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Dr Stefan Andreasson

Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics
(PhD Arizona State, MA Louisiana State, BA Alabama at Birmingham)

Pathway Convenor, BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)

Contact Details

Room 026.02.002
tel: +44 028 9097 3051

QUB Research Portal (Pure)
Publications & CV website

Teaching Areas

I currently convene two undergraduate modules: Africa in the Global Political Economy and American Politics. I also contribute generally to the Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) degree programme. At MA level I contribute primarily to International Political Economy.

Research Interests

I work in the areas of comparative politics and international relations with a specific focus on the international political economy of (southern) Africa. I am particularly interested in how these fields fo study provide insights into political transitions, development, and the evolving nature of the postcolonial world. 

My research has increasingly become focussed on Africa's changing role in the global economy, in particular on Africa's energy (oil and gas) markets in the context of the competition between US and UK companies and those of the emerging powers. Another area of interest relates to comparative and theoretical aspects of Anglo-American conservatism and its applicability to the study of postcolonial politics.

My research at Queen’s has been funded by the ESRC World Economy and Finance Research Programme, the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation. Publications indicative of my key research interested have appeared in journals such as Political Studies, Political Geography, Business & Society, Third World Quarterly, Democratization, The Extractive Industries and Society and Journal of Contemporary African Studies. I am the author of Africa’s Development Impasse: Rethinking the Political Economy of Transformation (Zed Books) and am currently writing a book entitled Conservatism and Postcolonial Politics (under contract with Routledge).

Current research projects:

- various projects relating to the political economy of energy, with a specific focus on sub-Saharan Africa;
- a monograph on conservatism and postcolonial politics.

Research Supervision

I am happy to supervise research students in areas related to my research interests outlined above, as well as postcolonial politics and the political economy of energy, resources and development more generally.

Current and recently completed PhD supervision projects include, among others:

- inclusive governance in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation; 
- philantrophic and private donors on Irish foreign aid;
- South African and Indian participation in the G20;
- The WTO and politics of economic liberalization in the UAE.


  • 'Varieties of Resource Nationalism in Sub-Saharan Africa's Energy and Minerals Markets', The Extractive Industries and Society Vol. 2, No. 2 (2015), pp. 310-319.
  • (with Sören Scholvin and Ana Alves) 'Das Wettrennen um die Energieressourcen in Subsahara-Afrika', GIGA Focus Afrika, Vol. 1 (2015), pp. 1-8.
  • 'American and British Strategies In the Competition for Energy Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa', in S. Scholvin (ed.), A New Scramble for Africa: The Rush for Energy Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015).
  • 'La reserva de África', Vanguardia Dossier, Barcelona, No. 53 (2014), pp. 68-72.
  • 'Conservatism', pp. 47-70, in V. Geoghegan and R. Wilford (eds.), Political Ideologies: An Introduction, 4th ed. (London: Routledge, 2014). 
  • 'Elusive Agency: Africa's Persistently Peripheral Role in International Relations', pp. 143-157 in W. Brown and S. Harman (eds.), African Agency in International Politics (London: Routledge, 2013).
  • 'On the nature of Anglophone conservatism and its applicability to the analysis of postcolonial politics', pp. 89-113, in D. Özsel (ed.), Reflections on Conservatism (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011).
  • 'Understanding corporate governance reform in South Africa: Anglo-American divergence, the King Reports and hybridization', Business & Society Vol. 50, No. 4 (2011), pp. 647-673. [published online 18 February 2009 via SAGE OnlineFirst]
  • 'Africa’s prospects and South Africa's leadership potential in the emerging markets century', Third World Quarterly Vol. 32, No. 6 (2011), pp. 1165-1181.
  • Confronting the Settler Legacy: Indigenisation and Transformation in South Africa and Zimbabwe', Political Geography Vol. 29, No. 8 (2010), pp. 424-433.
  • 'Can the "developmental state" save southern Africa?', Global Dialogue: An International Affairs Review Vol.12, No.1 (2007), pp. 6-10.
  • ‘The Resilience of Comprador Capitalism: “New” Economic Groups in Southern Africa’, pp. 274-296 in A. E. Fernández Jilberto and B. Hogenboom (eds.), Big Business and Economic Development: Conglomerates and Economic Groups in Developing Countries and Transition Economies Under Globalisation (London: Routledge, 2007).
  • 'The ANC and its critics: "predatory liberalism", black economic empowerment and intra-alliance tensions in post-apartheid South Africa', Democratization, Vol. 13., No. 2 (April 2006), pp. 303-322.
  • 'Stand and deliver: private property and the politics of global dispossession', Political Studies Vol.54, No.1 (2006), pp. 3-22.
  • 'Accumulation and growth to what end? Reassessing the modern faith in progress in the "age of development"', Capitalism Nature Socialism Vol.16, No.4 (2005), pp. 57-76.
  • 'Orientalism and African development studies: the "reductive repetition" motif in theories of African underdevelopment', Third World Quarterly Vol.26, No.6 (2005), pp. 971-986.
  • 'Economic Reforms and "Virtual Democracy" in South Africa and Zimbabwe: The Incompatibility of Liberalisation, Inclusion and Development', Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 21, No. 3 (2003), pp. 383-406.
  • 'Divergent Paths of Development: The Modern World-System and Democratization in South Africa and Zambia', Journal of World-Systems Research, Vol. 7, No. 2 (2001), pp. 175-223.