Global Change and Social Transformations Group

This network group is based around inter-related themes on global and social transformations, focussing particularly on the socio-cultural, economic and gender dimensions in a comparative and international framework.

The theme of global and international research includes a critical mass of staff across Manchester Met, consolidating a cross-disciplinary network with subject and academic expertise in a range of international contexts. The regions/countries covered include Africa (particularly, eastern and southern Africa), China, India, Latin America (Chile, Mexico and Argentina) and Europe (including Eastern Europe). Most importantly, the network will advance research expertise on some of the critical dilemmas, discourses and processes of global studies frameworks in relation to global development, neo-liberalism, feminist discourses, ethnic and racial inequalities, migration and global flows.

Members of staff are based in wide range of discipline such as  sociology, linguistics, human geography, development economics, interdisciplinary studies, law and business studies. This helps to carry out international and comparative research on the needs and opportunities for social transformation in specific locations experiencing challenges of social change, globalisation, economic crises, inequalities and lack of sustainability. It engages societal stakeholders in the co-design of research and the co-production of knowledge, and will build capacity for international research collaboration across a set of countries in different global regions through collaboration in bids, publications and staff mobility. For example, Bullo’s and Paucar-Caceres’ participation in the Eurinko project will lead to other research activities and projects including within different regions. Cheng’s work in China. The network also forms part of the large ‘PLACE’ network, an inter-disciplinary research network based in Manchester Met.


The network focuses on the following research themes:

Dr Shoba Arun

Dr Shoba Arun completed her PhD from the University of Manchester, and has many years of experience in teaching in sociology and international development.  Her research goals are to better understand processes of global social change, as these processes are expressed in particular social and spatial contexts and differently, among diverse social constituencies. Foremost, her research publications and expertise concern gender matters in the global society and the knowledge economy. This includes research in the areas of neo-liberal policies and impact on digital technologies, and its impact on gender and the labour market. In doing so, she has an international standing in this field of gender research in a sociological analysis of development informatics. In addition her research focussing on how societal contexts respond to policies, and identify constraints in development pathways through the intersecting axis of social divisions of gender, ethnicity and class, illustrate the scope and meaning of development in a globalising world and can be seen in her work on assets, social networks among diverse households in India. Her  research into global mobilities among skilled migrants also exposes gendered and racialised processes of global change.

Research Publications (Selected)

  • Arun, S (2016) On Feminist/Gender Approaches in an Intersecting World. In Avari, B and Joseph, G (eds.)The Interwoven World: ideas and encounters in history”. Common Ground Publishing LLC, University of Illinois, USA. 
  • Arun, S (2016) On Feminist/Gender Approaches in an Intersecting World. In Avari, B and Joseph, G (eds.)The Interwoven World: ideas and encounters in history”. IB Tauris
  • Heeks, R and Arun , S (2016 b) Socially Responsible Outsourcing: Global Sourcing with Social Impact in R. Babin, M. Lacity, B. Nicholson (eds.) Assessing the Development Impact of Social Outsourcing of IT Services. Palgrave Macmillan
  • Arun, S , Annim, S and Arun, T(2015). Do all networks really work? Social Networks and Household Consumption. Sociology. 0038038515583638
  • Arun, S, Annim, S and Arun, T (2013) Overcoming Household Shocks: Do Asset-Accumulation Strategies Matter.Review of Social Economy.  DOI:10.1080/00346764.2012.761754.
  • Arun, T, Borooah, V.K and Arun, S  (2013) Earnings Inequality in Sri Lanka, The Journal of Developing Areas, 47(1), pp. 355-71, Spring
  • Bending, M. Arun, T and Arun, S  (2012) Bequest Motives and Determinants of Micro Life Insurance in Sri Lanka. World Development 40(8), p 1700-1711.
  • Arun, S (2012) We are farmers too. Gendered Households in Kerala, India. Journal of Gender Studies. 21 (3), pp. 271-284. DOI:
  • Arun, S. Ushadevi, B and Arun, T  (2011) Transforming Livelihoods and assets Through Participatory Institutions. Kudumbashree in Kerala, India. International Journal of Public Administration. 34(3), 171-79.
  • Arun, S and Heeks, R (2010a) Social outsourcing as a development tool: The impact of outsourcing IT services to women's social enterprises in Kerala. Journal of International Development. March DOI 10.1002/jid.1580.
  • Arun, S (2010b) Caring’ cosmopolitans and global migration: plus ça change? Chapter in RaviRaman, R (ed.) Development, Democracy and the State: A Critique of the Kerala Model. Routledge.
  • Arun, S. (2009) Caring’ Professionals: Global Migration and Gendered Cultural Economy in Howcroft, D and Richardson, H (eds). Gender and Work in the Global Cultural Economy. Palgrave, Macmillan.

