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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

KTP with Oxford Policy Management Limited (2)

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

Innovate UK

6/03/145/03/16

Project: Central government, health and local authorities

KTP with Oxford Policy Management Ltd

Copestake, J. & Johnson, S.

Innovate UK

1/09/1031/08/12

Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output

Local currency adoption and use: insights from a realist evaluation of the Bristol Pound

Johnson, S. & Harvey-Wilson, H., Apr 2018, Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath, (Bath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing; no. 56).

Research output: Working paper

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

Johnson, S. & Krijtenburg, F., 31 Dec 2018, In : The Journal of Modern African Studies. 56, 4, p. 569-594 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    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

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  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    158 Downloads (Pure)
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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
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    Thesis

    An institutional analysis of savings group development using evidence from Kenya

    Author: Malkamaki, M., 21 Mar 2016

    Supervisor: Johnson, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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    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

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    The impact of institutional reforms on poverty and inequality in Tanzania

    Author: Sansa, G., 1 Jul 2010

    Supervisor: Standing, G. (Supervisor), Johnson, S. (Supervisor) & Dinerstein, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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    “Financial inclusion does not come easily”: An institutional analysis of the development of the microfinance markets

    Author: Goodwin-Groen, R., 12 Dec 2012

    Supervisor: Johnson, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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