Dr Peter Dwyer
I left school at 16 and worked in factories, offices and retail, and travelled extensively before undertaking a degree in my late twenties. This transformed my life. Having completed a PhD about the transition to democracy in South Africa, I was awarded a one year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Civil Society in the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. I then worked for several years as a Researcher and the Head of Education and Campaigns at a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Cape Town. I continue to work with a wide variety of labour, social movements and NGOs in Southern Africa, I am on the editorial board of The Review of African Political Economy and I am also the journals book reviews editor. My research focus is on popular movements and protests in Africa. You can find some of my publications online free here: https://ruskin.academia.edu/PeterDwyer
Prior to Ruskin I had taught at both traditional universities and in adult education with NGOs and social movements in Southern Africa.
The appeal of Ruskin was the opportunity to work with people like me who, for whatever reason, had not taken a traditional route to university.
Publications and Media
Dwyer, P & Zeilig, L (2018) Marxism, class and revolution in Africa: the legacy of the 1917 Russian Revolution International Socialism Journal, issue 157, winter,
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. Read here.
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.
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.
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.
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.