Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Daniel Wroe

Research AssociatePhD

3 East 2.19
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6626


I am a social anthropologist interested in the local social and political dynamics of development and change in East and Southern Africa, and Malawi in particular. My PhD thesis was based on fifteen months ethnographic fieldwork staying in a village in a rural area of Malawi’s Central Region. The thesis described the institutions through which people living in the village made claims on each other and carved out identities. I suggested the significance of kinship, chieftaincy and the church in these respects, at a time where opportunities to earn money from migrant labour were not what they once had been.

My current research develops the work in the thesis. One strand engages with questions about the influence of prosperity theology in African churches, another with questions about the power of chiefs through a case study of an agricultural subsidy programme.

I completed my PhD at the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia prior to joining the School of Social and Policy Sciences as the Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Development Studies. My PhD was funded by an ESRC 1+3 scholarship and I received a further ESRC grant that enabled me to learn Chichewa, the language spoken by people living in the village where I did my PhD fieldwork.

Research interests

  • Local politics of East and Southern Africa
  • Development projects and NGOs
  • Religion and the church


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