John Gaventa is a Professor and Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, where he is a member of the Participation, Power and Social Change team. He also has served as the Director of the Development Research Center on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability, funded by the Department for International Development in the UK.
A former Rhodes Scholar, he holds a DPhil from Oxford University. He has written widely on issues of participation, power and development. His most recent works include "What Difference Does it Make? Mapping the outcomes of citizen engagement" (IDS Working Paper) and two edited books, Citizen Action and National Policy Reform (with Rosemary McGee) and Globalising Citizens: the new dynamics of inclusion and exclusion (with Rajesh Tandon).