Nicholas Loubere

Associate Senior Lecturer, Ph.D., M.A., B.A.

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Social Sciences


  • Asian studies, Development Studies, Rural development, China studies, research methodology, fieldwork


My research primarily focuses on processes and patterns of underdevelopment, marginality and inequality at different levels within China and globally. Recent and forthcoming publications critically examine the heterogeneous implementation of government-run microcredit programmes in different localities, and demonstrate the ways in which microcredit produces patterns of de-marginalisation for some areas and actors, while simultaneously feeding into processes that lead to the marginalisation and exploitation of others.

Currently, I am in the process of developing two new research projects. The first seeks to examine the informal migration of Chinese nationals to Ghana in order to engage in small-scale gold mining. The second aims to explore the use of new forms of Internet finance – particularly peer-to-peer lending – in rural areas of China. At the same time, I am engaged in research and publications that critically reflect on the methodological challenges implicit in conducting in-depth empirical fieldwork, and which seek to develop new techniques and approaches for interacting with the field and data.

I am also the co-chief editor of the website, and the co-editor of Made in China: A Quarterly on Chinese Labour, Civil Society, and Rights.

Recent research outputs

Stefan Brehm & Nicholas Loubere 2018 Jan 15 The Conversation

Research output: Other contributionWeb publication/Blog post

Nicholas Loubere 2018 In : Journal of Peasant Studies. 45, 3, p. 585-609

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Botchwey, G., Crawford, G., Nicholas Loubere & Lu, J. 2018 UNU-WIDER, 17 p.(WIDER Working Paper)

Research output: Working paper

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