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Research interests

My main research interest is in investigating the means through which social and cultural factors influence the economy and in particular how these factors influence the operation of markets in developing countries. I therefore investigate at the boundary of economics and other social sciences, in particular drawing on economic anthropology and economic sociology to investigate the social and cultural dimensions of market transactions and market development. My research can also be characterised as empirically driven and methodologically inductive in seeking to understand this boundary through the study of actually existing markets and the processes through which they are instantiated.

Having started my career as a development practitioner, my priority is research that engages theory with policy and practice. The core focus of my work to date has been on microfinance and the wider financial markets it operates within. I have therefore been engaged with a number of research and action research projects relating to the microfinance sector. More recently through my engagement with the Wellbeing in Developing Countries research programme (WeD) I have considered how markets relate to this wider goal.

Research interests

  • Poverty, inequality, wellbeing and sustainable livelihoods
  • Markets - social and cultural dynamics and the role of institutions
  • Microfinance and microenterprise
  • Gender analysis of development interventions
  • Regional focus: Africa – particularly Eastern Africa
  • Development management with a particular focus on monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment
  • Research methods: use of mixed methods, participatory and qualititative methods

Research summary

Coastal Rural Support Programme, Tanzania (photo courtesy of Susan Johnson)

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Projects 2010 2016

KTP with Oxford Policy Management Limited (2)

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


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

KTP with Oxford Policy Management Ltd

Copestake, J. & Johnson, S.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 1997 2018

‘Upliftment’, friends and finance: Everyday exchange repertories and mobile money transfer in Kenya

Johnson, S. & Krijtenburg, F. 11 Jun 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : The Journal of Modern African Studies. 56, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

financial system
4 Citations

Microfinance and gender: issues, challenges and the road ahead

Garikipati, S., Johnson, S., Guérin, I. & Szafarz, A. 2017 In : The Journal of Development Studies. 53, 5, p. 641-648 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
gender issue
Open Access
qualitative research
policy making
2 Citations
Open Access
Financial management
Life cycle
3 Citations
Open Access
transfer of money