John Gaventa: Seeing Like a Citizen

International Studies in Planning Spring 2012

John Gaventa is director of the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University. He is a political sociologist, educator, and civil society practitioner with extensive experience in research, training, and organizational leadership. As an academic researcher, Gaventa has worked extensively on areas of international development, citizen participation, and action; participatory methods of research and learning; power and empowerment; participatory governance; global citizenship and social movements; and grassroots organization. He has organized and led several large-scale international research programs and action learning networks, including the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability, and LogoLink. Gaventa has also served as a leader of civil society organizations, including serving as director of the Highlander Center and chair of Oxfam Great Britain. A former Rhodes Scholar and MacArthur Prize Fellow, he was most recently a professor in the participation, power, and social change team at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Gaventa holds a Ph.D. in politics from Oxford University (Nuffield College) and a bachelor of arts from Vanderbilt University in politics, sociology, and philosophy.