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Dr David Seddon

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Honorary Research Fellow

David Seddon studied at Cambridge (MA) and the LSE (PhD). In 1970, he joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at SOAS, where he taught African and Middle Eastern anthropology before moving in 1972 to Norwich to help establish a new School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He remained there until 2006, when he left his post as Professor of Politics and Sociology to take early retirement. He then set up his own international consultancy group, Critical Faculty, and became Principal of a private International College in London. From 2009 to 2012 he was attached as a senior research associate to the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.  In 2013, he was appointed as an honorary research fellow in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter, with a view to contributing to the work of the Institute in social, political and development studies, and collaborating in particular with colleagues in the European Centre for Palestine Studies (ECPS).
The fieldwork for his PhD in social anthropology was undertaken in Morocco, where he first learned Arabic. He subsequently extended his research interests and expertise to include the Maghreb, the countries of the Sahel and the Sahara, and the Middle East as a whole (including Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan).  He has undertaken research and/or consultancy in: Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Senegal, the DRC, the CAR and South Africa; in Algeria, Tunisia and Libya; in the West Bank and Gaza; and in Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. He has taught at universities in the UK (at Cambridge, SOAS, the LSE and UEA) and abroad (Cape Town and ‘Wits’ in South Africa, the Universite Mohamed V in Rabat, Morocco, Bir Zeit University in the West Bank, and the Middle East Technical University (METU/ODTU) and Boazici in Turkey. He is a former Council member of BRISMES and was (until end 2013) associate editor of the BJMES.