Author: Benjamin Selwyn

Benjamin Selwyn is Professor of International Relations and International Development, University of Sussex, UK. He is author of The Struggle for Development, and forthcoming Green Food, Green Planet.

  • Food Inequality, Covid-19 and the Community Restaurant

    Far from the COVID-19 pandemic bringing us together, it has revealed and exacerbated existing and brutal social inequalities. The UK’s food system was intensely unequal before COVID-19, but the crisis has exacerbated these underlying trends. Looking at the UK’s socio-economic inequalities through the prism of its food – the way it is produced, marketed, prepared … Keep reading »

  • The Two Souls of Veganism

    Veganuary 2020 in the UK is set to be the biggest ever. Last year over 250,000 people pledged to go vegan in January; this year the numbers are greater still. In the backdrop, more than 800,000 people gave up eating animal products in the UK last year, and ever greater numbers of the population – … Keep reading »

  • Globalization’s Corroding Edifice

    The World Bank’s World Development Report (WDR), published every year since 1978, plays a similar role to that of the state of the union address in the US, in which the president hopes to keep the faith of the Congress and public. Its task is to persuade state leaders, policy-makers and academics, directors of industry … Keep reading »

  • The Agro-Food Complex and Climate Change: Veganism or a Green New Deal?

    Humanity is standing on the brink of catastrophic climate change. How can we begin to think about the societal transformations necessary while limiting warming to 1.5°C? Keep reading »

  • Working Women: Should We Be Combatting Sexism to Stimulate Economic Growth?

    In the run-up to International Women’s Day, it was good to see Christine Lagarde highlight the problems of sexism in the global economy. Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 2011, argues that combatting sexism and bringing more women into the workplace could raise economic growth in some countries by as much … Keep reading »

  • A Manifesto for Socialist Development in the 21st Century

    In early 2017, it was revealed that eight men owned as much wealth as half the world’s population (Oxfam 2017). This is in a world where, according to the most conservative figures, around one in three workers live in poverty. More realistic calculations show that the majority of the world’s population suffers from poverty of … Keep reading »

  • Labour’s Permanent Reformation

    The 2017 British general election has generated the beginnings of a qualitative-change in the relationship between the Labour Party, much of British society, and parliament. That transformation can be understood as the emergence of a permanent reformation. Labour’s much better-than expected support raises the distinct possibility of its victory in the next election. Against all … Keep reading »

  • Rethinking Recovery: Poverty Chains and Global Capitalism

    Reorienting value generated within ‘global poverty chains’ is essential to improve the lives of an impoverished world labour force. Contemporary global capitalism is characterized by extreme wealth concentration and a rapidly expanding and largely impoverished global labour force. Mainstream institutions such as the World Bank and International Labour Organization encourage integration into global value chains … Keep reading »

  • Beyond 2015: Is Another Development Possible?

    As we near 2015, the United Nations (UN) will probably set new objectives on behalf of the global community to supersede the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are held largely by the UN, the World Bank and many anti-poverty campaigners, which I label here the anti-poverty consensus, to have been a success. According to … Keep reading »