Japhy Wilson is a Lecturer in International Political Economy in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Manchester, United Kingdom.
His research explores the intertwining of space, power and ideology in the politics of development.
He completed his PhD in International Politics at the University of Manchester (2009), with a thesis addressing the contested production of space in southern Mexico.
He was a Teaching Fellow in International Politics at Manchester (2009-2011), Hallsworth Research Fellow in Geography, also at Manchester (2011-13), and then re-joined International Politics as Lecturer in International Political Economy (2014-).
He was granted leave to take up a temporary position as Research Coordinator at the National Strategic Centre for the Right to Territory (CENEDET) in Quito, Ecuador, a research institute led by David Harvey. He is working on the planetary urbanization of the Ecuadorian Amazon, drawing on historical geographical materialism and the psychoanalytic critique of ideology in order to disentangle the power relations though which social space is imagined, produced, and transformed.
He is author of Jeffrey Sachs: The Strange Case of Dr Shock and Mr Aid (Verso, 2014), and edited The Post-Political and Its Discontents (Edinburgh UP, 2014) with Erik Swyngedouw. He has written articles appearing in Globalizations, Development and Change, Antipode, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
Japhy Wilson was a workshop expert on planetary urbanization in the Amazon at the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Construction dedicated to “Infrastructure Space” held April 7-9, 2016 in Detroit, USA.