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Rift Valley Institute

Making local knowledge work

Mark Duffield is Professor of Development Politics at the University of Bristol. Trained in both anthropology and political economy, his field experience includes four years as Oxfam’s Country Representative in the Sudan during the latter half of the 1980s. His recent work has largely involved war-related emergencies and social reconstruction issues – in which field he has carried out many research and consultancy exercises for UN agencies, donor governments and non-governmental organisations. He is the author of War and Hunger: Rethinking International Responses to Complex Emergencies (1994) and Without Troops and Tanks: Humanitarian Intervention in Eritrea and Ethiopia (1995).