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Professor Behrooz Morvaridi

PositionProfessor of International Development Studies, Director Rotary Peace Centre
LocationPemberton Building 1.20
DepartmentPeace Studies and International Development
Telephone+44 (0)1274 23 3961
Emailb.morvaridi@bradford.ac.uk
ORCID0000-0003-4839-2085

Research Interests (key words only)

Political economy of development, forced migration, displacement and resettlement, poverty and inequality, Impact assessment in conflict and post conflict contexts, social protection, agrarian rural development, new philanthropy and development.

PhD Supervision

I have supervised many PhD students and ensure that my students reach their highest academic potential.

Current PhD students

  • Edmund Brekin: Can Conditional Cash Transfers decrease violent crime? A Mexican Case Study
  • Ngwira Chapota, Mercy: Social Protection and Social Transformation
  • Victoria Arjan: The ‘Turkish Model’, the Arab region and the Political Reproduction of State Polities

Associate Supervisor

  • Yagmur Savran: Kurdish Conflict in Turkey
  • Boakye Boampong: The Impact of Risk Management on Land Amdinistration in Ghana

PhD students completed

  • Sumaila Issaka Asuru (2017): New Philanthropy and Social Protection in Sub–Saharan Africa: A case study of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in the northern region of Ghana.
  • Chika Charles Aniekwe (2017): Economic liberalisation and Smallholder Farmers’ Access to Markets in a Rice Producing Region in Nigeria.
  • Sydney Nkhoma (2016) Cash Transfers: Ladders or Hand-Outs? An Analysis of Community Targeted Social Cash Transfers, Machinga District, Malawi
  • Ibrahim Adeolu Bakare (2012): Governance, Poverty and Resource Management: A Case Study of the Niger- Delta.
  • Kurt Hall (2011) The Poverty Construct and Its Resonance With the Experiencing of Deprivation
  • Anula Tennakoon (2011) Changing Dynamics of NGO Accountability: A hegemonic Analysis of a Sri Lankan Case.
  • Cobbinah, E.J. (2011) Paradox and barriers in Participation and Rural Development: A Case of Nzema East District Ghana.
  • Patrick Osei-Kufuor (2010) Does Institutionalising Decentralisation works? Rethinking Agency, Institutions, and Authority in Local Governance.
  • Satoshi Kuwazawa (2009) Poverty of Indigenous People in Taiwan – Rethinking Agency Embedded Disposition, Role of the Family and Institutions in the Study of Poverty.
  • Margaret Sikwese (2008): Power Relations and Agents: Questioning Empowerment of Local Communities in Decentralised and Community – Based Forestry
  • Anna Mdee (2008) Structure, Agency, and the Populist Development Paradigm: An ethnography of development and change in Uchira, Tanzania.
  • Kelum Jayasinghe (2006): Entrepreneurship in a Rural community of Sri Lanka: A Study of Power relations and Calculative Practice.
  • Hanna King (PhD 2004): The State and the community Management of Small Scale Coastal Fisheries Resources in the Gambia

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

I am Coordinator of MA in International Development Management and I teach Issues in Development Theory and Issues in Development Policy.

Administrative Responsibilities

Director, Rotary Peace Centre Director, Postgraduate Programme Convenor, Development Studies Association Conference at the University of Bradford 2017

Biography

Following the completion of his PhD from Kent University, Behrooz Morvaridi has pursued research on international rural development and agrarian change linking theoretical advances with practical policy application.

With more than 25 years experience working in the field of social development, Morvaridi’s theoretical and empirical research experience displays an interdisciplinary approach and covers a range of specialist areas within rural development, including food security, forced migration, the politics of social protection, the social impact assessment of large infrastructure projects, migration, displacement and resettlement, poverty and inequality and the political economy of development.

He has conducted fieldwork research and consultancy in Turkey, Cyprus, Iran, Tajikistan, Oman, Tunisia, India, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Romania, Estonia with funding from a number of different agencies.

His book, ‘Social Justice and Development’ extends the theory of social justice from a local to global level. My recent research has been on new philanthropy and social Justice and understanding the relationship between the agency associated with philanthropy and business approaches and interests.

As part of this work, I coordinated a symposium on ‘New Philanthropy and social Justice’ at University of Bradford in March 2013 and subsequently edited book was published in 2015 (hard copy) and 2016 (paper back) by Policy Press.

I wrote both the leading article and the concluding chapter, as well as selecting and curating contributions. The book was described by one reviewer as "providing invaluable critique and philosophical grounding to the debates on philanthropy".

I with Caroline Hughes have extended a research agenda through the organisation of a workshop on “Globalization and the Politics of Aid” together with Caroline Hughes in 2015, which in turn led to our co-authorship of a paper on “South-South Cooperation and Neo-Liberal Hegemony in a Post-Aid World”.

My work on the new philanthropy has led to my current interest in the political economy of development partnerships.

To understand how partnerships between multinational corporations, capitalist philanthropy and NGOs work, I conducted fieldwork in Kenya in 2015, funded by Homran Foundation.

I have presented my findings from this work in Toronto (August 2016, XIII Congress of Rural Sociology), at the Development Studies Association at the University of Oxford (Sept 2016), and as an invited and funded participant at a workshop at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Paris (Nov, 2016).

