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Dr Angela Crack

  • Qualifications: BSc Politics and International Relations (Hons) (First Class), MSc International Relations (Research) (Distinction), PhD International Relations, PGCert. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Distinction)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2220
  • Email: angela.crack@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Angela's research interests include NGO accountability, NGO self-regulation, NGO-donor relations, global civil society and transnational advocacy networks. Angela is currently engaged in a major AHRC-funded project with the University of Reading and the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC). The project, titled The Listening Zones of NGOs: languages and cultural knowledge in development programmes, explores the role that languages and cultural knowledge play in the policies and practices of development NGOs.

Angela is the co-founder/coordinator of the British International Studies Working Group on NGOs. She has published in various academic journals on the theory and practice of NGO accountability. Her most recent article investigates the efficacy of NGO peer regulation initiatives through interviews with senior staff from several leading humanitarian and development NGOs. She has also produced policy papers with EADI and INTRAC on cross-regional threats to civil society space. Her monograph investigated the emergence of a transnational public sphere through the use of new media technologies by cross-border social movements (2008 Palgrave Macmillan, Chinese language version published 2015 by ZheJiang University Press). 

Angela is part of the Global Advisory Board for Transparency International's ECHO-funded research project, CREATE (Collective Resolution to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies). She has been on the Expert Advisory Group on accountability for World Vision. In addition, she has also served for several years as a Trustee of Amnesty International UK, and as a member of the International Issues Sub-Committee to the Board.

She welcomes proposals from PhD candidates on civil society topics, particularly regarding NGO accountability, NGO self-regulation, and the relationships that NGOs have with their partners and beneficiary communities.

Current PhD supervisions include:

  • Babatunde Olawoore, ‘The Influence of the Rights-Based Approach on the Decision-Making of Civil Society Organisations in the Delivery of Development Aid’ (first supervisor)
  • Amandine Hostein, ‘The Role of the Internet in Enabling the Emergence of NGOs as Public Spheres’ (first supervisor)
  • Devran Gülel, ‘Transformation/de-Europeanisation of the Turkish State in terms of Gender Equality and its Impact on the Women’s Movement and NGOs’ (second supervisor)
  • Alexander Hasenstab, ‘The Role of Pre-Deployment Security Training for Field Workers in the Aid Industry’ (second supervisor)
  • Roberta Discetti, ‘Fair Trade Public Policy and Trade Justice Campaigns: An investigation into the role of civil society advocacy as a driver of political and regulatory change in the UK and EU’ (third supervisor)
  • Marije van den Broek, ‘Sustainable Rural Water Management: A Case Study in Uganda’ (third supervisor)
  • Alexandra Uibariu, ‘The Loop of Mutual Distrust and Apathy: Corrupt Politicians, Deterred Citizens, and “State Crimes Against Democracy”’ (third supervisor)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Protest, Dissent and Solidarity Beyond Borders
  • Global Governance
  • Perspectives on World Politics
  • International Politics​
  • Conflict and Disaster
  • Global Issues
  • Current Political Issues

Angela is the Departmental Research Degrees Coordinator for SSHLS.


Research Clusters

  • Co-Leader of Transnational Europe (with Prof. W. Kaiser)

Discipline Areas

  • International Relations
  • International Development

Current Research Projects

Angela is currently engaged in a three year major AHRC-funded project (2015-18) with the University of Reading and INTRAC, titled The Listening Zones of NGOs. It aims to raise the profile and importance of foreign languages and cultural knowledge in development and to produce practical outputs which are of use to the NGO sector, language practitioners, and academics in International Relations, Development Studies, and languages and translation research.​

She has recently concluded a research project on the impact of the INGO Accountability Charter, (recently renamed Accountable Now), which proclaims to be 'the only global, fully comprehensive and cross-sectoral accountability framework for NGOs driven by NGOs.' The findings are informed by interviews from key informants and document analysis (published in Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations).

Angela also leads a Faculty-funded Research Project: 'Transnational Civil Society'. This new project seeks to understand the formation of transnational networks, their interaction with governments and international organisations, the effect of their activities on their organisational structure and working practices, and their impact on regional and global politics.


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