Centre for Development Studies


CDS Researchers

Our researchers include anthropologists, economists, geographers, political scientists and theorists, and sociologists.

Prof James Copestake

Director of Centre for Development Studies, Professor of International Development (DSPS) Director of Postgraduate Teaching

James Copestake’s research interests include rural development and agrarian change; development finance, microfinance and aid management; definition and measurement of well-being and poverty; and the global political economy of development.

Dr Fariba Alamgir

Research Associate (DSPS)

Fariba Alamgir’s main research interest is in investigating dynamics of property rights, identity, resource governance and state formation. Her current project addresses questions of conflict, displacement and citizenship by focusing on the experience of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Frances Amery

Fran Amery’s research interests lie in gender equality and feminist politics, especially where these intersect with policy processes in the United Kingdom. She has a particular interest in reproductive rights and reproductive justice. Current research focuses on ongoing campaigns around abortion in the UK, in particular around decriminalisation, and intersectional organising in reproductive rights activism.

Dr Michael Bloomfield

Lecturer in International Development (DSPS)

Michael Bloomfield is a political economist whose research focuses on global environmental politics with a particular interest in the role of business and civil society actors in the regulation of global commodity chains.

CDS research theme: Markets, Microfinance and Inclusion

Louise Brown

Louise Brown is a qualified social worker and academic whose research focuses upon the transfer of innovative practice-based interventions from one country to another. She has a specific interest in the role of evidence, managing risk and the cultural adaptation of models as they move between countries. She uses the diffusion of innovation theory to understand her work.

Melanie Channon

Melanie is a demographer and social statistician. Her main research interests include sexual and reproductive health, son preference, fertility transition, violence against women, and gender statistics. She has expertise in the demography of both Asia and Africa, with a particular focus on Nepal and South Asia.

Dr Aurélie Charles

Lecturer in Global Political Economy (DSPS)

Aurelie Charles’ research interests are related to income distribution and inequality, identity wellbeing, social norms and beliefs, stratification economics and cointegration analysis.

CDS research theme: Markets, Microfinance and Inclusion

Dr Bryan Clift

Lecturer, Department for Health

Bryan Clift’s research focuses on the social and cultural study of sport, physical activity, and the body. Following a cultural studies tendency to work across disciplines rather than within a singular discipline, his research focuses on: sport, physical activity, and urban inequalities; urban governance; the ways in which sport is mobilised to address contemporary social problems; and qualitative research methodologies. The sites of his work include: Baltimore, MD, USA; Bristol, UK; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

CDS research theme: Wellbeing and Human Development

Dr Séverine Deneulin

Senior Lecturer in International Development (DSPS); Director of Studies, MSc in Wellbeing in Public Policy and International Development

Séverine Deneulin's research in ethics and development policy focuses on the ethical framework of the capability approach, Latin America, and the role of religion in international development and social justice. She has published books and numerous articles on the subject, among others, Wellbeing, Justice and Development Ethics (Routledge, 2014), and Religion in Development: Rewriting the Secular Script (Zed, 2009). She currently researches, in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Programme on Human Development and Social Inclusion at the Catholic University of Argentina, on how the capability approach can inform urban inequality reduction policies. She also works on the interaction between the capability approach and religion and engages on the topic with various faith groups. She is the Secretary of the Human Development and Capability Association

CDS research theme: Wellbeing and Human Development

Dr Joe Devine

Senior Lecturer in International Development (DSPS); Director of Studies, MRes programmes

Joe Devine’s main research interests lie in well-being, poverty and inequality. Country Coordinator (Bangladesh) for the ESRC research group on Wellbeing in Development Countries (WeD) from 2002-7, his subsequent research has focused on the everyday politics of civil society organisations, as well as on faith and religion, and governance and the dynamics of policy processes.

CDS research themes: Wellbeing and Human Development; Insecurity and Conflict

Dr Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

Senior Lecturer in Sociology (DSPS); Chair of Research Ethics

Ana Cecilia Dinerstein’s main research interests lie in globalisation, social protest and mobilisation, non-governmental public action, labour, rural and indigenous movements and the state; collective autonomy; the politics and policy; Argentina and Latin America; social theory; Marxist theory (Open Marxism); post-colonial and decolonial theory; social philosophy and contemporary forms of utopia.

CDS research theme: Insecurity and Conflict

Dr Luisa Enria

Lecturer in International Development (DSPS)

Luisa’s research takes an anthropological approach to exploring the political dimensions of development and humanitarian emergencies. She has won an ESRC Future Leaders grant to study young people’s responses to the militarisation of the Ebola response in Sierra Leone.  

CDS research themes: Insecurity and Conflict; Gender, Childhood and Youth

Eleonora Fichera

Eleonora Fichera’s research focuses on the socioeconomic determinants of health and on how individuals and institutions interact with each other. Her recent work studies the effect of information and taxes on health behaviours, health and housing, the effect of early life interventions on later life health, the relation between physical health, poverty and mental health. Eleonora has obtained grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC), MRC jointly with DFiD and ESRC, the National Institute for Health Research, and the Royal Economic Society. Current grant-funded work examines the health impact of health financing systems in sub-Saharan Africa, and the effect of a psycho-social parenting intervention on youth violence in Panama.

Alinka Gearon

Alinka Gearon’s research interests lie in exploring children's worlds, child protection and children's rights. Her recent research into Child Trafficking explored children's journeys and experiences of separation, migration and child abuse. The research facilitated understanding in how children and young people experience child protection systems. She has a keen interest in developing participation of young people in research, public engagement and child protection practice.

