David and Elaine Potter Lecturer and Director, Centre of Governance and Human Rights
Sharath Srinivasan is the David and Elaine Potter Lecturer in Governance and Human Rights, inaugural Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CG+HR) in POLIS, and a Fellow of King’s College. Prior to academia, Sharath worked in the field of international aid in conflict settings. He has led programmes for a leading international relief agency in Sudan, and has advised a range of international organisations and government agencies on conflict prevention, peacebuilding and political development. Initially trained in law in Australia, where he majored in human rights and public international law at the University of New South Wales, he read for his MPhil and DPhil in Development Studies at Oxford University. At Oxford, he was a Chevening, Clarendon and ORISHA scholar and his research was supported by the Chr. Michelsen Institute (Norway).
Sharath teaches on African politics, specializing on Sudan, and aspects of international engagement in Africa, especially peacemaking, governance, human rights and humanitarian intervention.
Sharath’s recent research projects have concerned: peacemaking in Sudan; conflict and international intervention in Darfur; China-Africa relations; human development, social justice and political capability; civilian protection and state responsibility.
Sharath encourages postdoctoral student applications in core research areas of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, with particular interest in: Africa’s international relations; politics of international intervention (human rights, humanitarian, peace and security); political violence and armed conflict; the politics of the Horn and East Africa (especially Sudan); ideas and practice of democracy in the developing world; governance, new technologies and political activism
Selected Recent Publications
- ‘A marriage less convenient: China, Sudan and Darfur’ in K Ampiah and S Naidu eds, Africa and China: Engaging the World’s Next Superpower (University of KwaZulu Natal Press, 2008)
- ‘A “rising Great Power” embraces Africa: Nigeria-China relations’ chapter in A Adebajo & AR Mustapha eds, Gulliver’s Troubles: Nigeria’s Foreign Policy after the Cold War (University of KwaZulu Natal Press, 2008)
- ‘No Democracy without Justice: Political Freedom in Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach’ Journal of Human Development Vol. 8, no.3 (2007)