Richard Crook Biography
Richard Crook holds a PhD in Government (on local politics in Ashanti, Ghana) from the London School of Economics.
He taught Politics at Huddersfield Polytechnic, the University of Birmingham (Centre of West African Studies) and Glasgow University, and first joined the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), where he is a Professorial Fellow in Governance, in 1999. He became the first holder of the Emeka Anyaoku Chair in Commonwealth Studies at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, 2003-06, and then Director of the Institute, 2006-09, before returning to IDS. He is the co-author of Democracy and Decentralisation in South Asia and West Africa (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and The law, legal institutions and the protection of land rights in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire (IDS, Brighton, 2007). He leads APPP's Local Justice research stream.