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Research interests

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

  • Agrarian change and rural development
  • Development finance and impact evaluation
  • Wellbeing and poverty assessment
  • The political economy of international development.

I am particularly interested in the interaction between them.

Recent research income has come from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID). They have entailed field work in Ethiopia, India, Malawi and Peru. I have undertaken a wide range of teaching and management roles, and am currently Director of Studies for the Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice, Head of the International Development Group, an advisor to Gorta Self Help Africa, and a trustee of INTRAC.

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Projects 2010 2016

Qualitative Impact Protocol for Social Impact Investment

Copestake, J. & Nino-Zarazua, M.


Project: Research council

social effects
promotion of development
sales strategy

Global Research Scholarship Scheme - Social Policy and International Development (Ramlatu Attah)

Copestake, J.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

ICURe: Innovation to commercialisation of University Research: the QuIP

Copestake, J. & Remnant, F.


Project: Central government, health and local authoritiesPublic Engagement

KTP with Oxford Policy Management Limited (2)

Johnson, S., Copestake, J. & Vujić, S.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

KTP with Triple Line Consulting Limited

Copestake, J. & Devine, J.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2001 2019

Approaches to evidence synthesis in international development: a research agenda

Oliver, S., Gough, D., Copestake, J. & Thomas, J., 2018, In : Journal of Development Effectiveness. 10, 3, p. 305-326 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

value theory
2 Citations (Scopus)

Managing relationships in qualitative impact evaluation of international development: QuIP choreography as a case study

Copestake, J., Remnant, F., Allan, C., van Bekkum, W., Belay, M., Goshu, T., Mvula, P., Thomas, E. & Zerahun, Z., 1 Apr 2018, In : Evaluation. 24, 2, p. 169-184 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Timely evaluation in international development

Webster, J., Exley, J., Copestake, J., Davies, R. & Hargreaves, J., 2018, In : Journal of Development Effectiveness. 10, 4, p. 482-508 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Much Still to Do: Microfinance and the Long Journey to Financial Inclusion in India

Copestake, J., Sinha, F., Sinha, S. & Arora, S., 1 Jun 2017, Oxford Policy Management, 16 p. (Briefing Note).

Research output: Working paper

Financial inclusion
Rate of return


Diversify or Die? The Response of Ghanaian Non-Governmental Development Organisations (NGDOs) to a Changing Aid Landscape

Author: Kumi, E., 7 Dec 2017

Supervisor: Copestake, J. (Supervisor) & Maconachie, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Managing for organisational self-reliance and social impact in Indian microfinance: alternatives to the mainstream

Author: Humberstone, J., 19 Apr 2015

Supervisor: Copestake, J. (Supervisor) & Johnson, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Models of Social Enterprise?: Microfinance Organisations as Promoters of Decent Work in Central Asia

Author: Gravesteijn, R., 24 Mar 2014

Supervisor: Copestake, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Multilateral restrictions on industrial policy: the impact of eliminating local content requirements in the automotive sector

Author: Martinelli, L., 30 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Copestake, J. (Supervisor), Charles, A. (Supervisor), Subasat, T. (External person) (Supervisor) & Papps, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD