Gerard Clarke is Head of the Department of Political and Cultural Studies and Associate Professor in Politics and International Development. He specialises in the study of policy and practice relevant to international development from a political perspective, including support for civil society and for rights-based approaches to development, and in development within specific countries and regions (especially in the Philippines and in South-East Asia). Much of his work over the last 10 years has focused on faith-based organizations and international development.
A graduate of the University of Limerick, he completed a M.Sc.(Econ) in Comparative Government at the London School of Economics, graduating with distinction in 1990. After working with Christian Aid in London for two years, he completed a PhD on Non-Governmental Organizations and Philippine Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, graduating in 1995. He first joined Swansea University in 1994 as a Lecturer in Development Studies and over the next sixteen years, acted as a consultant to a number of organizations, including the Department for International Development, the World Bank and the National Audit Office, working in more than 20 countries. He joined the Department of Political and Cultural Studies in 2010 and since then has worked on research projects funded by the British Academy, the Commonwealth Foundation and the German Research Foundation.