Billede af Peter Kragelund
  • Universitetsvej 1, 14.1

    DK-4000 Roskilde



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Personlig profil


I am currently employed as Head of Department of the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University. As a researcher I am interested in changes in the global economy and how it affects developing countries (especially in Africa). I have recently finalised two large research projects: one on the economic and political consequences (locally as well as globally) of the rejuvenation of South-South cooperation; and one entitled ‘Successful African Firms and Institutional Change’ comparing firm-internal and firm-external matters in Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania (see where I focused state-business relations, local content policies, and the role of natural resources for development.



General: Global political economy, economic development and development interventions.

Specific: Globalisation, private sector development, development aid, and resource extraction.

Theoretical: Political economy, state-business relations, and institutional economy.

Disciplinary: Development studies.

Geographic: Low income countries, sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana and Zambia.


Current research

  • Chinese engagement and local policy making in Zambia
  • South-South cooperation
  • Extractive industries, local linkages and development in Africa
  • Successful African Firms and Institutional Change (


Academic background

2006:             PhD, International Development Studies, Roskilde University

1998:             M.Sc. Economic Geography, Institute of Geography, University of Copenhagen


Employment record

01/2016-: Head of Department, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University

12/2014-12/2015: Head of Department, Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University

06/2011-: Associate Professor, Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University

02/2009-06/2011: Assistant Professor, Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University

09/2006-01/2009: External lecturer, Centre for African Studies, University of Copenhagen.

09/2006-12/2006: External lecturer, Institute of Geography, University of Copenhagen

11/2005-01/2009: Project Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen

12/2001-03/2005: PhD Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen & International Development Studies, Roskilde University

02/2000-06/2000: Teaching assistant, Institute of Geography, University of Copenhagen

03/1999-11/2001: Head of Section, Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen


Professional responsibilities

Board member of Care Danmark, 2015- (Chairmain of the programme committee, 2018-)

Board member of Dignity, 2014-2018 (Chairman 2016-2018)

Member of EADI Executive Committee, 2014-2017 

Head of International Development Research Group, RUC, 2013-2014

Head of Studies, International Development Studies and Global Studies, RUC, 2011-2013

Member of UNDP Human Development Report 2013 expert panel

Member of OECD’s expert panel for the 2011 African Economic Outlook Report: ‘Africa and its emerging partners’.

Occasional reviewer for the following scientific journals and publishers: African Affairs, Africa Today, Area Development and Policy, Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Development and Change, Development Policy Review, European Journal of Development Research, Forum for Development Studies, International Journal of Health Policy, International Journal of Planning and Development, James Currey, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Mineral Economics, New Political Economy, Palgrave Macmillan, Review of International Political Economy, The Extractives Industry and Society, Third World Quarterly, World Development, and Zed Books.

External examinar at Geography (University of Copenhagen and Aalborg University) and Centre of African Studies (University of Copenhagen), 2013- (deputy chairmain since 2018).

External examiner at Political Science (University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and Southern Danish University), 2013-2017.

Member of the Reference Group for the 'Retrospective study of the outcome of three decades of Danida support to development research and research capacity building' established by the Danida Fellowship Centre (2018)

Member of the Reference Group for the ’Evaluation of the Business-to-Business Programme 2006-2011’ established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2013-2014)

Member of the Reference Group for the ’Ghana Country Programme Evaluation’ established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007-2008)

Member of the Reference Group for futher strengthening and developing Danida's Private Sector Development Programme established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2005).


PhD supervision

Johanna Jansson (2010-2016): ‘When Chinese development finance met IMF's public debt norm in DR Congo’

Adam Moe fejerskov (2013-2016): ‘No organization is an island: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's entrance into the field of international development cooperation’

Wisdom Kaleng'a (2013-): 'An investigation of supplier firms’ technological capabilities and performance in a changing Zambian mining sector environment'

Camilla Valeur Nygaard (2017-): 'In search of the developmental enterprise: a study of foreign direct investments in East Africa supported by the Danish DFI Danish Development Fund for Developing Countries' 


Selected publications

2019 South-South DevelopmentRoutledge Perspectives on Development, Abingdon: Routledge

2017 'The making of local content policies in Zambia's copper sector: Institutional impediments to resource-led development'. Resources Policy 51:57-66.

