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.
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
See Andrew's research profile
Brooks, A., 15 Oct 2019, 2nd ed. London, UK: Zed Books. 296 p. Research output: Book/Report - Book
Hakam, S. S. & Brooks, A. R., 18 Nov 2019, La fripe du Nord au Sud. Production globale, commerce transfrontalier et marchés informels de vÃªtements usages. Paris: Editions PETRA, p. 217-230 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Herrick, C. & Brooks, A., 29 Nov 2019, In : Transactions of the institute of british geographers. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12356
Brooks, A. R. & Francis, R. A., 27 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Davies, A. & Brooks, A., 30 Jul 2019, In : Social & Cultural Geography. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2019.1647347
Brooks, A. R. & Francis, R. A., 16 Apr 2019, In : Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848619843729
Serrano, A. & Brooks, A., 20 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Brooks, A. & Herrick, C., 24 Jan 2019, In : Progress in Development Studies. 19, 2, p. 97-111 15 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/1464993418822857
Herrick, C. & Brooks, A., 4 Jun 2018, In : Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12462
Lyn, S., Brooks, A. R., Edward, P., Potts, D. H. & Mpalive-Hangson, M., 1 Sep 2017, In : Journal of Southern African Studies. 43, 5, p. 853-861 Research output: Contribution to journal - Editorial. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/03057070.2017.1365478