Conference Presentations

  • Arun et al. (2016) Even After Access. Gender and Financial Services in Ghana and South Africa. Allied Social Sciences Association Annual Conference. San Francisco. 2015
  • Shahzadi, Smithson and Arun, (2016) The Same but Different: Compatibility of British and Islamic Values Amongst Young Muslims ," . Third ISA Forum of Sociology (July 10-14, 2016). Vienna, Austria. 
  • Women on the Move. Is Gender? Seminar Presented to the Centre for Development Studies. Thiruvanthapuram, India . December 2013.

Funded Research Projects

  • Global Girls and Embodiment. Research Funding, Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, RKE Fellowship, 2016-17. Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Skilled Migration and Cosmopolis in Manchester. DevoManc Projects. 2016-17 Humanities in Public (HIP). Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Future RKE Leader Programme, Manchester Metropolitan University. 2015-2018.
  • Network Leader, Global Transformations and Place. MMU Research Network (2016-17)
  • Being Woman and Tribal? Multiple Exclusions among Tribal women in India’ Project Funding awarded under the Social Sciences grants scheme to Nuffield Foundation, (September 2003-May 2005).
  • Co-Participant, ‘Developing ICT based enterprises for Poor Women’ funded by the Department for International Development, UK along with Prof. Richard Heeks, the University of Manchester. This project was based on the experience of ‘Kudumbashree, a State Poverty Eradication Scheme in Kerala, India that helps poor women set up ICT based enterprises, thus illustrating initiatives to overcome the gender digital divide in the Information Society, thus drawing experiences for other ICT projects in Africa and the LAC (2004-2007, £220,000).
  • Co-applicant, Transnational Mobilities and Work: Research Project, with Dr Paul Kennedy, Dr Robert Grimm, funded by the Manchester Institute for Spatial and Social Transformation, Manchester Metropolitan University (2008-2009)
  • Co-Applicant (with Dr Liz Marr) Diversity and Segregation in Higher Education, Learning and Teaching Fund, Manchester Metropolitan University (2005-7)

Doctoral Supervision

I am interested in the supervision of  doctoral research in the areas of gender and development, particularly in relation to work and the labour market, migration, asset-building and human development.  I am able to provide regional expertise in these areas within South Asia, as well as examining experiences of minority ethnic women  in the UK.


  • (2013): Changing Gender Relations in Small Businesses: Experiences of Women of Pakistani Origin in Greater Manchester (Director of Studies)
  • (2015): `Attitudes to Domestic Violence among an Arab Migrant Community’.
  • (2015):  ‘Fatherhood and Masculinity in the Red River Delta, Viet Nam’
  • (2015) Lived Experiences of Young Muslims in Leicester' (MPhil)


  • Girls' education in Pakistan (2012-2017)

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Dr Stella Bullo

Dr Bullo holds a PhD in Linguistics (2012) from Lancaster University, and is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University where she is course leader for the MA in Applied Linguistics. She also teaches Critical Discourse Analysis and Intercultural Communication, and Discourse, Semantics and Language and Media at undergraduate level. She supervises PhD students who work with critical discourse analysis studying the relationship between power, ideology and language.

Her research interests are in the area of discourse analysis, looking at the relationship between language, power and society. She is also interested in Semiotics and the meaning of visual texts in the construction of narratives.

