Dr Graeme Young
- Research Associate - Development Studies (Urban Studies)
Graeme Young is a research associate at the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods at the University of Glasgow specializing in development theory and the political economy of development. He received his PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2018.
Graeme’s research focuses on the political economy of informal economic activity and explores how political processes, economic institutions, legal and regulatory systems, and urban development projects shape informality in cities in the Global South; how the urban poor experience and respond to state power as they engage in the informal economy; and what the relationship between the informal economy and the state reveals about state power and the political economy of development more generally. Building on his research into informality in Uganda and South Africa, his current book project examines the governance of informal economies as a global phenomenon that is central to understanding the state, the market, and the lives of the urban poor.
Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, Graeme served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, a Visiting Researcher at the University of Cape Town, and a Scholar in Residence at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law.
- Informal economic activity
- Political economy of development in the Global South
- Democratization and state power
- Urban governance and development
- Institutional economics
- Political, economic, and social rights
- Peacekeeping and peacebuilding
Graeme is interested in supervising research projects that examine the political economy of development, particularly those that explore the following themes:
- The role of political processes, institutions, and ideologies in development
- The origin, evolution, dynamics, and governance of informal economies
- How and why international actors intervene in conflict and post-conflict environments
Governance and Markets
Social and Public Policy 2A: Perspectives on Public Policy - Conflicting Ideas and Changing Agendas