Andrew Brooks
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Research interests (short)

  • Critical Development Studies
  • Economic and Political Change in Southern Africa 
  • Changing Urban Environments
  • Relational Comparison
  • Postcolonial Geographies of Portugal and the UK

Research interests

Andrew’s research seeks to understand the uneven growth of the world economy and covers three interconnected themes:

Geographies of Consumption and Production 

On a theoretical level Andrew has been advancing an understanding of the connections between production and consumption in the global economy. 


Political and Economic Change in Africa 

The dynamics of capital accumulation and uneven development in Africa have led Andrew to cluster his research projects in Southern Africa and enabled him to develop a specialist regional knowledge. 


Global Clothing Trade 

Andrew’s work on the garment sector began with research in to labour relations in a clothing factory in Zambia. Following that his PhD research and linked publications mapped the global trade in second-hand clothing and in particular the social and economic impacts of used clothing imports to Mozambique. These and subsequent clothing projects were drawn together in Clothing Poverty

Biographical details

Dr Andrew Brooks joined the Department as a Lecturer in Development Geography in 2011. Andrew had been an undergraduate at King's and received a First Class BA degree as well as the Departmental Prize in Geography. He later worked for VSO for two years (2005-2006) as a social researcher in Papua New Guinea and on programme development in the UK. In 2007 he was awarded an ESRC 1+3  fully funded MSc and PhD studentship at the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Riches from Rags or Persistent Poverty? Inequality in the Transnational Second-hand Clothing Trade in Mozambique., Royal Holloway, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2012

Master of Science, Practiscing Sustainable Development, Royal Holloway, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

Bachelor of Arts, Development Geography, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006


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