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Professor Tim Allen

Professor of Development Anthropologyallent2

Head of Department of International Development (ID)

Research Director of the Justice and Security Research Programme 

 

 

Biography

Professor Tim Allen has expertise in the fields of complex emergencies, ethnic conflict, forced migration, local conception of health and healing, East Africa (especially Sudan, Uganda and Kenya), development aid and agencies and ethics of aid.

Research interests and area of supervision

  1. Complex emergencies
  2. Neglected tropical diseases (especially Schistosomiasis and Lymphatic Filariasis)
  3. The International Criminal Court
  4. The Lord's Resistance Army
  5. Ethnic conflict
  6. Forced migration
  7. Local conceptions of health and healing
  8. East Africa (especially Sudan, Uganda and Kenya)
  9. Development aid and agencies, and ethics of aid
  10. Justice and security in fragile and conflict affected regions
  11. Role of the media in fragile and conflict affected regions
     

Selected recent publications

  • Tim Allen, 'Parasites: Enemy of the poor', Burning Issues Lecture 2012, LSE
  • Tim Allen & Laura Storm (2012): 'Quests for therapy in northern Uganda: healing at Laropi revisited', Journal of Eastern African Studies, 6:1, 22-46
  • Melissa Parker, Tim Allen, Georgina Pearson, Nichola Peach, Rachel Flynn & Nicholas Rees (2012): 'Border parasites: schistosomiasis control among Uganda's fisherfolk', Journal of Eastern African Studies, 6:1, 98-123
  • Mareike Schomerus, Tim Allen and Koen Vlassenroot, 'KONY 2012 and the Prospects for Change', Foreign Affairs, March 13, 2012
  • Tim Allen and Melissa Parker, 'Will increased funding for neglected tropical diseases really make poverty history?', The Lancet, Vol 379, March 24, 2012, 1097-1098
  • Tim Allen and Melissa Parker, 'Conflicts and Compromises? Experiences of doing Anthropology at the Interface of Public Policy, The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology, Published with the Association of Social Anthropology, 2012, 184-195
  • Melissa Parker and Tim Allen, 'Does mass drug administration for the integrated treatment of neglected tropical diseases really work? Assessing evidence for the control of schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths in Uganda, Health Policy and Systems, 2011, 9:3
  • Mareike Schomerus, Tim Allen and Koen Vlassenroot, 'Obama Takes on the LRA: Why Washington Sent Troops to Central Africa', Foreign Affairs, November 15, 2011
  • Tim Allen and Melissa Parker, 'The ‘Other Diseases’ of the Millennium Development Goals: rhetoric and reality of free drug distribution to cure the poor’s parasites', Third World Quarterly, Vol.32, No.1, 2011, pp 89-115
  • Tim Allen, 'Is “Genocide” Such a Good Idea?' British Journal of Sociology, March 2011
  • Mareike Schomerus and Tim Allen, Southern Sudan at Odds with Itself – dynamics of conflict and predicaments of peace, LSE/PACT, 2011.
  • Tim Allen and Koen Vlassenroot, ed. The Lord’s Resistance Army: Myth and Reality, Zed Books, 2010
  • Tim Allen, 'Blood with roots', TLS, 26 March 2010
  • Tim Allen, ‘Ouganda: la justice traditionnelle est-elle une alternative viable a la Cour penale internationale?’, Mouvements, mai/mars, 2008, pp 118-124
  • Tim Allen, 'The International Criminal Court and the Invention of Traditional Justice in Northern Uganda', Politique africaine, November 2008
  • Melissa Parker, Tim Allen and Julie Hastings, 'Resisting Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases: Dilemmas in the Mass Treatment of Schistosomiasis and Soil-transmitted Helminths in North-west Uganda', Journal of Biosocial Science, March 2008.
  • Tim Allen and Mareike Schomerus, Complex Emergencies and Humanitarian Responses, University of London, 2008
  • Tim Allen, Trial Justice: the International Criminal Court and the Lord’s Resistance Army, Zed/ Macmillan/IAI, 2006
  • Tim Allen, ‘Ouganda: la justice traditionnelle est-elle une alternative viable a la Cour penale internationale?’, Mouvements, mai/mars, 2008, pp 118-124
  • Tim Allen, 'The International Criminal Court and the Invention of Traditional Justice in Northern Uganda', Politique africaine, November 2008
  • Melissa Parker, Tim Allen and Julie Hastings, 'Resisting Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases: Dilemmas in the Mass Treatment of Schistosomiasis and Soil-transmitted Helminths in North-west Uganda', Journal of Biosocial Science, March 2008.
  • 'Witchcraft, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS among the Azande of Sudan', Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 1, No.3, 359-396, November 2007-09-28
  • 'Defending the ICC', Prospect, May 2007, 134
  • 'Aid and Development: Humanitarianism Assistance', Encyclopaedia of Africa, Yale, 2007
  • ‘Media Policy, Peace and State Reconstruction’, in Oscar Hemer and Thomas Tufte eds, Media and Glocal Change, Nordon/Clacso, 2005.pages 215-232, 2006
  • ‘HIV/AIDS (policy issues)’, ‘Red Cross and Red Crescent’, ‘UNICEF’, ‘UNHCR’, ‘UNDP’in Tim Forsyth ed. Encyclopaedia of International Development, Routledge, 2004, pages 316-319, 580-2, 712-13, 716-717, 718-19, 2006
  • ‘Understanding health: biomedicine and local knowledge in northern Uganda, in Ricca Edmondson and Cecily Kelleher eds. Health Promotion, Irish Academic Press, 2000, pages 149-175
  • 'The Lord’s resistance Army and the Inner Logic of Violence', Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, forthcoming
  • 'AIDS and Evidence: interrogating some Ugandan myths', Journal of Biosocial Science, 38, 7-28 (2006).
  • T. Allen and S.Heald, 'HIV/AIDS Policy in Africa: What has worked in Uganda and what has failed in Botswana?' Journal of International Development, 16, 1141-1154 (2004)
  • T.Allen, 'Introduction: Why Don’t HIV/AIDS Policies Work?' Journal of International Development, 16, 1123-1127 (2004)
  • T.Allen and Alan Thomas, ‘Reframing development for the 21st century’, Journal of International Development, 12, 769-772 (2000)
  • T.Allen and D.Styan, 'A Right to Interfere?: Bernard Kouchner and the new humanitarianism', Journal of International Development, 12, 825-842 (2000)
  • T.Allen and D.Weinhold, 'Dropping the debt for the new millennium: is it such a good idea?', Journal of International Development, 12, 857-875 (2000)
  • 'War, genocide and aid', Sociologus, Supplement 1, edited by Georg Elwert, Stephan Feuchtwang and Dieter Neubert, 1999, pages 177-202
  • Tim Allen and John Eade eds, Divided Europeans: Understanding Ethnicities in Conflict, Kluwer, 1999, 349 pages
  • Tim Allen and Jean Seaton eds, The Media of conflict: war reporting and representations of ethnic violence, Zed Press, 1999, 312 pages
    Tracy Skelton and Tim Allen eds, Culture and global change, Routledge, 1999, 322 pages
  • Tim Allen and Alan Thomas, eds/authors, Poverty and development into the 21st Century, Oxford University Press, 2000, 572 pages
  • T Allen and D Styan, The right to interfere?: Bernard Kouchner and the new humanitarianism, Journal of International Development, August 2000, pages 825-842.
  • T Allen and D Weinhold, Dropping the debt for the new millennium: is it such a good idea?, Journal of International Development, August 2000, pages 857-876.
  • UNDP, Development Effectiveness Report 2003: Partnerships for Results, UNDP, New York, November 2003 (93 pages) - (co-author and principal author of Chapter 5: Developed Countries: Policies and Practices for Development Effectiveness).
  • Various entries for the Enclopeadia of Development Studies, edited by Tim Forsyth (forthcoming), including an essay on HIV/Aids policy.
  • 'HIV/AIDS policies: why don't they work?' and edited collection forthcoming in the Journal of International Development.
  • 'Making a Difference', eight 15 minute radio programmes on development management for the BBC World Service, linked to a website with numerous essays on the topics covered (2003)

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