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- Paul Vallely, Senior Research Fellow
- Abdilahi Ali
- Samuel Annim
- Thankom Arun
- Md. Shafiul Azam
- Bob Baulch
- David Clark
- Arusha Cooray
- Peter Davis
- Michael Edwards
- Asad K. Ghalib
- Natalie Gupta
- Leonith Hinojosa
- Vegard Iversen
- Miguel Niño Zarazúa
- Vincent Pattison
- Maria Quattri
- José Luis Rocha
- Laurence Roope
- Stuart Rutherford
- Lucy Scott
- Susan Steiner
- Ganga Tilakaratna
- Matthias vom Hau
- Michael Woolcock
- Jing You
- Dr Abdilahi Ali
- Abdilahi Ali is a short-term consultant with the World Bank’s Trade Department. He is also involved in the ‘ReCom’ Research Project at UNU-WIDER and has previously conducted work for the Asia and Pacific Division of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Abdi holds an MSc in Development Economics (with distinction) and a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester (UK). His research interests are in the fields of development macroeconomics, international economics, public policy, food security and African economies.
- Dr Samuel Annim
- Samuel Annim is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
Samuel has resumed his engagement with the University of Cape Coast, Ghana but still retains a working relationship as Research Associate with the Institute of Global Finance and Development, at the Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire. At the University of Cape Coast, he teaches Research Methods and Microfinance. Samuel's research interest broadly focuses on household finance and health decision-making. Most of his research applies microeconometric techniques and targets South Asia and Africa countries. In the past year, he has investigated issues related to the correlates of child malnutrition, nutrition-wage hypothesis, access to finance and impact of microfinance in India and Ghana.
- Professor Thankom Arun
- Thankom Arun is Professor of Development Finance and Public Policy, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
His research interests are the industrial and financial sectors in the context of globalisation, the purposeful reorientation of development objectives, and the functions of institutions to enhance the competitiveness of the system as a whole. His current research projects include studies on: micro insurance in Sri Lanka; informal remittances and transfer mechanisms; corporate governance and development; and technological capabilities in India and Brazil.
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Dr Md. Shafiul Azam
- Md. Azam is a development microeconomist and microeconometricain. He has an MSc (economics) and a PhD (economics) from the University of Manchester. He served on the government of Bangladesh's Planning Commission for over eight years, and worked as a consultant for International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), UNDP and World Bank.
His research interests revolve around development economics, microeconometrics, economics of growth and household income dynamics, particularly relating to households' poverty and vulnerability to poverty, risks, uncertainty and the dynamics that lead households into and out of poverty. He also has a special interest in the economics of policy/programme evaluation and modelling farm households' welfare in the context of market failures. Other interests include the linkages between climate change, land use and food security and their impacts on the economic wellbeing and living standards of rural households.
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Dr Bob Baulch
- Bob Baulch is an agricultural/development economist based in southern Vietnam. He is currently Associate Professor of Economics at RMIT International University, Vietnam, and is also a Research Fellow at the Social Development Research Initiative. Bob convened the Poverty Dynamics and Economic Mobility theme for the Chronic Poverty Research Centre from 2006 to 2011.
Bob’s special interests include poverty dynamics, household surveys and food price analysis. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 1994, and has worked in Africa, South Asia, and the Asia-Pacific region. Bob has published three books, 15 refereed journal articles, 10 book chapters, plus numerous reports and working papers. His most recent book is Why Poverty Persists: Poverty Dynamics in Asia and Africa (2011, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing).
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Dr David Clark
- David Clark is Visiting Scholar in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge.
He has held posts at the Von Hügel Institute (University of Cambridge), and the Global Poverty Research Group (Universities of Manchester and Oxford). He is the book review editor for the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and is a Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association.
