Christopher Cramer

Christopher Cramer is Professor of the Political Economy of Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He has also taught in Cambridge, at the Universidade de Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, and in South Africa. His publications include Civil War is Not a Stupid Thing: Accounting for Violence in Developing Countries (London, Hurst, 2006), joint winner of the Edgar Graham prize in 2009; and the forthcoming Economic Development in Africa, written with three colleagues and to be published by Zed. His research interests include the political economy of violent conflict (and of war to peace transitions); commodity processing in low-income countries; and rural labour markets. Current research is underway, with colleagues, on fair trade and its employment implications. And he is working on turning a public lecture on economic explanations of terrorism (and their shortcomings) into an article and book. He was Chair of the Centre of African Studies (London) from 2005-09 and is on the International Advisory Group for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation 'Ibrahim Index of Governance in Africa'.