve as the basis for producing a collectively authored report and presentation. Each student in the group also produces a shorter individual report on their own experience of Researching Politics, in the course of which they reflect on their individual contribution to the groups output. This self-assessment is validated by the other members of the group.

  • PO-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.

  • PO-M62 Civil Society and Development

    Examines the concept of civil society and efforts by donors to promote its expansion in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Then examines the role of civil society organisations in the development process, including non-governmental organisations, community based organisations, trade unions and other representative associations. Focuses on the works of non-governmental organisations and examines the basis of NGO activity , looks at what constitutes a NGO, and outlines different typologies of NGO's. Drawing on 'third sector' theory, it looks at the nature of NGO activity, its distinctiveness in comparison to government agencies and the private sector and looks at the strengths and weaknesses of NGO strategies in historical perspective.

  • PO-M63 Rights-based Approaches to Development

    Rights-based approaches to development (RBAD) are now part of a new orthodoxy with respect to policy and practice in support of international development. They have become popular in part because they provide a language for analysing poverty as a complex and multi-dimensional phenomena and for analysing governance as a process that responds directly to people¿s needs, entitlements and rights. They direct attention to aspects of poverty which have traditionally been neglected in development policy at national and international levels. This module examines the background to rights-based approaches to development. Particular attention will is paid to the four separate arenas in which RBADs are now evident: development practice, development discourse; the policy commitments of donors and governments; and the obligations imposed on donors and governments by international human rights law. The module examines the implications of rights-based approaches for development policy and practice in the context of two contradictory phenomena: a system of international relations based on the principle of state sovereignty and the complex phenomenon of `globalis ation¿. Issues that arise in relation to the rights of indigenous peoples and children will be used as ways of examining the situation of vulnerable groups.

  • PO-M64 Violence, Conflict and Development

    Violence and conflict have been enduring and widespread obstacles to the promotion of sustainable development throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, and the 21st century looks set to continue this pattern. This module examines the roots and causes of conflict and violence in developing nations and explores how and why such conflict emerge even between hitherto seemingly peacefully co-existing communities. The module asks what impact protracted and violent conflict can have upon development prospects and democratisation processes, and examines national and international responses to violence and conflict mediation processes and systems. The module also explores soome of the arguments surrounding the use of aid in conflict situations, and examines the extent to which development aid and emergency relief can assist in perpetuating a state of conflict.

Supervision

  • Changing Circumstances, Similar Paradigms: French Academia and the Causes of the Arab Spring. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Robert Bideleux
  • 'Achieving Good Governance and Development in Nigeria through Decentralization.' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Krijn Peters
  • International Development Planning: the role of Social Analysis (SIA) A case of World Health Organisation Country Programme in Nigeria (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Krijn Peters
  • “From weapons to wheels: assessing the impact of track construction for motorbike taxis on rural youth in Liberia”. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Krijn Peters
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Yan Wu
  • '''Primary Education, Conflict and Policy Implications in the Gaza Strip''' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Krijn Peters
  • 'Project Management and Participation in Ecuadorean Development.' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Eleanor Fisher
  • The Two-State Illusion: A Critical Assessment of Western Donor Engagement in State-Building in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Tim Bowyer
  • Japan's Aid policy: Tension in Aid Reform for Poverty Reduction (awarded 2011)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Mike Sullivan
  • "We Need To Go Back To Our Respected Domesticated Position, 'Musatat'" Gender Relations and Women's Agency during the Second Intifada In Gaza (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Gerard Whitehead
    Other supervisor: Dr Tim Bowyer
  • Non-Government Organizations and Development in Sudan: Relations with the State and Institutional Strengthening (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Tim Bowyer
  • Small scale enterprises in the Gaza Strip: a case study of textile/clothing industries (awarded 2007)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Prodromos Panayiotopoulos
  • Administration of local Panchayati Raj Institution in Orissa. (awarded 2005)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Professor Alan Rew

Current Research

I am currently undertaking research on prominent global civil society organizations which constitute global special interests. I am also leading a research project funded by the British Academy on human rights in South-East Asia, focusing on the evolving ASEAN human rights mechanism, involving colleagues in Swansea University and the University of the Philippines, Diliman. I have recently completed research projects on Philippince civil society and on faith-based organizations and international development.

Research awards, fellowships and prizes

  • 2013 British Academy grant under its International Partnership and Mobility Scheme for collaborative research on human rights in South-East Asia. 
  • 2008 European Journal of Development Research prize
  • 2007 & 2008 British Academy and Association for South-East Asian Studies in the UK (ASEASUK) research grants for research on Philippine civil society
  • 2007 Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Policy & Public Affairs, School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University;
  • 2006 Commonwealth Foundation, research grant for research on Muslim Aid UK. 
  • 2005 Department for International Development, grant for research on DFID engagement with faith groups and the role of faith in poverty reduction (with CDS colleagues)