Her previous research has been in the field of discourse and advertising with a particular focus on the reception process looking at how people position themselves attitudinally in relation to adverts. Currently, she is looking at the use of clichés in everyday organisational language use to examine how speakers use clichés to adopt stances, to construct textual personas and to manage interpersonal positioning by relying on their socially shared cognitive structure.

She is also interested in intercultural communication, a module she teaches in the MA Applied Linguistics and International Relations and Global Communications at MMU. In particular, she is interested in the ways in which culture shapes global discourses and how those global discourses, in turn, affect and change cultural patterns of communication. A current project in this field looks at the ways in which higher education internationalisation, as a global discourse, is interpreted in institutions in the UK and in South America, with a focus on private universities in Argentina.

She is also interested in the notion of ‘Othering’ in intercultural relations which led me to pursue my current project linking it to discourse analysis where she looks at Othering in the context health communication and reproductive conditions. In particular, she is interested in how discourses of reproductive conditions are communication and talked about and how sufferers experience the condition in the light of these discourses and hence construct their identities as ‘the other’.

Research Publications

  • Bullo, S. (2014). Evaluation in Advertising Reception A Socio-Cognitive and Linguistic Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bullo, S. (submitted). Investigating intertextuality and interdiscursivity in evaluation: The case of conceptual blending. Language and Cognition.
  • Bullo, S. (in preparation). Clichés as socio-cognitive representations in institutional discourse.

Invited papers

  • 2015: Lancaster University, Language in Power Research group. Presentation topic:
  • 2014: Evaluation in Advertising Reception, Palgrave.
Facultad de Letras de la Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). Presentation topic of Metaphor in Discourse.

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Dr Jianquan Cheng

Jianquan Cheng is a Senior Lecturer in GIS.  He gained his D. Phil. In Human Geography from the Faculty of Geographical Science at Utrecht University and also holds MSc qualification in GIS for Urban Applications from International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) (now University of Twente, The Netherlands).  His research in general concerns environmental and social impacts of rapid urbanisation in developing country particularly China and urban policy analysis. The social impacts include urban residential segregation, spatial inequity, social exclusion, migration and urban sustainability. Dr. Cheng has conducted an EU-funded project on internal migration and integration between the EU and China. His recently awarded grant investigates inequities in the perceived environmental health risks and interventions in Chinese cities. Dr. Cheng is a member of ESRC peer Review College, a visiting professor of two Chinese universities.


Journal articles and chapters since 2013:

  • Jin, L. Cheng, J. Lu, Y. Huang, Z. (2015) Spatial inequity of healthcare service at county level in China, a case study of Deqing in Zhejiang province, International Journal for Equity in Health, 14(67) (DOI 10.1186/s12939-015-0195-6). (Open access journal).
  • Chen, H., Wu, Q., Cheng, J., Ma, Z., and Song, W. (2015) Scaling-up strategy as appropriate approach for local new town development: lessons from Wujin, Changzhou, China? Sustainability, 7(5): 5682-5704 (Open access journal).
  • Cheng J. and Zhou, J. (2014). Urban growth in a rapidly urbanized mega city -Wuhan, P.R.China. in: R.B. Singh Eds., Urban Development Challenges, Risks and Resilience in Asian Mega Cities (ISBN 978-4-431-55042-6), Springer, pp.301-322.
  • Wu, Q., Cheng, J, Guo, C., Hammel, D.J. (2014) Socio-spatial differentiation and residential segregation in the Chinese city based on the 2000 community-level census data: a case study of inner city of Nanjing, Cities: International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, 39:109-119.
  • Cheng, J., C. Young, X. Zhang and K. Owusu (2014). Comparing inter-migration within the European Union and China: an initial exploration, Migration Study, 2(3): 340-368.
  • Cheng, J. and Forthringham, S. (2013). Multi-scale issues in cross-border comparative analysis, Geoforum, 46: 138-148

Research Projects: 

  • Inequities in the Perceived Environmental Health Risks and Interventions in a Fast Developing Country, British Academy/Leverhulme - Small Research Grant (PI), 2016.
  • Internal Mobility and Integration in China and the European Union,  the  ERA-NET  CO-REACH  Social  Sciences  Programme  (Co-Investigator and team leader), 2009 .

