- Kathy Dodworth
- Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK
- Research Interests
- Theories of Legitimacy, Social capital, Foucault, state-society relations, NGOs and Development, Non-state actors, Bourdieu, Ethnography, Tanzania, African studies
NGO legitimation as practice: crafting political space in Tanzania
I'm interested in how non-state actors construct their authority with which to exercise their own forms of governance. I spent 2012-3 conducting ethnographic research with NGOs in Tanzania, mapping informal, mainly discursive, legitimation practices. I am particularly interested in how NGOs interact with local government and other agencies. I draw from Bourdieu and Foucault in employing practice-focused enquiry. Before returning to academia, I worked for several INGOs in sub-Saharan Africa on education and health.
...just back from mat leave, home straight to submission end of 2017!
Publications and Conference Papers
- Dodworth, Kathy (forthcoming) 'Negotiating the public: voluntarism and its work in Tanzania' in African Affairs
- Dodworth, Kathy (2017) 'Fieldnote: Multipositionality in the "Field"' in Understanding Research in Global Development: Fieldwork Issues, Experiences and Reflections Sage Publications
- Dodworth, Kathy (2015) 'The politics of voluntarism in Tanzania', BISA, winner of inaugural BISA African Affairs postgraduate prize
- Dodworth, Kathy (2014) 'NGO legitimation as practice: Working state capital in Tanzania' Critical African Studies 6(1): 22-39
- Dodworth, Kathy (2015) 'We are 50% government!' Coproduction of the state in Tanzania' European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 6), Paris
- Dodworth, Kathy (2014) 'NGO legitimation as practice', biennial Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS) Summer School, Calgiari
- Dodworth, Kathy (2013) 'Interpreting the legitimacy of aid', 5th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 5), Lisbon
I bring considerable teaching/facilitation experience from my previous NGO life. Nominated for EUSA teaching award 2014-15. Taught on the following:
- Governance, Poverty, Development in Africa (PG) 2014-16, Lecture
- Africa in International Politics (PG) 2015, Guest Lecturer
- Africa in World Politics (Honours) 2015, Tutor & Guest Lecturer
- Approaches to Politics and IR (Honours) 2012-14, Tutor
- Research in Africa (PG) 2015, Guest presentation
- Interpreting development institutions (PG) 2015-8, Guest presentation
Semester 1: drop me a line to meet.