Making Space for African Development: Inaugural Lecture

Giles Mohan

Professor of International Development Giles Mohan will give his inaugural lecture, Making Space for African Development, on Wednesday 24 October. Inaugural lectures, which are open to all, are a public platform for the OU’s professorial staff both to demonstrate leadership in their field and to engage the wider community.

In his lecture, Giles will challenge the prevailing view of Africa and Africans as the subjects of global history, on the receiving end of economic forces and political processes. Instead, he will draw attention to how Africans craft their own futures by acting as innovators and shapers of development solutions.

Giles’s research, which focuses on the ways in which African development is actively made in places and across spaces, takes place at the interface of political geography and development studies. In addition, it is strongly transnational and will draw on cases of African migrants in the UK and Chinese migrants in Africa. Inevitably questions of power, place and space underpin his work but, while grounded in critical theory, it is led strongly by practical questions.

Open to all, the event should prove equally fascinating to those with a background – either academic or practical - in international development and to those with an interest who would like to learn more.

The lecture will take place in the Berrill Lecture Theatre at 4pm, with tea/coffee available from 3.30pm. To reserve your free place please email:


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