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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 2021

Bloomberg STOP

Copestake, J. & Bloomfield, M.


Project: Other

Qualitative Impact Protocol for Social Impact Investment

Copestake, J. & Nino-Zarazua, M.



Project: Research council

social effects
promotion of development
sales strategy

ICURe: Innovation to commercialisation of University Research: the QuIP

Copestake, J. & Remnant, F.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

KTP with Oxford Policy Management Limited (2)

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

Innovate UK


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 1988 2020

Atrributing Development Impact: The Qualitative Impact Protocol Case Book

Copestake, J., Morsink, M. & Remnant, F., 31 Dec 2019, Practical Action Publishing. 192 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Recently graduated midwives in Uganda: self-perceived achievement, wellbeing and work prospects

Copestake, J., Theuss, M., Brownie, S., Davies, G., Burke, E., Mukuru, M., Kyakuwaire, H. & Edwards, G., 2 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Midwifery. 82, 18 p., 102596.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reframing Microfinance and Financial Inclusion Research: Case Studies and Synthesis

Copestake, J., 16 Jul 2019, Emerging Challenges and Innovations in Microfinance and Financial Inclusion. O'Connor, M. & Silva Afonso, J. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 163-173 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Veil of Ignorance Process Tracing (VoiPT) methodology

Copestake, J., Goertz, G. & Haggard, S., 4 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Qualitative & Multi-Method Research. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



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