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Professor Tim Allen

Professor of Development Anthropology

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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 areas 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 and Kyla Reid (2015) Justice at the margins: witches, poisoners, and social accountability in Northern Uganda Medical Anthropology, 34 (2). 106-123.

Tim Allen and Anna Macdonald (2014) Post-conflict traditional justice In: Bruinsma, Gerben and Weisburd , David, (eds.) Encyclopedia of criminology and criminal justice. Springer reference. Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht, Netherlands , 3831-3843.

Tim Allen and Melissa Parker (2014) De-politicizing parasites: reflections on attempts to control the control of neglected tropical diseases Medical Anthropology, 33 (3). 223-239.

Tim Allen and Anna Macdonald (2013) Post-conflict traditional justice: a critical overview JSRP Paper 3. Justice and Security Research Programme, International Development Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Tim Allen and Melissa Parker (2013) Will mass drug administration eliminate lymphatic filariasis? Evidence from Northern Coastal Tanzania Journal of Biosocial Science, 45 (4). 517-545.

Tim Allen and Melissa Parker (2012) Will increased funding for neglected tropical diseases really make poverty history? Lancet, 379 (9821). 1097-1098.

Tim Allen and Melissa Parker (2012) Conflicts and compromises?: experiences of doing anthropology at the interface of public policy In: Fardon, Richard, (ed.) The Sage Handbook of Social Anthropology. SAGE Publications published with the Association of Social Anthropology, 184-195.

Tim Allen, 'The Burning Issue: 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.

Selected media

"I try to speak truth to power" Gearty Grillings - Tim Allen, March 2015

Gearty Grilling: Tim Allen on disruptive anthropology (2015)

'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)

Contact details

  • Email: t.allen@lse.ac.uk
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6844
  • Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 6430
  • Room: CON7.12, Connaught House
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