Main conference papers, talks since 2012

  • Cheng, J., Young, C. and Zhou, J. (2014) Urban demographic change and its challenges for local urban planning: Wuhan City, 8th Annual International Association for China Planning Conference, South China University of Technology (SCUT), Guangzhou, China, June 21st to 22nd, 2014. (presented by Jianquan Cheng)
  • Cheng, J., Zhou, J., Wu, Q. and Young, C. (2013)  Exploring the dynamics of inter-provincial mobility in China: evidence from panel data. The Second International Workshop on Regional, Urban and Spatial Economics in China, Beijing, June 2013. (presented by Jianquan Cheng)

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Dr Susie Jacobs

Susie Jacobs is a Reader in Comparative Sociology.  She gained her D. Phil. from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex and as well as a MSc(Econ)  Sociology and Postgrad. Dip. Social Anthropology from the LSE.  Her D.Phil, on gender relations and land resettlement in Zimbabwe, was an early and influential study. She has written widely on gender and land rights and in other fields. Her research aims in general concern gendered and racialised processes within wider political economy in the context of globalisation and neoliberal policy.  Other topics researched include gender and armed conflicts – in which field Dr. Jacobs also made an early, influential intervention;  gender, women’s movements and globalisation and forms of racialisation, ethnicity and racism(s).  She has conducted several projects on ‘race’ and ethnicity in higher education; on gender and land in South Africa and Viet Nam. Recently, she has collaborated with the NGO Women Working Worldwide  in work on gender and labour organisation, and also on sexual harassment on horticulture farms in east Africa.  Susie has taught very widely in sociology and development studies, including on globalisation; ‘race’, ethnicity, migration and racism; gender and women’s studies; sociological theory; and comparative and historical sociology.

Publications since 2008


Research Projects since 2005

  • Women, land and livelihoods in a context of social change: the Red River Delta, Viet Nam (RI funding,with C-SAGA, HaNoi) 2012
  • Organising women workers in the agribusiness informal sector (with Women Working Worldwide)
  • Principal Researcher, Ethnicity and Gender in Degree Attainment: Extensive Survey, (2007) (Grant holder) (see reference below)
  • Widening Participation (MMU): with Dr. Maureen Dawson:  Student Views on Diversity across Two Faculties 2006-2008 (Grant holder)
  • Forms of racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the UK and Europe.
  • Susie Jacobs contributed to the case study research carried out by the Equality Challenge Unit (grant holder) 

PhD Students since 2012

PhD Completions:

As Director of Studies:

  • Dr. Suaad El-Abani:  2015: `Attitudes to Domestic Violence among an Arab Migrant Community’ March, 2015.
  • Dr. Ngo Ngan Ha:  September, 2015:  ‘Fatherhood and Masculinity in the Red River Delta, Viet Nam’
  • Dr. John David Jordan:  January, 2016:  ‘The Work Programme: Making Welfare Work’?
  • Dr. Lisa Thorley: Univ of Bradford: ‘Holding on: Land Access and Food Security among the Achoi, Northern Uganda’:  August, 2015

As co-supervisor:

  • Dr. Asma Mirza “Pakistani-origin women’s micro-enterprises in Greater Manchester”, 2014
  • Dr. Gabriela Monserrat Echegoyen-Nava: “ Mi corazoncito se quiere quedar – Transnational Families and Mexican-US migration” 2012.


As Director of Studies:

  • Olutoyin Akinsete: `Women’s attitudes to HIV Prevention Policies: Ermelo town, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa’

As 2nd supervisor:

  • Loreen Chirwira:  Zimbabwean women in Britain:  Identity and Belonging
  • Fareeha Tajammal: Girls’ Education and Gender Responsive budgeting in Pakistan 

