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Dr Ben Garner

  • Qualifications: BSocSc Sociology with First Class Honours (University of Manchester), MSc Sociological Research with Distinction (University of Manchester), PhD Sociology/International Studies with no corrections (University of Manchester)
  • Role Title: Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in International Development Studies
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6212
  • Email: ben.garner@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I lead and teach on the BA programme in International Development Studies here at Portsmouth.  Prior to arriving in Portsmouth in 2012, I taught courses on development studies, international political economy, colonial history and sociology at the University of Manchester, University of Leeds and Liverpool Hope University.


I am a development studies specialist with a background in sociology and social & cultural theory.  I have regional interests in Latin America & the Caribbean; the European Union, and China.

My main area of research in recent years has been in exploring the relationship between culture & development in policy & practice.  This is reflected in my book The Politics of Cultural Development: Trade, Cultural Policy and the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity (Routledge, 2016)

I have further interests in the study of globalisation and neoliberal governmentality, and in theories and histories of imperialism.

Research Clusters

  • International Development Studies
  • Francophone Studies

Discipline Areas

  • International Development Studies
  • International and Area Studies (Latin America & Caribbean)
  • Sociology


I am available for consultancy in the following areas:

  • Cultural diversity, culture & development, trade & culture
  • Indigenous rights
  • Latin America & Caribbean

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