Professor Ray Bush
- Position: Professor of African Studies and Development Politics
- Areas of expertise: Political Economy; Africa and the Near East; Rural Development and Underdevelopment; Peasants and Farming; Economic Reform; Resistance and Radical Transformation
- Email: R.C.Bush@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 4392
- Location: 13.04 Social Sciences Building
- Website: Twitter | Researchgate
I work on the political economy of Africa and the Near East and have worked in and on more than 10 countries in the Global South.
I have had visiting research appointments at the Norwegian Nobel Institute, Oslo and the Social Science Research Centre, American University in Cairo.
I am on the advisory board of the Tunis based NGO Observatoire de la Souveraineté et de l'Environnement (OSAE) and I am a member of the Editorial Working Group of the Review of African Political Economy where I have worked for more than 35 years.
In 2017-2018, I am helping convene three meetings of academics and activists in Accra, Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg on Radical Transformation in Africa.
I am a jurist for the African Studies Association UK book prize 2018 and I am on the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Agrarian Change. I am also founding member of Thimar the Beirut based research collective on agriculture, environment and labour in the Arab world.
In 2013 I was one of five appointed by the UN's FAO to write a profile of family farming http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6537e.pdf marking the UN's year of family farming.
My research focuses on farmer and peasant responses to economic crisis. I have worked on this in relation to Artisanal Small Scale Mining in Ghana, and on the impact of war, occupation and dispossession on family farming inthe Middle East and Africa with focus on Egypt and Tunisia. I am currently finishing a joint book project with Habib Ayeb on the importance of family farming during theArab uprisings in 2010-2011.
My documentary film Fellahin on this topic was produced and directed jointly with Habib Ayeb is available at http://www.athimar.org/Article-57
My interview with Thimar on family farming in the near East is available at http://www.athimar.org/Article-114
My interview with Samir Amin is available at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056244.2014.992624?journalCode=crea20#abstract or http://www.athimar.org/Article-60
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- BA (Hons) Social Science, 1977, Kingston Polytechnic
- MA Political Sociology, 1978, Leeds University
- PhD 'The colonial factor and Social Transformation on the Gold Coast to 1930', Leeds University
I teach an undergraduate level three module on 'Land, Fuel and Agriculture' and graduate modules on 'Africa in the Contemporary World' and 'The Political Economy of Resources and Development'. I have successfully supervised 29 postgraduate research students on a wide range of themes in political economy and underdevelopment in the Global South.
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for African Studies
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