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Andrew Bowman

Andrew Bowman
Dr Andrew Bowman
Lecturer in African Development
2.01 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 651 1617
Research Interests
Energy & Infrastructure, privatisation, industrial policy, Financialization, Science and technology for development, agricultural development, accounting, Mining and the extractive industries

My research currently focuses on the evolution of platinum mining in South Africa during the post-apartheid period, and its significance for the changing political economy of development in South Africa. I have additional research interests in public infrastructure and utilities, industrial policy, and the history of science, technology and expertise in international development.

Prior to coming to Edinburgh, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Society, Work and Development Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, and at the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester.

I did my PhD at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, investigating the history of development policy in Zambia, with a focus on the use of science and technology in state efforts to improve agricultural productivity.


In the 2016/17 academic year I will be teaching the postgraduate courses Politics and Theories of International Development, and Governing Mineral Extraction, and part of the undergraduate course International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism.

Topics interested in supervising

I am interested in supervising students on issues relating to the political economy of development (particularly relating to mining, infrastructure and industrial policy), science and technology in development, and the history of development policy, with a particular interest in all of these issues in relation to southern Africa.

If you are interested in being supervised by Andrew Bowman, please see the links below for more information:

PhD In African Studies; PhD in International Development; MSc (R) African Studies