17th Karlsruhe Dialogues – Speakers

The ‘In-Between Society’: Tradition and Modernism in Conflict

Prof. Dr. Jude Howell



Prof. Dr. Jude Howell has been professor at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2003. From 2003 to 2010, she was director of the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In the same time, she was appointed governance team leader at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Since 2004, she has been director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) research programme, and editor of the Palgrave Press book series Non-Governmental Public Action. Her research interests are in the field of civil society, shifting modes of global governance, women’s participation in politics, and the post-9/11 war on terrorism. She is member of various committees, advisory panels, and consultancy boards concerning development affairs, questions of gender, as well as China’s civil society and governance. Howell speaks, among various other languages, Mandarin Chinese and Hindi due to stays abroad and field research. Many of her projects were rewarded with research grants for further development. Besides her book series Non-Governmental Public Action, she has published various other books, e.g. Civil Society and Development: A Critical Exploration (2002), dealing with the term of ‘civil society’ being applied to the development of states, and Governance in China (2004), analysing the tension that rapid economic change causes in a society. Howell covers a wide range of internationally focused research projects and events on civil society.