Gavin Norman Kitching Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Gavin Norman Kitching

Emeritus Professor of Politics
University of New South Wales

I studied Economics and Politics as an undergraduate and obtained an Oxford D Phil in African Studies. Over a 50 year research and teaching career I have undertaken research and consultancy in Africa, Latin America and Russia. I have written major books on African economic history, globalisation, and the philosophy of social science. I have held teaching and research posts in the UK, Australia, the USA, Canada and Latin America and am a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.


The first part of my academic career was spent in the field of development studies, and involved fieldwork in Africa and Latin America in particular. Since the 1990s I have become more interested in philosophy, and especially the later philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein and its implications for  social science. I have written extensively on the relationship between Wittgenstein's later philosophy and the philosophical ideas of the early Marx. I retired from my chair in 2012, but have continued to write and research. I have two sons but (as yet) no grandchildren, and I live with my partner Pamela in inner-western Sydney


    Bsc (Econ) Sheffied, UK, 1968, D.Phil (Oxon) 1972

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Development Economics and Development Studies, Political Theory, Philosophy of Social Science.

Personal Interests

    Walking and bike riding, playing golf (badly), supporting Sunderland AFC football team (a tragedy), writing crime fiction, the music of Bach.


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