Mr Andy Bevan BSc (Soc.Sci.), Bristol, Economic and Social History



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Lecturing on BA Ethical and Political Studies

Notions of progress and development first struck me in my teens when I spent a year, away from Dynevor School , Swansea,  in what was then British Honduras. My dad was on secondment with Barbara Castle’s new Ministry of Overseas Development - and I enjoyed my year with Belizean students at the Jesuits’  St John’s  College, in Belize City!              

Chairman of the Young Socialists in the 1970s and Labour’s National Youth Officer in the 1980s, I was elected Labour HQ staff convener 1983-1988, dealing directly with the major players on Labour’s NEC in those turbulent years.

In 1988, I joined VSO’s staff, supporting technical development interventions, mainly in Africa, recruiting skilled personnel and designing their pre-departure adaptation training, in close collaboration with the Intermediate Technology Development Group (set up by E F Schumacher) and the Water, Engineering and Development Centre at Loughborough University. I regularly taught courses including Appropriate Technology, Adapting Technical Work Practice and Personal  Safety and Security for Development Workers.  I remained a trainer for VSO until 2004.

From 2000-2014, I co-managed European Voluntary Service projects in and from Wales and in 2015 I joined the UWTSD staff as Senior Project Officer on the EU-funded Rural Alliances project.

Welsh Council of Voluntary Action, Institute of Welsh Affairs, Llafur – Welsh People’s History Society

  • Lecturing on “Sustainable Development in an Era of Globalisation?” on the BA Ethical and Political Studies course
  • Collaborating on the design of new modules on international development
  • Transitions from subsistence to cash economies
  • Role of the informal sector in economic development
  • The UP Government in Chile 1970-73
  • The recovery of Thatcher’s premiership from the riots of 1981 to the “Falklands Election” of 1983
  • Theory and practice in “appropriate technologies”
  • Rural water supply and the use of locally available skills and materials
  • Community involvement in technical change
  • Labour Party and trade union history of the 1970s and 1980s
  • Contemporary Welsh politics

Culture, Cash and Housing – Community and Tradition in Low-income Building (1992). Mitchell, M and Bevan, A: VSO/IT Books, London


A Real Citizen Service for Wales (2014). Bevan, A: Institute of Welsh Affairs/Welsh Assembly Commission, Cardiff


Institute of Welsh Affairs weblogs:   (Review of  Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan  by Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds)