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Professor Thandika Mkandawire

mkandawire-t-113x148Professor of African Development
Department of International Development (ID)


Professor Thandika Mkandawire is former Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and the first person to take on the new position of Chair in African Development at the London School of Economics (LSE).. Prof. Mkandawire was formerly Director of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research in Copenhagen and has taught at the Universities of Stockholm and Zimbabwe.

He currently holds the Olof Palme Professor for Peace with the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm.

Research interests

His research interest are mostly in development theory, economic policy and development and social policy in developing countries and political economy of development in Africa

Publications & Presentations

  • Mkandawire, Thandika, 2001. "African Intellectuals and Nationalism in the Changing Global Context." Australasian Review of of African Studies, xxiii:1.
  • Mkandawire, Thandika. 2001. "Thinking About Developmental States in Africa." Cambridge Journal of Economics, 25:3, pp. 289-313.
  • Mkandawire, Thandika, 2002. "The Terrible Toll of Post-Colonial "Rebel Movements" in Africa: Toward an Explanation of the Violence Against the Peasantry." JMAS, 40:2, pp. 181-215.
  • Mkandawire, Thandika, 2004. "Disempowering New Democracies and the Persistence of Poverty," in Globalisation, Poverty and Conflict. Max Spoor ed. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 117-53.
  • Mkandawire, Thandika ed. 2004 Social Policy in a Development Context. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mkandawire, Thandika, 2007. "Targeting and Universalism in Poverty Reduction," in Policy Matters: Economic and Social Policies to sustain equitable development. Jose Antonio Ocampo, Jomo K. Sundaram and Sarbuland Khan eds. Hyderabad/London/Penang: Orient/Longmans/Zed Books/TWN.
  • Mkandawire, Thandika, 2010. "From maladjusted states to democratic developmental states in Africa," in.Constructing a democratic developmental state in South Africa: Potentials and Challenges. Omano Edigheji ed. Cape Town: HSRC Press, pp. 59 - 81.
  • Mkandawire, Thandika, 2010. "How the New Poverty Agenda Neglected Social and Employment Policies in Africa." Journal of Human Development and Capabilities: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal for People-Centered Development, 11:1, pp. 37 - 55.
  • Mkandawire, Thandika, forthcoming. "Institutional Monocropping and Monotasking in Africa," in Privatization: Successes and Failures. Akbar Noman and Joseph Stiglitz eds. London: Cambridge University Press.
  • Mkandawire, Thandika., forthcoming. "On Tax Efforts and Colonial Heritage in Africa." Journal of Development Studies, Forthcoming.
  • Mkandawire, Thandika, forthcoming. "Welfare Regimes And Economic Development: Bridging The Conceptual Gap," in Overcoming the Persistence of Poverty and Inequality. Valpy Fitzgerald, Judith Heyer and Rosemary Thorp eds. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

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