David's research focuses on poverty, inequality and wellbeing from a capability and human development perspective. Specific interests include: concepts and perceptions of wellbeing; conceptualisation and measurement of poverty; adaptation and development; livelihoods and chronic poverty; Amartya Sen’s development thinking; inter-disciplinarity and methodology; and philosophical issues in economics and development. His books include Visions of Development: A Study of Human Values (2002), The Elgar Companion to Development Studies (2006; 2007) and Adaptation, Poverty and Development: The Dynamics of Subjective Well-Being (Palgrave Macmillan, in press, April 2012).
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- Dr Arusha Cooray
Arusha Cooray is an applied macroeconomist at the School of Economics, University of Wollongong, and research associate at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Australian National University. She received her PhD from the University of New South Wales.
Her research interests include development macroeconomics, open economy macroeconomics and macro finance. Her work has primarily been on the developing economies, with a special focus on South Asia.
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- Dr Peter Davis
Peter Davis is coordinator of the Social Development Research Initiative, based in Bath, UK. He has worked in the development sector in South Asia, particularly Bangladesh, since 1987.
He initially trained as an agricultural scientist, but also has a PhD in Development Sociology from the University of Bath, where he was a lecturer for ten years. He specialises in mixed methods approaches to poverty research, and now dedicates himself to social development research and training with SDRI and other organisations. He has recently worked on projects with the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the World Bank, and the UK Department for International Development. He has conducted research training in the UK, Bangladesh, Senegal and Vietnam.Email Peter Davis.
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- Michael Edwards
- Michael Edwards is an independent writer and activist based in upstate New York, affiliated with the New York think-tank, Demos. From 1999 to 2008 he was the Director of the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Program in New York. Previously he worked for the World Bank, Oxfam-GB, Save the Children-UK and other NGOs in Washington DC, London, Colombia, Zambia, Malawi and India.
His writings explore the global role of philanthropy and civil society, and aim to break down barriers between researchers and activists. His books include Small Change: Why Business Won't Save the World (2010, McGraw-Hill), and Civil Society (2004, Polity Press).
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- Dr Asad K. Ghalib
Asad Ghalib has been associated with a number of organisations in the development, research, not-for-profit, financial and banking services industry, including Grameen Bank, UNDP’s International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, Brazil, UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research, and the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), Central European University. Asad earned a Doctorate in Development Policy and Management, and an MSc in Management and Information Systems: Change and Development, from The University of Manchester.
Asad has written on corporate social responsibility, social business enterprises, access to financial services, micro-leasing and poverty alleviation, knowledge management for development, and social and economic assessment of microfinance programmes. His expertise lies in models and techniques related to household index-based poverty ranking, and gauging the socio-economic impact of microfinance and allied social protection models.Email Asad K. Ghalib.
- Dr Natalie Gupta
Natalie Gupta is currently working as an independent research consultant focusing on the transport sector, particularly maritime (port operations). She is interested in working and conducting research on all aspects of the port and maritime industry, particularly port financing and port economics, technological change, and the socio-economic impact of port development in developing countries.
Natalie holds a PhD from the University of Manchester. Her thesis focused on the impact of technological change on income distribution outcomes in Indian industry. She is also currently pursuing an MSc in Finance and Financial Law from the University of London.
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Dr Leonith Hinojosa
Leonith Hinojosa is researcher at The Open University (UK). Economist by training (UNSAAC, Peru and Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), she completed her PhD at the School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, UK.
Her research interests and publications include topics on regional development, the spatial distribution of growth and poverty, social policies, extractive industries, and sustainable impact assessment of international trade. Leonith is currently studying the political ecology of water and mining in the Andes.
Dr Vegard Iversen
Vegard Iversen is a microeconomist. He is a Visiting Faculty at the Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit (Economics Department), New Delhi. Before a brief stint as Research Fellow in the International Food Policy Research Institute’s New Delhi office, he spent six years as a member of Faculty and co-Director of the MA in Development Economics at School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, UK. He previously held research positions at the Agricultural University of Norway and was a Junior Programme Officer in UNDP’s New Delhi office.
