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 and digital financial inclusion – 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 Made in China Journal.

Highlighted research outputs

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nicholas Loubere, 2017, In : China Perspectives. 2017, 4, p. 9-18 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chambers, R. & Nicholas Loubere, 2017, Understanding Global Development Research: Fieldwork Issues, Experiences and Reflections. Crawford, G., Kruckenberg, L. J., Loubere, N. & Morgon, R. (eds.). SAGE Publications Inc., p. 27-46 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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