Ben Radley is a Fellow in Development Studies at the Department of International Development of the London School of Economics (LSE). His research centres on the political economy of late industrialisation in Central Africa, with a particular focus on 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 in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.
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 photographic book project to outline an alternative to the currently dominant model of foreign-controlled industrial mining in Africa, and developing a postdoctoral research project to investigate the role of TNCs in helping or hindering the emergence of a domestically-led manufacturing sector in Burundi, 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 ILO, the EU, 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.
Peer-reviewed journal articles