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Research interests

My experience of research, doctoral supervision and publication span the following:

  • Agrarian change and rural development
  • Development finance, microfinance and impact evaluation
  • Definition and measurement of poverty and wellbeing
  • The political economy of international development.

I am particularly interested in the interaction between them.

I am currently Director of Studies for the professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice (DPRP) at the Institute of Policy Research (IPR), and a founding director of Bath Social and Development Research Ltd - a social enterprise set up in 2016 to promote better qualitative and multi-method impact evaluation. I am NOT currently accepting new PhD students.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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