His research interests are: labour markets; networks; identity and discrimination; gender, children and intrahoushold allocation; research methods; experimental economics (sceptic); impact evaluation.
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Dr Miguel Niño Zarazúa
- Miguel Niño Zarazúa is Research Associate at the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER), Helsinki, Finland. His research interests include aid effectiveness; social protection and social sector development; poverty, inequality and vulnerability analysis; microfinance, and applied econometrics with specific focus on impact evaluation methods. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sheffield.
He has been research fellow at BWPI and the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, investigating the long-term effects of social transfer programmes in developing countries, and participated in projects funded by the World Bank, ILO, UNICEF, UK Department for International Development (DFID) and government agencies and NGOs in Latin America, Africa and Asia. He has served as economic advisor to the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and Extreme poverty, and Mexico’s Senate Committee on Institutional Reforms for Economic Development.
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Dr Vincent Pattison
Vincent Pattison is a policy and research analyst at Ingeus, an international private welfare-to-work provider, which delivers personalised employment support to long-term unemployed people in order to move them into sustainable employment. He has a PhD (2009) from the University of Manchester where he also held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brooks World Poverty Institute (2008-2010). Trained as a geographer at the University of Manchester (2000-2009), he has published on the structural causes, consequences and experiences of poverty and exclusion in the UK.
He is currently working with think tanks, politicians and academics to conduct evidence-based research which has both political and practical relevance across a variety of social policy spaces. He is leading on policy and research activities around skills, training and education and employability, sustainability and progression dynamics in the labour market.Email Vincent Pattison.
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Dr Maria Quattri
Maria Quattri is an applied development economist. She is engaged in research projects conducted by the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University, the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank and the United Nations University – World Institute for Development Economics Research.
Maria’s research interests range over agricultural markets, trade and institutions, renewable energy, sanitation and stunting, neglected tropical diseases, foreign aid and public expenditure allocation. She has conducted empirical investigation on the labour market and technical and vocational education and training in Ethiopia. Maria’s research primarily relies on quantitative methods and data analysis, mainly applied to countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific.
- José Luis Rocha
- José Luis Rocha Gómez is Senior Researcher at the Central American University (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua.
His work focuses on issues relating to youth gangs, local government, disaster prevention and management, the coffee industry, poverty, and migration. He is a member of the editorial committees of the academic journals Envío and Encuentro, and Research Coordinator of the Central American Jesuit Service for Migrants. Recent publications include the book Expulsados de la globalización (Managua: IHNCA, 2011), and the book chapter 'Street gangs of Nicaragua', in T. Bruneau, L. Dammert, and E. Skinner (eds.), Maras: Gang Violence and Security in Central America.
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- Dr Laurence Roope
- Laurence is an economist at the Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford.
His research interests lie in the areas of income distribution and welfare economics. Much of his research concerns theoretical and empirical issues pertaining to the measurement of poverty and inequality. Recently he has become engaged in research associated with Sen's capabilities approach to welfare economics. He has worked as a consultant for the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and extensively as an econometrician in the private sector.
He holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Durham, an MSc in Econometrics and a PhD in Economics, both from the University of Manchester.
Stuart Rutherford is an independent researcher, writer, teacher and practitioner of microfinance. His best-known books are The Poor and Their Money, and Portfolios of the Poor (co-authored).
He trained as an architect and shifted to an interest in how the poor manage their money after working for the international NGO ActionAid in Africa and Bangladesh. In Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1996 he founded the microfinance organisation SafeSave. In early 2011 he was awarded an OBE for services to international microfinance.
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Dr Lucy Scott
- Lucy Scott is a Research Associate with UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland, where she is working on the research programme, 'Research and Communication on Foreign Aid'. The programme aims to reveal what works in development aid and to communicate this to the wider public. Previously she worked as a Research Officer with the Chronic Poverty Research Centre. Her interests include approaches to reduce extreme poverty, how poverty reduction can be incorporated into climate change responses, monitoring and evaluation, social protection and asset transfers.
Lucy's PhD, with the Brooks World Poverty Institute, examined the processes resulting from the implementation of a large-scale asset transfer programme in north-west Bangladesh.Email Lucy Scott.
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Dr Susan Steiner
- Susan Steiner is a researcher at the Department for Development and Security at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, Germany. She previously did research at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies in Hamburg (2002-2010) and the University of Manchester (2007-2010). She got her PhD from the University of Leipzig in 2007.
Susan has worked extensively on poverty and microfinance, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her PhD thesis was on the impact of decentralisation on poverty in Uganda. Currently, she coordinates a research project on household behaviour and wellbeing in Kyrgyzstan.
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Dr Ganga Tilakaratna
Ganga Tilakaratna is a Research Economist and the Head of Poverty and Social Welfare Policy Unit of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). Since joining the IPS in 2001, her key research interests have been in the areas of microfinance and poverty, where she has carried out a number of projects and national-level surveys funded by various multilateral and bilateral organisations. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Manchester (UK), an M.Phil in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester.
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Paul Vallely is a writer and consultant on international development, religion and ethics. He works with organisations whose values he shares to help focus and sharpen their vision and communicate it to the wider world. He has worked in newspapers, broadcasting, with aid agencies, government and church organisations for more than two decades.
He is Visiting Professor in Public Ethics and Media at the University of Chester, and author of Pope Francis - Untying the Knots (2013). He has a fortnightly column in the Independent on Sunday and writes for other national newspapers. He is a director of The Tablet and a columnist for the Church Times.
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Dr Matthias vom Hau
- Matthias vom Hau is an assistant professor in comparative politics at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). He has a PhD (2007) from Brown University and previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Manchester.
A political sociologist by training, he has published on nationalism and state formation (in Theory and Society and Latin American Research Review), on ethnic politics and citizenship (in Journal of Development Studies), and on the historical roots of social and economic development in Latin America (in American Journal of Sociology). He is currently completing a book manuscript, tentatively titled ‘Contested Inclusion: Transformations of Nationalism in Mexico, Argentina and Peru’. His next project will explore the role of indigenous movements in the politics of development.
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Dr Michael Woolcock
- Michael Woolcock is a Lead Social Development Specialist with the World Bank’s Development Research Group. From 2006-2009 he was the founding Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute, and Professor of Social Science and Development Policy, at The University of Manchester. His research focuses on the role of social and political institutions in shaping the survival and mobility strategies of the poor. He is co-founder of the World Bank's ‘Justice for the Poor' programme, and contributed to both the 2000-01 and 2006 World Development Reports. Prior to joining the Bank in 1998 he taught at Brown University and the University of Queensland (Australia).
He has undergraduate degrees from the University of Queensland, a graduate diploma in teaching from Queensland University of Technology, and an MA and PhD in sociology from Brown University. His most recent book (joint with Patrick Barron and Rachael Diprose) is Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia (Yale University Press, 2011).
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Dr Jing You
Dr Jing You is a lecturer in the School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the Renmin University of China. Her research lies mainly in the fields of development economics and applied microeconometrics, including poverty, vulnerability and inequality analysis, risk and uncertainties in poverty dynamics of households, social protection, rural-to-urban migration in China, household panel data analysis, and policy/programme evaluation. She also publishes articles relating to public economics and environmental and energy economics with specific focus on China.
Jing received her PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester in 2011 and MSc* in Economics (with merit) from the University of Edinburgh in 2007. She was also a Doctoral Student Associate at BWPI from 2007 to 2011. Her doctoral studies in that period were supported by the Burnell-NAFUM PhD Scholarship in Poverty and the Environment which was awarded jointly by BWPI and the North American Foundation for the University of Manchester.
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