I completed my PhD at Edinburgh in 2018 entitled: 'Legitimation as practice: crafting space to govern in Tanzania', which won the school's Outstanding Thesis Award. I joined the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society 2018-2020 to look at public engagement in the NHS. Before academia, I worked for several INGOs in sub-Saharan Africa on education and health.
+:Theories of Legitimacy; Practice Theory; Bourdieu; Representation; Voluntarism; State-Society Relations; NGOs; Non-State Actors; Aid & Development; Political Ethnography; Tanzania; Kenya; China; Global Health; Anti-/De-/Postcolonial Thought; Health Activism; NHS
I am a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at CAS, looking at the recruitment practices of Community Health Volunteers in northern Kenya.
There are two strands to my work. The first is non-state actors, primarily NGOs and companies, and how such private entities create public authority to act. This was the basis of my doctoral research and my upcoming monograph with Cambridge University Press. I am interested in where state and non-state actors coproduce particular effects: what I term the non/state, whereby practices, practicalities and people overlap and are intertwined. My most recent work looks at the Chinese non/state in east Africa.
The second is the negotiation of the non/state in everyday life. In Tanzania, I interviewed NGO volunteers, effectively conscripted via the state to undertake unpaid community work. Recruitment is the basis of my Wellcome Trust grant: 'Recruited, Mobilized, Conscripted? Leveraging community health work, citizenship and public authority in northern Kenya'. The project will include a critical, decolonizing approach to volunteer recruitment / promotion by global health agencies as well as ethnographic fieldwork in Isiolo and Samburu to understand how voluntarism manifests today.
Dodworth, Kathy (2022): 'Legitimation as political practice: crafting everyday authority in Tanzania' Monograph. Cambridge University Press
Stewart, E. & Dodworth, K. (2021): 'The biggest charity you've never heard of: institutional logics of charity and state in Scotland's NHS', Journal of Social Policy
Stewart, E. & Dodworth, K. (In press): ‘NHS hospitals as cultural artefacts’ Cultural Histories of the NHS
Dodworth, K. & Stewart, E. (2020): ‘Legitimating complementary therapies in the NHS’ Health: online
Dodworth, Kathy (2019) 'Negotiating the public: voluntarism and its work in Tanzania' in African Affairs 118(470): 125-146
Dodworth, Kathy (2018) '"A real African woman!": Multipositionality and its effects in the field' in Ethnography 22(2): 164-183
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', 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
Nominated for EUSA teaching award 2015. Taught on:
- Africa in Contemporary World (pre-hons) 2017-18, Tutor
- Governance, Poverty, Development in Africa (PG) 2014-16, Tutor & Guest Lecturer
- 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 lecturer
- Interpreting development institutions (PG), Guest Lecturer