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Dr Zoe Pflaeger Young

Job: Lecturer in International Relations

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Department of Politics & Public Policy

Research group(s): Department of Politics and Public Policy

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0) 116 207 8222

E: zoe.pflaeger@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/pol

 

Personal profile

Zoe Pflaeger Young joined the Department of Politics and Public Policy at DMU in September 2013 as a lecturer in International Relations. Prior to this she was a lecturer in Global Political Economy at the Department of International Relations at Sussex University.

She completed her PhD in 2011 at the Department for Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. Her research offers a critical engagement with approaches to empowerment within development theory and practice. Focusing on the case of Kenya's coffee industry, it seeks to identify not only the possible tensions between World Bank policies aimed at producer empowerment and the restructuring of the coffee industry, but also possible alternative approaches to empowerment and poverty alleviation, such as fair trade.  During her doctoral research, she was a visiting fellow in the School of International Service at American University in Washington DC under the supervision of James Mittelman. She also undertook participant-observation research both here in the UK whilst based at the Fairtrade Foundation and in Kenya, predominantly in Nairobi and Central Province. This included working in collaboration with the UK registered charity Lorna Young Foundation on a youth project and a peer partnership project based at a local college and a Fairtrade coffee cooperative.

In 2011, she was awarded the Robert and Jessie Cox Award for best graduate student paper of critical inquiry into international relations for a paper entitled ‘Decaf Empowerment? Post-Washington Consensus Development Policy and Kenya’s Coffee Industry’. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

Pflaeger, Z. (2013) ‘Decaf Empowerment? Post-Washington Consensus Development Policy and Kenya’s Coffee Industry’ Journal of International Relations and Development, 16 (3), pp. 331-57

Bates, S., Jenkins, L., and Pflaeger, Z. (2012) ‘Women in the Profession: The Composition of UK Political Science Departments by Sex’, Politics, 32 (3), pp.139-152

Research interests/expertise

Zoe has research interests in critical political economy and critical theories of development, approaches to empowerment and participation, Gramscian critical thought and the politics of resistance, Kenyan political economy, the global restructuring of the coffee industry, fair trade and gender relations. She is currently working on two articles, one of which examines the ambiguity of the global restructuring of the coffee industry for gender relations in Kenya. The other considers the potential of fair trade to provide an alternative approach to empowerment.

Areas of teaching

  • Making of a Global World
  • Globalisation and Democracy
  • MSc Globalisation

Qualifications

PhD Political Science, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham (2011)

MA (Distinction) Political Science (Research Methods), Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham (2006)

BA (Hons) (I) Political Science, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham (2005)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Development Studies Association (2009-)
  • British International Studies Association, International Political Economy Working Group and Africa and International Studies Working Group (2008-)
  • International Studies Association (2008-)

Conference attendance

2012 Pflaeger, Z. ‘Women’s Empowerment, Fair Trade and Kenya’s Coffee Industry’, paper presented at the BISA-ISA Joint Conference, Edinburgh

2012 Pflaeger, Z. ‘Producer Empowerment and Partnerships in Fair Trade’, paper presented at the ISA Annual Conference, San Diego

2011 Pflaeger, Z. ‘Contesting Neoliberalism? Fair Trade as an Alternative Approach to Empowerment in Kenya’s Coffee Industry’, paper presented at the The Global Political Economy in Uncertain Times Workshop, University of Manchester

2011 Pflaeger, Z. ‘The Poverty of Development Ideas: A Conceptual History of Empowerment’ paper presented at the ISA Annual Conference, Montreal

2011 Pflaeger, Z. ‘Alternative Approaches to Empowerment: Fair Trade Initiatives in Kenya’s Coffee Industry’ paper presented at the ISA Annual Conference, Montreal

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