Main conference papers, talks since 2012

  • Jacobs, Susie and Bénédicte Brahic with Marta Medusa Olaiya (2016) “Sexual harassment in an east African value chain” to Working Towards…. Ending Violence against Women conference:  BSA Working Group for International Women’s Day, 8th March, University of Chester. (presented by Susie Jacobs)
  • Jacobs, Susie (2015) `Women, land claims and violence: what are the connections?’ to European International Studies Association and Univ. of Catania: 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations:  ‘Worlds of Violence’ Giardini Naxos, Sicily, September.
  • Jacobs, Susie (2015) “Gender, land claims and  dilemmas of land titling”  to European Society for Rural Sociology, XXVI Congress:Aberdeen August.
  • Jacobs, Susie and Bénédicte Brahic (2014) “Sexual harassment on east African farms: feminist labour responses!   to Gender, Work and Organization, 8th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference Keele University, June. 
  • Jacobs, Susie (2014) “Redistributive agrarian reforms and gender relations:  a critical perspective” to Agrarian Studies seminar, SOAS, February.
  • Jacobs, Suise  Participation in Food Sovereignty symposium, Institute of Social Studies at the Hague, the Netherlands, 25th January 2014
  • Jacobs, Susie (2013) “Gender, Food Sovereignty and land Reforms: a Critique” to Food Sovereignty panel of European Society for Rural Sociology XXV Congress: Rural resilience and vulnerability:  the Rural as a Locus of Solidarity and Conflict in a Time of Crisis, Florence, Italy, July.    
  • Jacobs, Susie and Bénédicte Brahic (2013) “Gendered Labour Organisation in east African agribusiness: class, gender and precarious work in the cut-flower industry” European Society for Rural Sociology XXV Congress, labour organisation panel: Rural resilience and vulnerability:  the Rural as a Locus of Solidarity and Conflict in a Time of Crisis, Florence, Italy, July.
  • Jacobs, Susie (2013) “Gendered labour and agrarian reforms: an historical overview” Global History of Agrarian Labor Regimes, 1750-2000, conference Weatherhead Institute for international Affairs, Harvard University, April.
  • Jacobs, Susie (2013) `Gender, Land and Violent Conflicts`’ keynote to Department of Peace Studies Gender Symposium, University of Bradford 10th April
  • Jacobs, Susie and Bénédicte Brahic (2012) “Class, Gender and Strategies of Resistance: the Struggle for Decent Work in African agribusiness” to How Class Works conference, State University of New York, Stony Brook, June.

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Dr Tidings P. Ndhlovu

Dr. Tidings P. Ndhlovu obtained his Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia, U.K., and is a Senior Lecturer in Economics in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics at the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; having previously taught at the University of Manchester, UMIST (now part of the University of Manchester), University of East Anglia and the University of Essex. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow, Graduate School of Business Leadership (GSBL), University of South Africa (Unisa), Visiting Scholar at Nanjing University, China, and University of Caen, France. In addition, Dr. Ndhlovu is external examiner (postgraduate programmes) at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, while also supervising M.Sc and PhD candidates at the Uganda Management Institute, Durban University of Technology (dut) and GSBL in South Africa.

Dr. Ndhlovu was involved in the founding of International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD) 17 years ago, including the organisation’s journal, The Journal of African Business. He has been the Executive Secretary of IAABD for the last 3 years, and was re-elected for another term of 3 years (2016-2019). He has also been associate editor of the Journal of Green Economy and Development (JGED) since its inception in 2014 and the chair of the annual JGED Conferences.

Dr. Ndhlovu’s research focuses on commodity agreements, such as the EU/ACP Sugar Protocol, the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and ̔subsidiarity̓ questions; the impact of EU aid programmes on developing countries; and theoretical Marxian and Keynesian/neo-Ricardian issues. He is also concerned with issues of development, including globalisation; global (financial) crises; food ‘crises’ and food security; decent work and livelihoods strategies; sustainable development; the green economy and service delivery; stabilisation and structural adjustment policies; foreign direct investment (FDIs); and development of crafts for exports, particularly with reference to the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Other areas in which he researches are questions of entrepreneurship, in particular (women’s) economic empowerment and the role of ethnicity in business in developed and developing countries; inequality and poverty; Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Social Investment (CSI) in developing countries and emerging economies; and Intensive Alternatives to Custody (U.K.). Current research interests are as follows: agricultural Global Value Chains (GVCs), with particular reference to Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; family planning programmes in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; factors influencing consumption, energy and environmental behaviour in South Africa, India, Tanzania and the UK; Devolution in Greater Manchester, UK; migration trends and behaviours in South Africa, the UK and other countries; the role of China in Africa, particularly South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Angola; xenophobic violence in South Africa; and land reform and human settlements in South Africa. Dr. Ndhlovu have visited South Africa numerous times during the 2005-2015 period to conduct interviews and initiate joint investigations and/or collaboration with colleagues and institutions in South Africa.


