Professor and (fmr.) Director, Development Studies Institute
London School of Economics London, England
At the London School of Economics since 1994, Jo Beall is former Director of the Development Studies Institute and a Professor of Development Studies. She previously taught at University College London and University of Natal in South Africa, where she currently holds a visiting professorship. A political sociologist, she focuses her teaching on development policy and management, local governance, and the social dimensions of development.
Dr. Beall’s research interests include urban development and local governance, particularly in war-torn cities. She is author of Local Funds for Local Governance (ITDG Publications, 2005) and Women in the City: Housing, Services, and the Urban Environment (OECD, 1995); co-author of Uniting a Divided City, Governance and Social Exclusion in Johannesburg (Earthscan, 2002 with Owen Crankshaw and Susan Parnell), and Sustainability (Open University Press 2002 with Ben Crow, Sandrine Simon and Gordon Wilson); she is editor of Fragile Stability? State and Society in Democratic South Africa (special issue of Journal of Southern African Studies 2005 with Stephen Gelb and Shireen Hassim) and A City for All (Zed Books, 1997).