Pr. Tim Allen (LSE) is Professor in Development Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Research Director of the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP). He has carried out long-term field research in Sudan and Uganda, and has also researched in several other African countries, including Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana.
His publications include the best-selling textbook, Poverty and Development (Oxford University Press 2000), as well as books on ethnic conflict in Europe, media coverage of wars, links between culture and development issues, mass forced displacement, and global health issues. Recent articles include work on press censorship in war affected states, international criminal justice, the Lord’s Resistance Army, HIV/AIDS and other diseases in Africa.
In the last few years his research has focussed on two main themes, (1) justice and accountability in African war zones and (2) social aspects of Neglected Tropical Disease control. His latest books have been Trial Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Lord's Resistance Army (2006), Complex emergencies and Humanitarian Responses (2009), and The Lord’s Resistance Army: Myth and Reality (2010). He has also been publishing widely on health topics, and is currently preparing a book on the politics of mass drug administration for parasite control among impoverished populations (together with Melissa Parker).
In addition to academic work, he has worked as a consultant with numerous international organisations, including UNDP, UNICEF, UNRISD, MSF, LWF, Save the Children, World Vision and DFID. He is also a broadcaster and has presented or contributed to numerous radio and television programmes, mostly for the BBC.
Links to additional material
Will increased funding for neglected tropical diseases really make poverty history? Article by Pr. Tim Allen and Dr. Melissa Parker in The Lancet, Volume 379, Issue 9821, Pages 1097 - 1098, 24 March 2012.
Recently, Tim Allen gave a public lecture as part of the LSE's 'Burning Issues' interactive talks entitled “Parasites – Enemy of the Poor”.