Mathilde Maitrot

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Research interests

I am a Lecturer in International Development, having joined the department in November 2019. My work takes an interdisciplinary and ethnographic approach to examining the politics of development. In particular, I focus on how politics and governance shape experiences of inequality, marginalisation and extreme poverty in Bangladesh. I am also interested in the integration of social science perspectives and disciplines to make development interventions and policies more inclusive. 

Over the past 15 years, I have 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 and the government of Bangladesh) around the themes of social protection, financial inclusion and microfinance, extreme poverty reduction and resilience, and political authority. 

  • I am currently Principal Investigator for 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. 
  • I recently conducted a first round of research in Bangladesh for a 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 examines Bangladesh's political transition, the means through which the ruling party is consolidating power, containing political opposition and undermining contestation.
  • Prior to joining SPS, I 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, in Bangladesh, I worked on a large-scale extreme poverty alleviation project called EEP/SHIREE, with the University of Bath. My involvement in the project involved 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, I completed a PhD from the Global Development Institute (then IDPM) at the University of Manchester, where my 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. I examined the importance and limits to social performance in the organisational context and identified a dynamic I called ‘practice drift’

Teaching interests

Researching Social Change 

Management of International Development

Becoming a social scientist

Contemporary Issues in South Asian Development 

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Poverty and Inequality 

Dynamics of marginalisation

Politics of contestation 

Education/Academic qualification

International Development, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Manchester


Award Date: 15 Sep 2013


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