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Trevor Parfitt

Professor of International Development, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Trevor Parfitt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Nottingham University, Malaysia. He has also been a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of International and Strategic Studies at the University of Malaya as well as a Reader in International Development at University of East London and Associate Professor at The American University in Cairo. His research interests are in the broad field of International Political Economy and he has been published in journals such as Third World Quarterly, Political Studies and The Journal of International Development, as well as publishing three monographs.

Teaching Summary

Trevor Parfitt coordinates the MSc in International Development Management and teaches two of the core courses on that programme, these being Introduction to International Development and Field… read more

Research Summary

Dr Parfitt has been involved in research in European Union relations with developing countries, aid effectiveness, African national debt problems and issues pertaining to global liberalisation. He… read more

Recent Publications

  • TREVOR PARFITT, 2012. Development ethics: means of the means? Review of African Political Economy. 39(134), 672-681
  • TREVOR PARFITT and JAY WYSOCKI, 2011. The Meaning of Work in Neo-Liberal Globalisation and the Asian Exception? Third World Quarterly. 33(1),
  • TREVOR PARFITT, 2011. Post-Development and its Discontents Journal of Critical Realism. 10(4),
  • TREVOR PARFITT, 2010. Towards a Post-Structuralist Development Ethics? Alterity or the Same? Third World Quarterly. 31(5),

Trevor Parfitt coordinates the MSc in International Development Management and teaches two of the core courses on that programme, these being Introduction to International Development and Field Technologies. He also teaches Food, Hunger and Development as well as contributing to Various International Relations courses.

Current Research

Dr Parfitt has been involved in research in European Union relations with developing countries, aid effectiveness, African national debt problems and issues pertaining to global liberalisation. He has also researched field development methodology inclusive of participatory techniques of development and various approaches to project design. More recently he has been involved in research into development theory, examining the bases for a poststructuralist development ethics and examining the relevance of such concepts as hylomorphism, biopolitics and eschatology for development analysis.

Future Research

He is currently developing various projects including a monograph (with Meera Tiwari and Susannah Pickering-Saqqa) on the skills entailed in operating as a development practitioner and a paper examining the implication of violence in development.

  • TREVOR PARFITT, 2012. Development ethics: means of the means? Review of African Political Economy. 39(134), 672-681
  • TREVOR PARFITT and JAY WYSOCKI, 2011. The Meaning of Work in Neo-Liberal Globalisation and the Asian Exception? Third World Quarterly. 33(1),
  • TREVOR PARFITT, 2011. Post-Development and its Discontents Journal of Critical Realism. 10(4),
  • TREVOR PARFITT, 2010. Towards a Post-Structuralist Development Ethics? Alterity or the Same? Third World Quarterly. 31(5),
  • TREVOR PARFITT, 2009. Are the Third World Poor Homines Sacri? Biopolitics and Development Alternatives: Global, Local, Political. 34(1),
  • TREVOR PARFITT, 2009. Countdown to Ecstasy: Development as Eschatology Third World Quarterly. 30(4),
  • ANIL HIRA and TREVOR PARFITT, 2004. Development Projects for a New Millenium Praeger.
  • TREVOR PARFITT, 2002. The End of Development? Postmodernity and Post-Development Pluto Press.

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