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Professor Jude Howell

howell-j-113x148Professor of International Development,

Department of International Development.




Professor Jude Howell was Director of the LSE Centre for Civil Society between 2003 and 2010, running a wide range of internationally focussed research projects and events on civil society. She is Director of the ESRC Research Programme on Non-Governmental Public Action and Series Editor of the Palgrave Press book series on Non-Governmental Public Action. Prior to working at the LSE, she was governance team leader at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Research Interests

  • Civil society;
  • security and aid;
  • civil society and development;
  • civil society and governance issues in China;
  • trade unionism and labour organising in China;
  • Chinese development model and aid;
  • Country research experience in China, India, Afghanistan, Kenya, Mozambique, Kyrgyzstan.

Recent publications


  • Global Matters for Non-Governmental Public Action (edited), (Palgrave Press, forthcoming 2012)
  • NGOs and Social Development. A Comparative Study (co-edited with Peng Xizhe and Wang Chuanlan), (Fudan University Press, forthcoming 2012)
  • Civil Society Under Strain post-9/11: Counter-terrorism policy, aid and civil society, edited by Jude Howell and Jeremy Lind (Kumarian Press, 2010)
  • Counter-terrorism, Aid and Civil Society: Before and After the War on Terror by Jude Howell and Jeremy Lind (October 2009, Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Gender and Civil Society edited by Jude Howell and Diane Mulligan, 2004 (paperback 2005)
  • Governance in China edited by Jude Howell, Rowman and Littlefield Inc. December 2003 (paperback 2004)
  • Civil Society and Development. A Critical Interrogation, Howell, J. and Pearce, J. Lynne Rienner Inc., Boulder, Colorado, March 2001 (paperback January 2002) pp. 266


  • `Crises, opportunities and the elephant in the room', 2011, Journal of Civil Society volume 7, number 3, pp. 265-271, September
  • `Challenges to civil society post-9/11: cluster introduction' (Jude Howell and Jeremy Lind), Development and Change, volume 41, issue number 2, March 2010, pp. 279-291
  • `Counter-terrorism, the politics of aid and civil society responses in Kenya', (Jeremy Lind and Jude Howell), Development and Change, volume 41, issue number 2, March 2010, pp. 335-353
  • `Manufacturing Civil Society and the Limits of Legitimacy: Aid, Security and Civil Society post-9/11 in Afghanistan' (with J. Lind) in European Journal of Development Research, 2009, Special DSA conference issue, volume 21, number 5, December, pp. 718-736
  • `Government-Organised Nongovernment Organisations\' 2009, in Pong, David et al (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Modern China, volume 2-14, Charles Scribner's Sons
  • (with J. Lind) `The global War on Terror regime and development policy and practice post-9/11, Third World Quarterly, volume 30, number 7, October 2009, pp. 1279-1296
  • `ACFTU: Beyond Reform? The Slow March Of Direct Elections\', The China Quarterly, December 2008, number 196, pp. 845-863
  • `The Backlash against Civil Society in the wake of the Long War on Terror', Development in Practice, volume 18, number 1, pp. 82-93, 2007
  • `Gender and civil society: time for cross-border dialogue', Journal of Social Politics, volume 14, number 4, winter 2007, pp. 1-22.

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