2016 'Firm-level Perspectives on State–Business Relations in Africa: The Food-processing Sector in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia'. Forum for Development Studies:1-23, co-authoored with Goodluck Charles, Paul Kamau, and Søren Jeppesen

2016 'The Confucius Institute at the University of Zambia: a new direction in the internationalisation of African higher education?' in Adriansen, H. A., Madsen, L. M, and S. Jensen (eds): Higher education and capacity building in Africa: the geography and power of Edudaction, Routledge: Abingdom, pp. 83-104, co-authoored with Godfrey Hampwaye

2016 'The BRICS’ impacts on local economic development in the Global South: the cases of a tourism town and two mining provinces in ZambiaArea Development and Policy, Vol 1(2): 218-237. Co-authored with Padraig Carmody

2016 'Who is in Charge? State Power and Agency in Sino-African RelationsCornell International Law Review, Vol 49(1): 1-23. Co-authored with Padraig Carmody

2015 'Towards convergence and cooperation in the global development finance regime: Closing Africa's policy space?" in Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 28(2): 246-262

2014 '"Donors go home": Non-traditional state actors and the creation of development space in Zambia' in Third World Quarterly, 35(1): 145-162.

2012 ‘Seeking markets and resources: State-driven Chinese and Indian investments in Zambia’ in International Journal for Technology and Globalisation, 6(4): 352-368. Special Issue on Emerging Multinationals – co-authored with Godfrey Hampwaye.

2012 ‘The revival of non-traditional state actors’ interests in Africa: Does it matter for policy autonomy?’ in Development Policy Review, 30(6): 703-718

2012 Bringing indigenous ownership back: Chinese investments and contemporary policy making in Zambia’ Journal of Modern African Studies,50(3): 447-466.

2011 ‘Back to BASICs? The rejuvenation of non-traditional donors’ development cooperation with Africa’ Development and Change, 42(2), 585-607.

2009 ‘Knocking on a wide open door: Chinese investments in Africa’ Review of African Political Economy, 36(122), 479-497. Routledge Editor’s pick, 2010.

2009 ‘Part of the Disease or Part of the Cure? Chinese Investments in the Zambian Mining and Construction sectors’ European Journal of Development Research, 21(4), 644-661.

2008 ‘The Return of Non-DAC Donors to Africa: New Prospects for African Development?’ Development Policy Review, 26(5), 2008, 555-84. Top ten most cited article. 

2004 ‘The Embedded Recipient and the Disembedded Donor: Private-Sector Development Aid in Ghana’ Forum for Development Studies, 31(2), 307-335. profile


  • Industriel udvikling, Udviklingsstudier, Udviklingslande
  • Zambia
  • South-South development

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Africa's Shadow Rise: China and the Mirage of African Economic Development

Carmody, P., Kragelund, P. & Riberedo, R., 2020, (Accepteret/In press) London: Zed Books.

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportBogForskningpeer review

South-South Development

Kragelund, P., 2019, Oxon: Routledge. 198 s. (Routledge Perspectives on Development).

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportBogForskningpeer review

Firm-level perspectives on State-Business Relations in Africa: The food-processing sector in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia

Charles, G., Jeppesen, S., Kamau, P. & Kragelund, P., 2017, I : Forum for Development Studies. 44, 1, s. 109-131

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

International Cooperation for Development

Kragelund, P., 18 jul. 2017, The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies. Veltmeyer, H. & Bowles, P. (red.). Abingdon: Routledge, (Routledge Critical Development Studies).

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiUndervisningpeer review


  • 1 Igangværende

EHTZ: Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania

Gissel, L. E., Kragelund, P., Richey, L. A., Bærendtsen, P., Hamudi, M., Justesen, M. K., Kweka, O., Mercer, C., Msoka, R., Mukangara, D., Mwamfupe, A. & Turner, S.


Projekter: ProjektForskning


  • 4 Foredrag og mundtlige bidrag

Innovativ finansiering af udvikling

Peter Kragelund (Foredragsholder)
21 sep. 2009

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

The Private Sector Development Programme in Ghana: an outline of its impact at enterprise and private-sector level

Peter Kragelund (Oplægsholder)
12 jan. 2005

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

The paradox of reform: added donor pressure and increased domestic persistence in the development aid to the private sector in Ghana

Peter Kragelund (Oplægsholder)
23 aug. 200424 aug. 2004

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

The impact of aid to the privat sector in Ghana: some analytical considerations

Peter Kragelund (Oplægsholder)
14 aug. 200316 aug. 2003

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentationForedrag og mundtlige bidrag