Webster joined the Department of Politics and International Studies in 2010 within the Centre for Legislative Studies after having completed his MSc. Development, Training and Education followed by an MPhil. African Studies from the Universities ofWolverhampton and Birmingham respectively. His research theme is, “Politics of Democracy and Governance in the Malawi Parliament“ (Case Study)
Before embarking on his academic pursuit, Webster had served as a Member ofMalawi Parliament (MP) representing Chitipa North Constituency on the ticket for Alliance for Democracy Party (AFORD). During his five year term of office, he served as Director for Campaign in the Party’s National Executive Council. In Parliament, he was appointed shadow minister responsible for Irrigation and Water Development. He was also a member of Parliamentary Procedures Committee, Public Accounts Committee as well as Agriculture and Food Security Committee. Furthermore, he represented the Malawi Parliament in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)- Africa Region.
Between 1999 and 2004, Webster was instrumental in ‘redefining’ the politics of Parliamentary Democracy in Malawi by being part of the campaign against the Constitutional amendment of Sec. 83:3 (Malawi Constitution) which, if amended would have removed limitations to the presidential tenure of office. It was defeated by a narrow margin.
Webster has a very practical ‘Hands-on’ in African Politics in General and that of Malawi in Particular. He has a keen interest in the emergence of the African Democracies.
His areas of interest are in:
- African Parliaments
- Democratic Governance
- Development Studies
- University of HullPhD: Politics and International Studies, present
- University of BirminghamMaster of Philosophy: African Studies, 2008 - 20010
- University of WolverhamptonMaster of Science: Development Studies and Education, 2005 - 2007