Joseph Hanlon

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Joseph Hanlon (born 1941) is a journalist, social scientist and Senior Lecturer in Development Policy and Practice at the Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. Born in the United States, he moved to Britain in 1971.[1]

His areas of interest are Mozambique; international aid and development; and the course and resolution of civil wars.[citation needed] He has resided in Mozambique for considerable periods and is one of the most knowledgeable people in the English-speaking world on that country's current affairs and history over the last several decades.[citation needed]

Hanlon has a bachelor's degree from MIT, and a Ph.D. in high-energy physics from Tufts University. Before moving to Mozambique and specializing in the problems of developing countries, he was an editor of Computerworld[2] and technology policy editor of New Scientist.[3]


  • Mozambique: The Revolution Under Fire. 1984, London, Zed Books. ISBN 0-86232-940-X.
  • Beggar Your Neighbours: Apartheid Power in Southern Africa. 1986. James Currey. ISBN 0-85255-305-6.
  • Mozambique and the Great Flood of 2000. With Frances Christie, 1986. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-21473-4.
  • The Sanctions Handbook. With Roger Omond, 1987, Harmondsworth, Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-052388-X.
  • Mozambique: Who Calls the Shots?. 1991. James Currey / Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-85255-346-3.
  • “Renewed land debate and the ‘cargo cult’ in Mozambique”, Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol 30(3) (year: 2004), 603–626.
  • Civil War, Civil Peace. Edited by Helen Yanacopulos and Joseph Hanlon, 2006. Chapters 1–5 by Joseph Hanlon. James Currey / Ohio University Press / The Open University. ISBN 0-89680-249-3.
  • "Illegitimate" loans: Lenders, not borrowers are responsible', Third World Quarterly 27(2) (year:2006): 211–226.
  • "Wolfowitz, the World Bank, and Illegitimate Lending", The Brown Journal of World Affairs. 13(2) (year: 2007): 41-54
  • Is Poverty Decreasing in Mozambique?[dead link] (2007)
  • Do Bicycles Equal Development in Mozambique?. With Teresa Smart, 2008. James Currey. ISBN 978-1-84701-319-4.
  • Just Give Money to the Poor: The Development Revolution from the Global South . With Armando Barrientos and David Hulme, 2010. Kumarian Press. ISBN 978-1-56549-333-9.
  • "Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change: Keeping Our Heads above Water". With Manoj Roy and David Hulme, 2016. Anthem Press. ISBN 978-1-78308-633-7.[4]


  1. ^ "AL3050 :: The Joseph Hanlon Collection". South African History Archive. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Joseph Hanlon (February 25, 1971). "The implications of Project Cambridge". New Scientist. 49 (740): 421–423. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Departure and arrivals". New Scientist. 52 (772): 39. December 2, 1971. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change".

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