Journal articles since 2008: 

  • Ndinda, C. and Ndhlovu, T. P. "Attitudes towards foreigners among informal settlement dwellers in South Africa: Lessons for policy and practice”, Submitted to Agenda: Xenophobia Issue.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2015). "Reflecting on Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century: Inequality, Sustainable Development and Power Relations”, The Journal of Green Economy & Development, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2015, 13-24 (Keynote Address to The Journal of Green Economy & Development Conference – “Towards Greening the Economy: Lessons Learnt and a Way Forward”, Durban, South Africa, 17-19 December 2014).
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. and Cameron, J. (2013). "Economics and ‘excess’: Implications for understanding and combating climate change", International Journal of Sustainable Economy, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2013, 15-35.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2012). "Globalisation: A theoretical reflection”, World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management & Sustainable Development (WJEMSD), Vol. 8, No. 2/3, pp. 95-112.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2011). "Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Social Investment: The South African Case”, Journal of African Business, Vol. 12, No. 1, 72-92.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. and Lessassy, L. (2011). "Prospects of African ethnic products in the EU”, Asia Pacific Journal of Business and Management, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2011, 51-64.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. and Hinson, R.E. (2011). "Conceptualising Corporate Social Responsibility: South African Context” (with R. E.), Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2011, 332-346.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. and Spring, A (2009). "South African Women in Business and Management: Transformation in Progress” (with A. Spring), in A. and L. Kinunda-Rutashobya (eds.), Gender and Entrepreneurship in Africa, Journal of African Business (Special Issue), Vol. 10, No. 1, 31-49.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2008). “Barriers are falling”, Financial Mail, Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 December.

Book chapters since 2008:

  • Ndhlovu, T. P. and Ndinda, C. (forthcoming, 2016). “Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa: A Critical Analysis of Diaspora Social Investments”, in S. Ojo (ed.), Diaspora and Transnational Entrepreneurship in Global Contexts, IGI Global.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (forthcoming, 2016). "Elusive Solutions to Poverty and Inequality: From “Trickle Down” to “Solidarity Economy”, in B. Mpofu and S. J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni (eds.), Making Sense of Development, Inequality and Poverty in Sub Saharan Africa after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, AMRI Book Series, South Africa.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2016). "Colonialism and the Economics of Unequal Exchange”, in B. Avari and G. Joseph (eds.), The Interwoven World: ideas and encounters in history, Common Ground Publishing LLC, University of Illinois, USA, 188-205.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2015). "Southern Africa” (with N. E. Khalema), in V. Barnett (ed.), The Routledge Handbook to the History of Global Economic Thought, Routledge: London, 257-268.
  • Cleeve, E. and Ndhlovu, T. P. (2015). "Ethnicity and Performance of Entrepreneurs in African Business” (with E. Cleeve), in S. Nwankwo and K. Ibeh (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Business in Africa, Routledge: London, 160-174.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2011). "Globalisation or restructuring and reproduction of capital?” in S. Nwankwo and A. Ahmad (eds.), African Entrepreneurship in Global Contexts: Enterprise Solutions to Sustainable DevelopmentVol. 2, World Association for Sustainable Development (WADS), 175-183. 

