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Dr Andrew Brooks joined the Department of Geography in 2011. His research examines connections between production, consumption and waste, as well as the geographies of development and social change in Africa.

He is Chair of the Postgraduate Board of Examinations Fieldwork, which has taken him across southern and west Africa, Portugal, Papua New Guinea, the United States and Hong Kong.

Andrew was an Editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies (2015-19). His first book Clothing Poverty: The Hidden World of Fast Fashion and Second-hand Clothes was published by Zed Books in 2015 and a second edition is coming in 2019. His second book, The End of Development: A Global History of Poverty and Prosperity was also with Zed Books in 2017.

His work on fashion and development has been widely publicised in international media including Al Jazeera, BBC News, CNN, The Economist, The Guardian, Le Monde, The New York Times and Newsweek.


  • Clothing, fashion and textile industries 
  • Economic and social change in Southern Africa 
  • Second-hand geographies
  • Geographies of consumption and production
  • Critical development studies
  • Synthetic products

Andrew’s research seeks to understand the uneven growth of the world economy. He is interested in how different patterns of consumption shape lives around the world and the environmental impacts of plant, animal and synthetic products. A focus of his research has been political and economic change in Africa.

His research in Africa has included extensive investigations of markets and politics in Malawi and Mozambique, Chinese investment in Zambia and Healthcare in Sierra Leone.



PhD supervision

Andrew is interested in supervising students working in the following areas:

  • The clothing and fashion sectors
  • The car industry and electric vehicles
  • Consumption and urban environments
  • Political and economic change in Southern Africa
  • Geographies of consumption and production, including natural, organic, artificial and synthetic products

Further details

See Andrew's research profile