Dr Peter Dwyer

Academic Coordinator for Humanities and Social Sciences
Tutor in Radical Economics and Social Science
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Peter Dwyer teaches political economy at Ruskin on both the Social and Political Studies and International Labour and Trade Union Studies programmes.

He is an active trade union member and has been involved as a researcher and campaigner in a variety of social movement campaigns in both the UK and South Africa. He has worked with the Congress of South African Trade Unions together with other labour, social movement and non-governmental organisations in Southern Africa.

He has also presented at World Social Forums in Brazil, Mali and Kenya. His research interests include: labour and social movements in Africa, the political economy of development, the political and social implications of macro policy, South African civil society and collective responses to neo-liberalism in Africa. 

Peter is a Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg.

Recent publications include:

Dwyer P. and Zeilig, L. (2012) African Struggles Today: Social Movements since independence, Haymarket Books, Chicago.

Zeilig, L, Larmer M and Dwyer, P. (2012) An epoch of uprisings: Social Movements in post-colonial Africa, 1945-98, Socialist History 40.

Dwyer, P. and Seddon, D. (2010) The Role of Popular Movements in Africa Today’, paper to the 15th International Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, 29-31 March.

Dwyer, P. and Zeilig, L (2009) 'Township Protests, Militant Strikes: Rethinking the Left's Approach', in The South African Labour Bulletin, volume 33 Number 4, October/November.

Dwyer, Peter (2009) South Africa's climate of rebellion, Pambazuka News issue 450, 1 October.
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Larmer, M. Dwyer, P. and Zeilig, L (2009) 'Southern African social movements at the 2007 Nairobi World Social Forum, Global Networks, A Journal of Transnational Affairs, Volume Number 9.

Desai, A. and Dwyer, P. (2008) 'Civil society, the United Nations and WCAR', in Bond, P. and Desai, in Foreign Policy Bottom Up: South African Civil Society and the globalisation of popular solidarity, A report of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society. 
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Desai, A. and Dwyer, P. (2008) 'The World $ummit on $ustainable Development', in Bond, P. and Desai, in Foreign Policy Bottom Up: South African Civil Society and the globalisation of popular solidarity, A report of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society.
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Dwyer, P. Seddon, D and Zeilig, L, (2008) 'An epoch of uprisings: Social movements in post-colonial Africa', paper to 13th International Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, 17-19 March.

Dwyer, P. (2006), ‘The Right to Work: a light in the tunnel’, South African Labour Bulletin, volume 30, issue 4, Oct/Nov.

Dwyer, P. (2006) ‘The Concerned Citizens Forum: A Fight within a fight’, in Ballard et al (eds), Voices of protest: social movements in post-apartheid South Africa, University of KwaZulu Press, Pietermaritzburg.

Dwyer P, (2004) The contentious politics of the Concerned Citizens Forum (CCF), Centre for Civil Society research report 27, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
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Dwyer, P, (2003), ‘South Africa: Dying to Fight’, Review of African Political Economy, No 98, Dec 2003.

Dwyer, P. (2002) ‘South Africa under the ANC: Still bound to the chains of exploitation’ in Class Struggle and Resistance in Africa Leo Zeilig (ed) New Clarion Press Cheltenham. 

Peter Dwyer