Monographs, Conference and Discussion Papers since 2008:

  • Ndhlovu, T. P., Agupusi, P. and Ndinda, C. (forthcoming, 2016). "China-Africa socio-economic relations at crossroads?”, in A. Spring and P. D. Rwelamila (eds.), Proceedings 2016: Good Governance and Business Policies Towards Sustainable African Business and Development, Vol. XVII, International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD), Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania, May 11 – 14 [to be submitted to Thunderbird International Business Review].
  • Ndinda, C. Ndhlovu, T. P. and Khalema, N. E. (2016). “Conceptions of Family Planning in Rural KwaZulu-Natal: Lessons for Programming” (submitted to Studies in Family Planning).
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2015). "Elusive Solutions to Poverty and Inequality: From “Trickle Down” to “Solidarity Economy”, Paper Presented at the Human Sciences Research Council (hsrc) Seminar Series, Pretoria, South Africa (HSRC Video Conference to Durban and Cape Town venues), 29 September; and at the College of Graduate Studies, Archie Mafeje Research Institute (AMRI), University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, 4 September.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P., Muchara, B. and Mbatha, C. N. (2015). “Agricultural value chains and the green economy: Lessons from Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal smallholder farmers in South Africa”, Paper presented at the Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa, 28 September, 2015.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. and Ntuli, N. (2015). “South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP): a case of localizing renewable energy industries”, Paper Presented at the Human Sciences Research Council (hsrc) Seminar Series, Pretoria, South Africa (HSRC Video Conference to Durban and Cape Town venues), 8 September.
    • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2015). “Food Crisis: A Critique of the Washington Consensus”, Paper presented at the Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa, 11 August, 2015 [to be submitted to Journal of Development Studies].
    • Msweli, P., Ndhlovu, T. P. and Rwelamila, P.D.M. (2015). "Green Consumption and Well-being: Perspectives from Affluent and Less Affluent Communities in Durban”, Paper presented the 2nd International Conference of at The Journal of Green Economy & Development Conference – “Greening developing economies in the wake of falling oil prices, Makaranga Lodge, Kloof, Durban, South Africa, 8-10 July, 2015.
  • Sheombar, A., Urquhart, C., Ndhlovu, T. P. and Ravesteijn, P. (2015). “Social Media in the Context of Development: A Case Study of Dutch NGOs”, Paper presented at the 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015, Munster, Germany, 26-29 May.
    • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2015). "Elusive Solutions to Poverty and Inequality: From “Trickle Down” to “Solidarity Economy”, in P. D. Rwelamila (ed.), Proceedings 2015: Towards Sustainable African Business Development: Integrating Formal and Informal Business, Vol. XVI, International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD), Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya, May 13 – 16.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2014). "Reflecting on Thomas Piketty’ Capital in the Twenty-First Century: Inequality, Sustainable Development and Power Relations”, Keynote address to The Journal of Green Economy & Development Conference – “Towards Greening the Economy: Lessons Learnt and a Way Forward”, Durban, South Africa, 17-19 December 2014.
  • Kalaitzi, A. S., Cleeve, E. and Ndhlovu, T. P. (2014). “The Export-led Growth Hypothesis in the UAE (1975-2012)” (with A.S. and E.), Paper presented at the 2014 Global Development Finance ConferenceMeasuring and Optimising Financial Systems in Emerging Markets, Crown Plaza Hotel, Dubai, 2-3 September [revised paper under preparation for submission to Small Business Journal].
  • Wynne, S., Rowe, A. and Ndhlovu, T. P. (2014).  “Reconstructing Institutional logics for Executive Pay” (with S. and A.), Paper presented at the British Academy of Management BAM2014 Conference, Belfast Waterfront, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 9-11 September [revised paper under preparation for submission to a journal].
    • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2013). "Economic empowerment of women in South Africa”,  Proceedings: Transformation, Development & Growth in Developing Countries for the 21st Century, International Conference on Development Finance & Economic Transformation, Faculty of Management & Law, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa, October 27 – 29.
    • Cleeve, E. and Ndhlovu, T. P. (2013). "Ethnicity and Performance of Entrepreneurs in African Business” (with E.), in E.Obuah (ed.), Proceedings 2013: Integrating African Markets and Economies in a Changing Global Political Economy: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities, Vol. XIV, International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra, Ghana, May 14 – 18.
    • Ndhlovu, T. P. and Shangase, P. (2012). “Civil Society Organisations and Sustainable Development: Some Lessons from Rural South Africa” (with P.), Paper presented to the Symposium of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, Investing in Thought Leadership for Africa’s Renewal, University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria, South Africa, 14 – 15 June.
    • Ndhlovu, T. P. and Spring, A. (2012). "‘The hopeful continent’: Economic development and the rise of Sub-Saharan Africa’s performance”, in E.Obuah (ed.), Proceedings 2012: African Business and Development in a Changing Global Political Economy: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities, Vol. XIII, International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD), El Jadida Polydisciplinary University, El Jadida, Morocco, May 15 – 19.
    • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2011). "Is the glass ceiling cracking? Women and economic empowerment in South Africa”, in E.Obuah (ed.), Proceedings 2011: African Business and Sustainable Development: Challenges in the Era of Globalization Vol. XII, International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD), Athabasca University, Edmonton, Canada, May 17 – 20, 2011 (abridged version presented at Evening Public Lecture Series, Organised by Collaborative Partnerships: Multicultural Studies, Lecture Theatre E221, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 15 December, 2010).
    • Ndhlovu, T. P. and Cameron, J.(2010)."Economics and ‘excess’: Implications for understanding and combating climate change", Paper presented to the 2010 Global Finance Conference, Spier Estate, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa, 24 – 26 November.
    • Ndhlovu, T. P. and Cameron, J. (2010). "Does Economics need institutions?  A case study of sugar as a ‘resource curse’ commodity", Paper presented to the Leadership and Management Studies in Sub-Saharan Africa 2010 (LMSSSA2010) Conference, The Breakwater Lodge, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 22 – 24 November.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2010).  “Food production in a sustainable way? Paradox of hunger in the midst of plenty”, in E.Obuah (ed.), Proceedings 2010: Moving Africa toward Sustainable Growth and Technological Development Vol. XI, International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD), University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, May 18 – 22.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2009).  “Conceptualising Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Social Investment: The South African      Context”, in S. Sigue (ed.), Proceedings 2009: Repositioning African Business and Development for the 21stCentury Vol. X, International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD), Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda, May 19 – 23.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2008).  “Perspectives on Entrepreneurship: The case of South Africa”, Paper presented to the 2nd International City  Break Conference on Business and Economic Research, Athens, Greece, 17 – 20 October.
  • Ndhlovu, T. P. (2008).  “Prospects for African Ethnic Products in the European Union”, Paper presented to the Leadership and Management Studies in Sub-Saharan Africa 2008 (LMSSSA2008) Conference, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana, 7 – 9 July [abridged version in S. Sigue (ed.), Proceedings 2008: Global and Local Dynamics in African Business and Development Vol. IX, International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD), The University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A., May 20 – 24, 2008].

