Projects per year
Mathilde is a Lecturer in International Development in the department since November 2019. Her work takes an interdisciplinary and ethnographic approach to examining the politics of development. In particular, she focuses on how politics and governance shape experiences of inequality, marginalisation and extreme poverty in Bangladesh. She is also interested in the integration of social science perspectives and disciplines to make development interventions and policies more inclusive.
Over the past 15 years, she has provided research and analytical support to a range of international collaborators including development partners and national governments (FCDO, UNCP, UNCDF, IDRC and Save the Children, Oxfam, APPGs in the UK and Bangladesh and the government of Bangladesh) around the themes of social protection, financial inclusion and microfinance, extreme poverty reduction and resilience, and political authority.
Below is a brief overview of some of her recent project - the full list of projects can be accessed under 'Projects'.
- She is the Principal Investigator (PI) for a Policy Support Fund research project engaging with the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, the Planning Commission, Government of Bangladesh and the APPG Groups Extreme Poverty UK and Bangladesh to (1) add new data to our unique qualitative longitudinal dataset which contains lifehistories and wellbeing trajectories of 72 extreme poor households located in the poorest regions of Bangladesh and (2) partner with policy-makers to examine the specific dynamics of intersectionality (ethnic and religious; gender; disability and inter-generationality) and the drivers of spatial inequalities (poverty pockets).
- She also is the PI on an FCDO-commissioned analytical study looking to support the preparation of the chapter on Extreme Poverty Reduction for The Government of Bangladesh’s 8th 5-year Plan, Ministry of Planning, General Economic Division. See our full report here and blog publication here.
- She was Co-I on a research a research project titled: Consolidating power and shifting coalitions: how state, party and the opposition are changing in Bangladesh funded by the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) at the University of Manchester. The project examined Bangladesh's political transition, the means through which the ruling party is consolidating power, containing political opposition and undermining contestation.
- Prior to joining SPS, she held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Global Development Institute in 2017 for a project titled Navigating Bangladesh's political settlement: microfinance, civil society and possibilities for development to examine the means and processes civil society actors use to navigate the shifting and uncertain political dynamics in Bangladesh.
- Between 2014 and 2017, she represented the University of Bath in Bangladesh, on a large-scale extreme poverty alleviation project called EEP/SHIREE. Her involvement in the project included the development of a longitudinal, qualitative data set, gathering life histories of households living in extreme poverty. This work was used as evidence to support the establishment of Extreme Poverty in the Government of Bangladesh’s 7th 5-year plan and to furthering understandings of resilience in the context of extreme poverty.
- In 2014, she completed a PhD from the Global Development Institute (then IDPM) at the University of Manchester, where her thesis explored the interaction between microfinance organisations and local social structures in rural Bangladesh, based on deep and sustained ethnographic field research both in rural and organisational settings. She examined the importance and limits to social performance in the organisational context and identified what she called a ‘practice drift’.
- Researching social change
- Management of international development
- Becoming a social scientist
- Contemporary Issues in South Asian development
I am the current Director of Studies for the following MSc Programmes:
Willing to supervise doctoral students
- Extreme Poverty and Inequality
- Dynamics of marginalisation (gender, race, age and class)
- Politics of contestation
- Civil society and NGOs
- Ethnographic research and participatory research methods
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):
Advance Higher Education, Higher Education Academy
Sep 2021 → Jul 2022
Award Date: 30 Jul 2022
Qualification , Higher Education Academy
Award Date: 1 Feb 2017
International Development, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Manchester
2009 → 2013
Award Date: 15 Sep 2013
International Development, Master of Arts, Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester
Award Date: 27 Sep 2009
Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Development Studies
2022 → …
Editorial Board Member, World Development Perspectives Journal
2022 → …
- H Social Sciences (General)
- GN Anthropology
- JQ Political institutions Asia
- HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
- HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
- HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
- HT Communities. Classes. Races
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8/04/20 → 31/03/23
Project: Central government, health and local authorities
Consolidating power and shifting coalitions: how state, party and the opposition are changing in Bangladesh
Maitrot, M., Jackman, D. & Hulme, D.
1/02/18 → 31/12/18
Project: Research-related funding
TB & Tobacco PLUS: A plan to integrate and scale up tobacco cessation within the National TB programme in Bangladesh and Pakistan
Siddique, K. & Maitrot, M.
1/01/18 → 30/09/18
Project: UK charity
Navigating Bangladesh's political settlement: microfinance, civil society and possibilities for development
1/02/17 → 15/09/17
Project: Research council
Maitrot, M., 31 Mar 2022, In: Development and Change. 53, 2, p. 335-355
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
Ali, Z., Ahmed, B., Maitrot, M., Devine, J. & Wood, G., 1 Sep 2021, Dhaka: Turtle. (Report for the 8th Five Year Plan in Bangladesh.)
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Maitrot, M., 2022.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Abstract
Maitrot, M. & Jackman, D., 20 Apr 2022, (Acceptance date) In: Critical Asian Studies.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Maitrot, M., 31 Dec 2022, In: Journal of Development Studies. 58, 8, p. 1516-1530
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access