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Lecturer in Political Economy of Global Development, University of Leeds

Jörg Wiegratz is a lecturer in political economy of global development at the University of Leeds, School of Politics and International Studies, senior research associate, Department of Sociology, University of Johannesburg, and research associate at the Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, United States International University, Nairobi.He specialises in neoliberalism, fraud and anti-fraud measures, commercialisation, and economic pressure and related aspects of moral and political economy, in Uganda and Kenya. He worked in Uganda from 2004 to 2007, first for the UN Industrial Development Organization and then as researcher/consultant with funding from the government of Uganda (then Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Industry), European Union and German Agency for International Cooperation. He has been a resource person at Makerere University and a visiting scholar/research associate at the Economic Policy Research Centre, Kampala. Before joining the University of Leeds in 2012 he taught at the universities of Bath and Sheffield.

Jörg was briefings and debates editor of the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE), and deputy editor of (2018-2022). He has published monographs (Uganda’s Human Resource Challenge: Training, Business Culture and Economic Development; Neoliberal Moral Economy: Capitalism, Socio-Cultural Change and Fraud in Uganda), collections (Neoliberalism and the moral economy of fraud; Uganda: The dynamics of neoliberal transformation), journal articles (ROAPE, New Political Economy, Journal of Agrarian Change, Development and Change, Globalizations), and blog posts (Africa is a country/AIAC, Elephant,, Counterpunch, Truth out, Le Monde diplomatique, The Conversation, SPERI blog, Progress in Political Economy). He is the founder and editor of the blog series Capitalism in Africa, and Economic trickery, fraud and crime in Africa (both run on, and was contributing editor to a blog and video project (coordinated by Mathare Social Justice Centre) on ‘Capitalism in my city’ (run on AIAC). He is currently co-editor of a blog series on ‘Pressure in the city’ (developing His ongoing research explores commercialisation of football in Kenya and Uganda.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Political Economy of Global Development, University of Leeds


  • 2012 
    University of Sheffield, PhD