I am a human geographer who gained his PhD from Liverpool University in 1993. My work concerns the politics of development, particularly the intermingling of territorial scales and transnational networks. I have taught at Liverpool University, the University of Central Lancashire, Portsmouth University and The Open University. I was a handling editor of the Review of African Political Economy and a member of the editorial boards of Political Geography, Antipode, Geography Compass, and the International Development Planning Review. I have also acted as consultant to Open University/BBC productions including African School, Indian School, Comic Relief, the Reith Lectures, and Why Poverty?
I have a new DFID-ESRC project on Chinese National Oil Companies in Africa, which assesses the impacts of these firms on African development. It builds on previous work on China-Africa relations. In 2007 I received an ESRC grant entitled The politics of Chinese engagement with African 'development': Case studies of Angola and Ghana. This was followed up in 2010 by a new ESRC grant on Chinese migrants as agents of development and another as part of a network under the ESRC’s Rising Powers Programme.
Previously I worked on the developmental impacts of the diaspora, based on both theoretical work and case studies of the Ghanaian diaspora in the UK and its linkages to Ghana. With my recent study of Chinese migrants in Africa I am keen to develop these insights around new migration trajectories and Africa’s development. This concern with the role of migrants in local development evolved out of my work on decentralised and participatory development, which is an on-going interest.
I am currently chair for TU875 War, Intervention and Development, a postgraduate course in the Masters programme on Development Management. TU875 is being replaced by T879 entitled Conflict and Development, which broadens the focus beyond war.
China's enhanced role within the global economy has profound political implications across the world, but takes a particular form in Africa. Meeting China's increased demand for resources from Africa and expanding her markets also means securing political influence. Over the ...
China's impact on Africa has been discussed in terms of promoting 'bad' governance and/or signalling a new phase of 'imperialism'. Yet underlying these political and economic relationships is a profound social change in the shape of Chinese mi...
After decades of being regarded as ‘basket cases’ some African economies are experiencing growth rates that are among the fastest in the world. Much of this growth is based on the export of commodities, like oil, to China and other emerging economies. Driving this engagement are Chinese national oil companies (NOCs). While we hypothesise that the Chinese do things ‘differently’ to other...
Attracting more than 60 participants, together with papers and presentations of an extremely high quality, we're pleased to announce that the Asia Rising Symposium, held on 26 June, was a huge success. We'd very much like the event to be the first of many, so please do let us know your suggestions for future events.
Thank you to everyone who contributed so much to the day. Yo...
Is China ripping off Africa, as some people claim? Giles Mohan, Professor of International Development at The Open University has researched the subject and gives an informed answer.
His most recent work concerns role of China in African development. In 2007 I received an ESRC grant entitled The politics of Chinese engagement with African 'development': Case studies of Angola and Ghana...
Prof Giles Mohan discusses implications of Chinese investment in Africa in a 1 minute lecture.
The International Development Office at the OU (www.open.ac.uk/ido) has occasional short-term project opportunities for work such as writing, editing, critical reading, and to run or support central OU academics in running workshops, for example in curriculum development or best practice authoring for open and distance learning. We are therefore seeking t...
Prof. Giles Mohan
"the advantages and disadvantages of a Chinese company building a Ghanaian hydroelectric project"
Prof. Giles Mohan interviewed by China Daily on his research on Chinese immigrants in Africa
Research shows many negative assumptions about entrepreneurs from china doing business in africa
Chinese immigrants are making a great contribution to the economy of Africa, despite stereotypes and assumptions otherwise, says Giles Mohan, professor of internati...
Prof. Giles Mohan
"Development projects hold a greater responsibility for displacement than headline-grabbing humanitarian crises"
Prof. Giles Mohan
"Ghanian economy and the involvement of the Chinese in their energy production"
4 full-time funded PhD Studentships commencing October 2015 or February 2016
Approximate annual stipend of £13,863, Closing date: 15th July 2015. Interviews will commence in August 2015.
The Open University has a well-established research degrees programme with nearly 1200 full- and part-time postgraduate research students working on a wide range...
The burgeoning economies of some rapidly developing countries, notably China, India and Brazil, are shifting the global balance of power dramatically.
Nowhere has the impact of these...
As part of the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre at the University of Manchester Giles Mohan has produced a working paper which assesses what the impacts of China might be on the current political system and the prospects for inclusive de...
Prof. Giles Mohan
"Why are celebrities protesting against Chinese activities in Africa? Why is Africa important to the Chinese? What are the implications for the rest of the world?"
In his lecture, Giles will challenge the prevaili...
Development Policy and Practice
Faculty of Maths, Computing and Technology
The Open University
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