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Adam Novak

Honorary Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Adam Novák is an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Politics, History and International Relations at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He has worked for more than 20 years in international development cooperation. Dr. Novák regularly advises the European Commission on support to civil society and good governance programmes. His other recent clients include UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR Canadian International Development Agency and the Austrian Development Agency. He has also been active in a range of civil society initiatives, including the establishment of the EU Coalition on Corporate Justice, and the first World Social Forum. Novák has worked extensively in Africa, South-East Asia, the Pacific and Eastern Europe. He has been a visiting lecturer at Université de Québec à Montréal (UQaM) and Victoria University of Wellington. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Nottingham, a Masters in International Development from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Charity Management and Administration from London South Bank University.

Teaching Summary

Dr. Novák teaches a postgraduate module on Civil Society and Global Development. He also contributes to several PHIR and Geography modules related to international development and environmental… read more

Research Summary

My main research interests are the international development cooperation system and the role of civil society in efforts to promote national development, social justice and good governance.

I am particularly interested in the European Commission as a donor, and specifically in its efforts to promote a favourable legislative and regulatory environment for civil society engagement on development and governance issues. I am currently examining the Commission's global anti-discrimination programmes (gender equality, child rights, religious minorities and secularism, LGBTI, and indigenous peoples).

I am also interested more generally in the role of civil society in political struggles, particularly in attempts by extra-parliamentary or 'anti-system' movements to build alliances in civil society. I am currently involved in a global study of the relations between Chinese foreign investors, governments of developing countries and civil society organisations.

Finally, I have a long-standing interest in the Cold War in the Third World, and particularly in the involvement of Soviet bloc actors in political struggles in Africa, Asia and the Middle East during and after decolonisation. I am also interested in the continued resonance of anti-capitalist political thought in social movements in these countries.

Dr. Novák teaches a postgraduate module on Civil Society and Global Development. He also contributes to several PHIR and Geography modules related to international development and environmental management. In the past he has also contributed to teaching on regional integration in South East Asia.

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