Professor Sarah Bracking graduated from York University in the UK (BA Hons Politics), then Leeds University (MA, International Resources and Development; PhD on Structural Adjustment, Business and the State in Zimbabwe 1992-7). She worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Democratization Studies at Leeds University, principally on the International-IDEA State of Democracy Project.
She then moved to the University of Manchester in 2001 as a Lecturer in Politics and Development, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and Professor of International Development in 2012 in the School of Environment, Education and Development.
Sarah then held a Tier 1 South African Research Chair (SARCHi) in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment from 2013-2017, funded by the South African National Research Foundation through the Department of Science and Technology and held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa.
At UKZN she managed three research clusters on climate change and poverty reduction; poverty reduction and wealth accountability; and the developmental value of infrastructure projects and public service delivery.
In 2012, Sarah was awarded one of two Leverhulme Trust major grant awards (for that year) to research Human, non-human and environmental value systems: an impossible frontier? (Grant No. RP2012-V-041 at www.thestudyofvalue.org). From 2012 to 2017, she was Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Study of Value, University of Manchester.
She is editor of 'Corruption and Development' (Palgrave, 2007) and author of 'Money and Power (Pluto, 2009) and The Financialisation of Power' (Routledge, 2016).
Sarah's current work has, since 2011, involved a strong focus on the financialisation of power and global public policy in the environmental domain. Work planned for 2018-2020 will develop this into a major study of insurance-based securitisation of climate risk and damage.
Sarah would be pleased to consider supervising PhD students in the areas of development finance, climate finance, financialisation and political corruption.
See Sarah's research profile
Bracking, S. L., Okem, A. E., Zondo, M. D. & Ntombela, S., 2020, The Political Economy of Government Subsidised Housing in South Africa. Myeni, S. L. & Okem, A. E. (eds.). London: Routlege, p. 173-188 15 p. (Routledge Studies on the Political Economy of Africa). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Bracking, S., 1 Jun 2019, In : Antipode: a radical journal of geography. 51, 3, p. 709-729 21 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12510
Bracking, S. L., 2019, In : Review of African Political Economy. 46, 161, p. 415-441 27 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2019.1644997
Bracking, S. L., 2019, The Routledge International Handbook of Financialization. Mader, P., Mertens, D. & van der Zwan, N. (eds.). London: Routlege, p. 213-223 11 p. (Routledge International Handbooks). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Okem, A. E. & Bracking, S. L., 2019, The Geography of Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Africa. Cobbinah, P. B. & Addaney, M. (eds.). Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 275-304 29 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Bracking, S. L. (ed.), Fredriksen, A. (ed.), Sullivan, S. (ed.) & Woodhouse, P. (ed.), 7 Nov 2018, Abingdon: Routlege. 240 p. (Routledge Explorations in Development Studies; vol. 1) Research output: Book/Report - Book. DOIs: https://doi.org/https://www.routledge.com/Valuing-Development-Environment-and-Conservation-Creating-Values-that/Bracking-Fredriksen-Sullivan-Woodhouse/p/book/9781138080515
Bracking, S. L., 10 Aug 2018, The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Callan, H. (ed.). Routlege, https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea2141 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Bracking, S., Jul 2018, In : Daedalus. 147, 3, p. 169-183 15 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1162/DAED_a_00509
Bracking, S., 28 Feb 2018, New South African Review 6: The Crisis of Inequality. Khadiagala, G. M., Mosoetsa, S., Pillay, D. & Southall, R. (eds.). Johannesburg: WITS University Press Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Bracking, S. L., Diga, K., Ngcoya, M., Lombo, M. & Ntombela, S., 11 Oct 2017, In : Journal of Social Sciences. 46, 2, p. 87-97 10 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article