Uma Kothari is Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies and former Director of the Global Development Institute, at the University of Manchester, UK. She is also the founder and co-convenor of the Manchester Migration Lab and is currently Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
Her research interests include global development and humanitarianism and, migration, refugees and diasporas. Her research has involved a number of funded projects, most recently an Australian Research Council project on International Volunteering and Cosmopolitanism, a Norwegian Research Council project on Perceptions of Climate Change and Migration and an ESRC-DFID Development Frontiers project on Environmental Violence and Everyday Conflict.
She is currently researching Visual Solidarity and Everyday Humanitarianism and, Refugee Perceptions of Home and Welcome. She has published numerous articles and her books include Participation: the new tyranny?, Development Theory and Practice: critical perspectives, and A Radical History of Development Studies. She is an elected council member of the UK Development Studies Association and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
She is on the advisory board of In Place of War, a support system for community artistic, creative and cultural organisations in places of conflict, revolution and areas suffering the consequences of conflict. She is currently on the editorial board of Manchester University Press, Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, Third World Quarterly, Journal Fur Entwicklungspolitik (Austrian Journal of Development Research), Journal of International Development and co-editor of the Frontiers of Development book series published by Oxford University Press. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and was conferred the Royal Geographical Society’s Busk Medal for her contributions to research in support of global development.