Within critical development studies, her research interests include the international politics of aid, civil society, social movements and migrant workers within the historic and contemporary context of North-South relations. Her research interests have evolved in three main directions: the global political economy of civil society in African countries; the labour movement in Argentina; and trade union mobilization among low paid Latin American migrant workers in London.
In the broad areas of migration, social movements, civil society, NGOs, foreign aid, trade unions.
Specific areas might include:
Working conditions and/or trade union mobilization among low paid migrant workers in the UK
Social movements in Argentina/Latin America or migration to and from Argentina/Latin America
Foreign aid and civil society and/or NGOs in Kenya, Uganda or South Africa
Julie has supervised Michael Dzeamesi 'Chronic Refugee Crises and the Implications for Inter-state and International Relations: The Case of the Liberian Refugee Situation in Ghana' (2007).
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Julie Hearn joined the department in 2005, having taught previously at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London; the London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of Sussex. Within critical development studies, her research interests include the international politics of aid, civil society, social movements and migrant workers within the historic and contemporary context of North-South relations. Her research interests have evolved in three main directions: the global political economy of civil society in African countries; the labour movement in Argentina; and trade union mobilization among low paid Latin American migrant workers in London.
Aid, Civil Society and the Global Political Economy of Africa
Julie has been studying Northern aid policy towards African civil societies, within the broader context of the region's global political economy, for the past fifteen years. This has included ESRC-funded doctoral research in Kenya, a collaborative research project between the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex and research institutes in Ghana, Uganda and South Africa as well as a number of consultancies for the Department for International Development (DfID) in Uganda and the UK. Her research has been published in academic and non-academic fora. The most recent draws on the concept of the comprador, developed in earlier theories of imperialism, to examine the extent to which African NGOs have become key intermediaries for Northern development policy. She has participated in the editorial working group of the Review of African Political Economy.
The Labour Movement in Argentina
Having been a member of the Argentina Solidarity Campaign in London, initiated in response to the economic crisis, she spent ten months in Buenos Aires in 2002-2003 undertaking participant observation in the piqueteros and fabricas ocupadas - unemployed workers and occupied factories - movements. She has presented her findings, placed within the historical context of Argentina's labour movement, at a number of international conferences. In 2007 she taught at a postgraduate summer-school at the University of Buenos Aires, organized by the Euro-Latin American university network, REDESFRO.
Low Paid Latin American Migrant Workers in London
Julie's current research, undertaken with Monica Bergos and funded by a 2008 British Academy Small Grant, explores trade union mobilization among Latin American cleaners in London. A brief article, 'Pregnant and Deported: Universities and the UK Immigration Regime' was published by the University and College Union in November 2009. The full research is available in 'Learning from the Cleaners? Trade Union Activism among Low Paid Latin American Migrant Workers at the University of London', Working Paper No. 7, Identity, Citizenship and Migration Centre, University of Nottingham (2010) and as a journal article in Race and Class (2011). She is also investigating other forms of civic engagement amongst Latin Americans living in London, for example, the Casa Ecuatoriana Londres.
This research interest is reflected in her membership of two groups that cut across a number of departments and disciplines at Lancaster Univeristy, the Migrancy Research Group and the Latin American Research Cluster.
'Latin American Cleaners Fight for Survival at the University of London: Lessons for Migrant Trade Union Activism' Race and Class 53(1) (2011) with Monica Bergos.
'African NGOs: The New Compradors?' Development and Change 38(6): 1095-1110 (2007).
'The "Invisible NGO": US Evangelical Missions in Kenya', Journal of Religion in Africa 32(1): 32-60 (2002).
'The "Uses and Abuses" of Civil Society in Africa', Review of African Political Economy (28)87: 43-53 (2001).
'Aiding Democracy? Donors and Civil Society in South Africa', Third World Quarterly 21(5): 815-30 (2000). Republished in Moseley, W. (ed) Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial African Issues, McGraw Hill (3rd edn 2009).
'The "NGO-isation" of Kenyan Society: USAID and the Restructuring of Health Care', Review of African Political Economy (25)75: 89-100 (1998).
'The US Democratic Experiment in Ghana' in Zack-Williams, T., Frost, D., Thomson, A. (eds.) Africa in Crisis: New Challenges and Possibilities, London: Pluto Press, pp. 97-108, (2002).
'Civil Society and Democracy Assistance in Africa' (with Mark Robinson) in Burnell, P. (ed.) Democracy Assistance, London: Frank Cass, pp. 241-62, (2000).
Articles and Published Papers
'Learning from the Cleaners? Trade Union Activism among Low Paid Latin American Migrant Workers at the University of London', Identity, Citizenship and Migration Centre, University of Nottingham, Working Paper 7, 2010.
'Pregnant and Deported: Universities and the UK Immigration Regime', UCU Magazine, the University and College Union, November 2009.
'Kenya and the Myth of 'African barbarism', Spiked, 10 January 2008.
'Aiding Civil Society? Some Critical Questions', Africa World Review, February - July: 7-11 2000.
'Foreign Political Aid, Democratisation and Civil Society in Uganda in the 1990s', Centre for Basic Research Working Paper 53, August 1999.
'Foreign Political Aid, Democratisation, and Civil Society in Africa: A Study of South Africa, Ghana and Uganda', IDS Discussion Paper 368, March 1999.
Igoe, J. & Kelsall, T. (eds) (2005) 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place: African NGOs, Donors and the State', Journal of Modern African Studies 44(4) (2006).
I am a member of the local Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) executive and I have a six year old son.
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Research output: Working paper
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