Meagher, Kate

Dr Kate Meagher  


Position held

Associate Professor in Development Studies


Experience keywords:

Nigeria; Sub-Saharan Africa; West Africa; civil society; economic networks; enterprise clusters; informal economy; informal institutions; non-farm economy; non-state governance; rural development

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Kate Meagher has engaged in extensive empirical and theoretical research on the informal economy in rural and urban Africa, with a particular focus on Nigeria. Her current research interests include social networks and non-state governance in Africa, the politics of economic informality, enterprise clusters, vigilantism and organised crime, and new religious movements.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Policy and Regulatory Bodies

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Nigeria; Sub-Saharan Africa; West Africa


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:


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LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7849 4652



Meagher, Kate (2015) Leaving no-one behind?: informal economies, economic inclusion, and Islamic extremism in Nigeria Journal of International Development, 27 (6). 835-855. ISSN 0954-1748

Meagher, Kate (2015) The scramble for Africans: demography, globalisation and Africa’s informal labour markets The Journal of Development Studies. ISSN 0022-0388

Meagher, Kate (2014) Disempowerment from below: informal enterprise networks and the limits of political voice in Nigeria Oxford Development Studies, 42 (3). 419-438. ISSN 1360-0818


Meagher, Kate (2013) The jobs crisis behind Nigeria's unrest Current History, 112 (754). 169-174. ISSN 0011-3530

Meagher, Kate (2013) Informality, religious conflict, and governance in northern Nigeria: economic inclusion in divided societies African Studies Rreview, 56 (3). 209-234. ISSN 0002-0206


Meagher, Kate (2012) Weber meets Godzilla: social networks and the spirit of capitalism in East Asia and Africa Review of African Political Economy, 39 (132). 261-278. ISSN 0305-6244

Meagher, Kate (2012) The strength of weak states?: non-state security forces and hybrid governance in Africa Development and Change, 43 (5). 1073-1101. ISSN 0012-155X


Meagher, Kate (2011) Informal economies and urban governance in Nigeria: popular empowerment or political exclusion? African Studies Review, 54 (2). 47-72. ISSN 0002-0206

Meagher, Kate (2011) Disempowerment from below: informal enterprise and the limits of popular governance in Nigeria. In: 4th European Conference on African Studies, 15-18 June 2011, Uppsala, Sweden


Meagher, Kate (2010) Social capital or social exclusion: social networks and informal manufacturing in Nigeria In: Bryceson, D., (ed.) How Africa Works: Occupational Change, Identity and Morality. Practical Action. ISBN 9781853396915

Meagher, Kate (2010) Weber meets Godzilla: social networks and the spirit of capitalism. In: Celebrating Gavin Williams, 9-10 July 2010, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Meagher, Kate (2010) The empowerment trap: gender, poverty and the informal economy in sub-Saharan Africa In: Chant, Sylvia, (ed.) The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty: Concepts, Research, Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing, Gloucestershire, UK. ISBN 9781848443341

Meagher, Kate (2010) The politics of vulnerability: exit, voice and capture in three Nigerian informal manufacturing clusters In: Lindell, Ilda, (ed.) Africa’s Informal Workers: Collective Agency, Alliances and Transnational Organizing. Africa now. Zed Books, London, UK. ISBN 9781848134515

Meagher, Kate (2010) Networking for success: informal enterprise and popular associations in Nigeria In: Harriss-White, Barbara and Heyer, Judith, (eds.) The Comparative Political Economy of Development: Africa and South Asia. Routledge studies in development economics. Routledge, Oxford, UK, 158-178. ISBN 9780415552882

Meagher, Kate (2010) The tangled web of associational life: urban governance and the politics of popular livelihoods in Nigeria Urban Forum, 21 (3). 299-313. ISSN 1015-3802

Meagher, Kate (2010) Identity economics: social networks and the informal economy in Nigeria African issues. James Currey, Suffolk, UK. ISBN 9781847010162


Meagher, Kate (2009) Trading on faith: religious movements and informal economic governance in Nigeria Journal of Modern African Studies, 47 (3). 397-423. ISSN 1469-7777

Meagher, Kate (2009) The informalization of belonging: Igbo informal enterprise and national cohesion from below Africa Development, 34 (1). 31-46. ISSN 0850-3907

Okonta, Ike and Meagher, Kate (2009) Legacies of Biafra: violence, identity and citizenship in Nigeria - introduction Africa Development, 34 (1). 1-8. ISSN 0850-3907

Meagher, Kate (2009) Culture agency and power: theoretical reflections on informal economic networks and political process DIIS Working Papers, 2009:27. Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark. ISBN 9788776053550


Meagher, Kate (2008) Beyond the shadows: informal institutions and development in Africa - introduction Afrika Spectrum, 43 (1). ISSN 0002-0397


Meagher, Kate (2007) Hijacking civil society: the inside story of the Bakassi Boys vigilante group of south-eastern Nigeria Journal of Modern African Studies, 45 (1). 89-115. ISSN 1469-7777

Meagher, Kate (2007) Manufacturing disorder: liberalization, informal enterprise and economic ‘ungovernance’ in African small firm clusters Development and Change, 38 (3). 473-503. ISSN 0012-155X


Meagher, Kate (2006) Cultural primordialism and the post-structuralist imaginaire: plus ça change [review article] Africa: the Journal of the International African Institute, 76 (4). 590-597. ISSN 0001-9720

Meagher, Kate (2006) Social capital, social liabilities, and political capital: social networks and informal manufacturing in Nigeria African Affairs, 105 (421). 553-582. ISSN 0001-9909


Meagher, Kate (2005) Social capital or analytical liability?: social networks and African informal economies Global Networks, 5 (3). 217-238. ISSN 1470-2266


Meagher, Kate (2003) A back door to globalisation?: structural adjustment, globalisation & transborder trade in west Africa Review of African Political Economy, 30 (95). 57-75. ISSN 0305-6244


Meagher, Kate (2001) The invasion of the opportunity snatchers: the rural-urban interface in northern Nigeria Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 19 (1). 39-54. ISSN 1469-9397

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