Professional Activities

  • 2016: Panel member: Newton Fund Research Committee Councils UK
  • 2016 - External Examiner MA in development studies, IDS, University of Sussex

Research Areas

My work on the new philanthropy has led to my current interest in the political economy of development partnerships. To understand how partnerships between multinational corporations, capitalist philanthropy and NGOs work, I conducted fieldwork in Kenya in 2015, funded by Homran Foundation. I have presented my findings from this work in Toronto (August 2016, XIII Congress of Rural Sociology), at the Development Studies Association at the University of Oxford (Sept 2016), and as an invited and funded participant at a workshop at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Paris (Nov, 2016). MY main research are are as follow: Political economy of development, forced migration, displacement and resettlement, poverty and inequality, Impact assessment in conflict and post conflict contexts, social protection, agrarian rural development, new philanthropy and development.

Current Projects

The focus of current work: I am currently working with Caroline Hughes to develop further ideas about partnership in the context of the transforming international political economy and the changing aid environment.

The Political Economy of Partnerships: a Data Supply Chain for Global Knowledge Production?

The proposed research investigates the political economy of North-South research partnerships, asking:

  1. What structural constraints affect North-South research collaboration?
  2. How do constraints affect distributions of: a) control over research? b) rewards from research?
  3. How does this affect knowledge production about development challenges?

The hypothesis is that Northern partners retain control over, and benefit most from, research collaboration because of structurally embedded advantages, unless agency is exerted to counteract this. The proposed research will compare the experience of research partnerships between European universities and universities/research institutions in West Africa and South East Asia. The project will include a range of partners from Ghana, Cambodia and Europe.

Publications

  • Morvaridi, B. and Caroline Hughes (Forthcoming) South-South Cooperation and Neo-Liberal Hegemony in a Post-Aid World.
  • Morvaridi, B. (2016) Does sub-Saharan Africa need new philanthropy to reduce poverty and achieve food security? Review of African Political Economy, 43: 147, 2016.
  • Morvaridi, B. (ed, 2015 hardback 2016 paper back) New Philanthropy and Social Justice, Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Morvaridi, B. (2015) Philanthropy, Social Protection and Social Justice, in Morvaridi (edited)
  • ‘New Philanthropy and Social Justice’, Bristol: Policy Press, pp.1– 25.
  • Morvaridi, B. (2013) Politics of Philanthropy and Welfare Governance: The Case of Turkey, European Journal of Development Research, 25(3), 1–17.
  • Morvaridi, B. (2013) Social Protection, Social Safety Nets and Targeting Mechanism in COMCEC Member Countries, COMCEC p. 1- 110.
  • Morvaridi, B. (2012) Capitalist Philanthropy and Hegemonic Partnerships, Third World Quarterly, 33(7), pp.1193-1212.
  • Morvaridi, B. (2012) New Philanthropy and The New Green Revolution, International Journal of Agriculture and Food, 19(2), pp.243-256.
  • Morvaridi, B. (2011) The Right to Self–determination and Individual rights in the Era of Decolonization in Sub-Saharan Africa, Journal of History Research, 10:1, pp. 19 – 35.
  • Morvaridi, B, et al (2010), International Experience with Social Impact Assessment at Project Level in EU, More Social Cohesion Through More Social Impact Assessment . Brussels: EU. Pp. 61 -83.
  • Morvaridi, B (2009) Forced Migration, Containment and Human Rights in Ayata, A et al Rethinking Global Migration: Practices, Policies and Discourses in the European Neighbourhood, Brussels: EU and Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. ISBN: 978-605-89751-1-8
  • Morvaridi, B. (2008) Rights and Development Induced Displacement: Risk Management or Social Protection? In Grabska, K and Mehta, L (eds) Forced Displacement: Why Rights Matter, London: Pargrave. 
  • Morvaridi, B. (2008) Social Justice and Development, London: Palgrave.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Conference Presentations (selected):

  • 2016 (Nov): New Philanthropy, Partnerships and Food Security, The Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Paris.
  • 2016 (Sept) with Caroline Hughes: South-South Cooperation and Hegemonic World Order in a Post-Aid Era, Development Studies Association, University of Oxford.
  • 2016 (August): The Political Economy of Partnerships : The Gates Foundation, Coca Cola and TechnoService (NGOs), XIII Congress of Rural Sociology, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2014: New Philanthropy and Development, at a conference on Charity, Philanthropy and Development, University of Sussex, 14 – 15 May 2014.
  • 2013: Social Protection, Social Safety Nets, Ministry of Development, Ankara, Turkey.
  • 2013: Convenor of an international Symposium on New Philanthropy and Social Justice April 2013 at Bradford University (http://www.brad.ac.uk/ssis/new-philanthropy/).
  • 2011: Philanthropy, GM Crops and Food Security, in Workshop on Food and Nutritional Security, organised by European Congress of Rural Sociology/EU, Crete/Greece the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania.
  • 2010 Oct: Social Impact Assessment at the Policy Level: Lessons From Social Impact Assessment at the Project Level, in EU, More Social Cohesion Through More Social Impact Assessment . Brussels: EU.
  • 2010 Nov: The Role of the European Social Fund in Fighting Against Poverty and Social Exclusion, invited by the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Brussels: EU.
  • 2009: The Right to Self-determination and Individual rights: The Formation of the Ideas of Human Rights Within UNESCO in the Era of Decolonization in Sub-Saharan Africa, Organised by UNESCO, Sengal, University of Cheikh Anta Diop.
  • 2008: Migrants, Containment and human Rights Issues, Conference of the European Union Sixth Framework Programme Project GLOMIG (Global Migration from the Eastern Mediterranean and Eurasia: Security and Human Rights Challenges to Europe), Middleast Technical University. Ankara.

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