1988 …2021

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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 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), Director of the Centre for Development Studies, 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.

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Bloomberg STOP

Copestake, J. & Bloomfield, M.


Project: Other

Qualitative Impact Protocol for Social Impact Investment

Copestake, J. & Nino-Zarazua, M.



Project: Research council

  • 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

    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

    Open Access

    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