Dr Ben Radley

Dr Ben Radley

LSE Fellow

Department of International Development

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Key Expertise
Political economy; industrialisation; transnational corporations; labour

About me

Ben Radley is a Fellow in Development Studies at the Department of International Development of the London School of Economics (LSE). His research interests centre on the political economy of industrialisation with a regional focus on Central Africa, paying particular attention to the influence and effects of Northern-based transnational corporations (TNCs) on this process. Ben holds a Master of Science in Development Studies from the LSE, and a PhD (cum laude) in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies.

Ben is currently working on a number of journal articles related to his PhD thesis, which drew attention to forms of disruption and dependency resulting from the pursuit of TNC-led mining industrialisation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He is also working on a book manuscript provisionally titled ‘Mining in the Shadows of Giants’, and developing a new research project to explore the intersection between renewable energy transitions, industrial policy and economic development through a comparative case study of Rwanda and the DRC.

Ben has been involved in international development for 15 years, including 10 years living and working in Kenya, Burundi and the DRC. During this time, he has worked with and advised various ministries, multilateral agencies and NGOs, including the EU, the OECD, the ILO, DFID, GIZ, USAID and Oxfam. Alongside his academic work, he writes frequently for a range of different media outlets, including past publications for Al Jazeera, the Guardian, the Washington Post and Jeune Afrique.

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Book chapters

Expertise Details

Political economy; industrialisation; transnational corporations; the state; labour; mining; manufacturing