Research Projects since 2008:

  • Ndhlovu, T. P., Muchara, B. and Mbatha, C. N. (2015-2016). “Agricultural value chains and the green economy: Lessons from Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal smallholder farmers in South Africa”, funded by the Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa.
  • Fox, C., Albertson, K. and Ndhlovu, T. P. (2009-2010). “Intensive Alternatives to Custody (IAC): project commissioned by The Department of Justice and The Home Office”.

Doctoral Supervision

  • Completed supervision of over 21 MA (by Research) dissertations, 3 M.Phils and over 8 PhDs.

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Professor Alberto Paucar-Caceres

Professor Alberto Paucar-Caceres is an experienced lecturer at doctoral, masters and undergraduate level, Alberto joined MMU from Liverpool Polytechnic in 1990. As Professor of Management Systems, his work has been published in a number of international journals including the Journal of Operational Research, OMEGA (International Journal of Management Science), Systems Research and Behavioural Research and Systemic Practice and Action Research. Alberto also served as Editor and Associate Editor for Systems Research and Behavioural Research. Before coming to England, Alberto earned a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Engineering and worked in the commercial industry as a Methods Analyst for the Peruvian Air Force and then as a Senior Operational Research Analyst for Petroperu - the Peruvian state oil enterprise. Following which he took an MBA at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Mexico, an MA at Lancaster University, an MPhil at Warwick University and a PhD at MMU. In December 2011, Alberto received the MMU loyalty award for 20 years service.

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