Marlea Clarke

Marlea Clarke
Director/Advisor for Global Development Studies
Political Science
Office: DTB A344

Marlea Clarke (BA, University of Calgary; MA and PhD York University) is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, as well as the Director and Program Advisor for the Global Development Studies Minor at the University of Victoria. Prior to joining the department in 2010, she was a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer in Labour Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton (2005-08), and worked as an educational specialist with the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa (2009-10). Between 1996-2003 she lived in Southern Africa, where she worked as a researcher and educator, much of this time based at the Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group (Institute of Development and Labour Law, University of Cape Town), where she remains affiliated as a Research Associate.

She specialises in Comparative politics and the Global South (Africa). Her broad research interests are globalisation, employment and labour market restructuring from a comparative and feminist political economy perspective. Her research has focused on African political economy and development, with a particular focus on post-colonial transitions to democracy, state and labour market restructuring, state-civil society relations, and labour movements and community resistance in South Africa in both contemporary and historical contexts.