Dr William Brown

Senior Lecturer in Government and Politics


William Brown joined The Open University in 2000, after lecturing at Portsmouth and Leeds Universities. He gained a first degree in Sociology and Politics from Sheffield University in 1989 and his PhD from Leeds University in 1995.

Dr Brown has published in the field of International Relations with a particular focus on Africa, and on the international politics of development aid. Dr Brown was a founder of the British International Studies Association (BISA) Working Group on Africa and International Studies.

Recent work has focussed on the issue of sovereignty in aid relations ('Sovereignty Matters' African Affairs forthcoming, April 2013) and African Agency. The latter work includes a new book, African Agency in International Politics co-edited with Sophie Harman (Routledge, forthcoming 2013) and the article 'A Question of Agency: Africa in International Politics' Third World Quarterly 33(10) 2012.

Past research has included theoretical work (such as 'Africa and international relations: a comment on anarchy and statehood'Review of International Studies vol.32 no.1 2006) as well as contemporary political developments (such as 'The Commission for Africa: results and prospects for the west's Africa policy.' Journal of Modern African Studies vol.44 no.3 2006). He has written in particular on aid relations between UK/EU and Africa including the article 'Reconsidering the Aid relationship: International Relations and Social Development' which appeared in a special issue of the journal The Round Table (vol.98, no.402, 2009) which he co-edited. He is also author of a history of European Union relations with Africa: The European Union and Africa: restructuring north-south relations (IB Tauris 2002).

PhD supervision

William Brown's areas of possible PhD supervision include Africa's international relations; relations between western aid donors and Africa.

Dr Brown has published in the field of International Relations with a particular focus on Africa, and on the international politics of development aid. Dr Brown was a founder of the British International Studies Association (BISA) Working Group on Africa and International Studies.

Recent work has focussed on the issue of sovereignty in aid relations ('Sovereignty Matters' African Affairs forthcoming, April 2013) and African Agency. The latter work includes a new book, African Agency in International Politics co-edited with Sophie Harman (Routledge, forthcoming 2013) and the article 'A Question of Agency: Africa in International Politics' Third World Quarterly 33(10) 2012.

Past research has included theoretical work (such as 'Africa and international relations: a comment on anarchy and statehood'Review of International Studies vol.32 no.1 2006) as well as contemporary political developments (such as 'The Commission for Africa: results and prospects for the west's Africa policy.' Journal of Modern African Studies vol.44 no.3 2006). He has written in particular on aid relations between UK/EU and Africa including the article 'Reconsidering the Aid relationship: International Relations and Social Development' which appeared in a special issue of the journal The Round Table (vol.98, no.402, 2009) which he co-edited. He is also author of a history of European Union relations with Africa: The European Union and Africa: restructuring north-south relations (IB Tauris 2002).

PhD supervision

William Brown's areas of possible PhD supervision include Africa's international relations; relations between western aid donors and Africa.

Dr William Brown

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom
MK7 6AA