Dr Jason Hart

Senior Lecturer in International Development (DSPS); Director of Studies, Postgraduate Research

Jason Hart’s work integrates perspectives from anthropology and political economy to explore the experience of young people on the margins of society and the global economy. He is particularly interested in children living in situations of political violence and forced displacement. Geographically his main area of interest is the Middle East, particularly Israel/ occupied Palestinian territories and Jordan.

CDS research themes: Gender, Childhood and Youth; Insecurity and Conflict

Neil Howard

Neil Howard's research looks at the various forms of labour targetted for elimination by SDG 8 (so-called 'modern slavery', human trafficking, child labour etc.) and at the politics and practice of protection and prevention. He has worked for some years in Benin and Nigeria and for the coming years will be working in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. He founded and edits the Beyond Trafficking and Slavery platform at OpenDemocracy’.

Dr Rana Jawad

Lecturer in Social Policy (DSPS); Admission Tutor, Sociology and Social Policy; Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Network in Social Policy

Rana Jawad's main research interests are in the social welfare systems of the region of the Middle East, and the role of religious actors and institutions in this. She has particular interest in social security, social care and poverty among female-headed households. She is engaged in a variety of research and consultancy projects in these areas and her recently created Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Network in Social Policy initiative seeks to promote the role of research in social policy-making in the MENA region.

CDS research themes: Wellbeing and Human Development; Insecurity and Conflict; Gender, Childhood and Youth

Dr Susan Johnson

Senior Lecturer in International Development (DSPS)

Susan Johnson's 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. Her priority is research that engages theory with policy and practice, and her main focus has been on microfinance and the wider financial markets it operates within.

Dr Katharina Lenner

University Prize Fellow(DSPS)

Katharina Lenner’s main research interests are in the politics of development, poverty alleviation and social policy, as well as the governance of forced migration, specifically as it relates to Syrian refugees. Her research seeks to understand the complexities of policy-shaping processes that involve a variety of agencies in highly unequal positions, including (supposed) target groups. Geographically, her main area of interest is the Middle East, particularly Jordan and Lebanon.

CDS research themes: Wellbeing and Human Development; Insecurity and Conflict

Dr Roy Maconachie

Lecturer in International Development (DSPS); Director of Studies, MSc International Development and MRes in International Development.

Roy Maconachie conducts field-based, empirical research in Sub-Saharan Africa that explores the social, political and economic aspects of food production and natural resource management, and their relationships to wider societal change. He is particularly interested in the politics around natural resource management and conflict in West Africa.

CDS research themes: Gender, Childhood and Youth; Insecurity and Conflict

Dr Peter Manning

Lecturer in Sociology with a focus on human rights.

Peter Manning is a sociologist interested in human rights, transitional justice and memory. Peter has worked principally on the Cambodian case around issues of reconciliation and memory in the context of the Khmer Rouge Trials. Peter is working on new projects that include an exploration of religious conversion among perpetrators of atrocity, life trajectories of conflict protagonists after war, and the principle of political regret underpinning public commissions of inquiry.

CDS research themes: Wellbeing and Human Development; Insecurity and Conflict 

Britta Matthes

Britta Matthes recently completed her PhD in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. Her doctoral research was on the 'state' category and state transformation and focused on the first and only pluri-national state in the world, Bolivia. She studied demands for 'autonomy' from different sectors of society and their 'translation' into the novel pluri-national scenario including a new state-organised autonomy regime. In addition to the 'state' and autonomy, her fields of interest include critical theory and decolonial thought as well as social policy and decentralisation reforms with a geographical focus on Latin America. In addition, Britta is involved in research projects on public healthcare provision in the UK, looking at the roles of pharmaceutical companies and patient organisations. She is developing plans for future research into healthcare in Latin America.

Dr Darragh McGee

Lecturer, Department for Health

Darragh McGee’s primary research interests coalesce around the politics of youth livelihoods, gender and development in the Global South. Drawing from anthropology and political economy, and employing ethnographic, field-based approaches to research, my recent doctoral work explored the politics and meaning of football in postcolonial West Africa, with a particular focus on how sport affords a unique angle of vision onto issues of youth poverty, labor migration and human trafficking. 

Dr Lizzi O. Milligan

Lecturer in International Education focusing on Educational Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Lizzi Milligan’s research concerns issues of educational quality and inequalities and the ways that national policies contribute to these. She draws on theories of social justice and rights. Recent projects have focused on language of instruction, educational resources and local actors’ conceptualisation of educational quality in Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa.

CDS research themes: Wellbeing and Human Development; Gender, Childhood and Youth

Dr Brad Millington

Lecturer, Department for Health

Brad Millington’s research involves the socio-cultural study of sport, physical activity, fitness, and health. His more specific research interests include: the relationship between sport and the environment (focusing especially on golf course development); the role of interactive technologies in health and fitness promotion; and the use of bicycles in ‘sport for development’ initiatives.  

CDS research themes: Wellbeing and Human Development

Dr Ajit Mishra

Senior Lecturer in Economics and International Development (Department of Economics)

Ajit Mishra’s research interests cover a wide range of topics in the broad areas of development economics. These include the economics of corruption, the economics of the informal sector, measurement of vulnerability and the design of delivery mechanisms.

CDS research theme: Markets, Microfinance and Inclusion

Dr Rushil Ranchod

Teaching Fellow in International Development

Rushil Ranchod's interests lie at the intersection of politics, policy and communications in international development. His  research and publications have followed two streams: the first focuses on the role of  communication in understanding processes of economic, political and cultural change in consolidating democracies; and the second on the nature of the research-policy nexus in (Southern) Africa.

CDS research theme: Markets, Microfinance and Inclusion; Wellbeing and Human Development

Dr Scott Thomas

Senior Lecturer in International Relations and the Politics of Developing Countries (Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies)

Scott Thomas’ research centres on how the global resurgence of culture and religion have transformed international relations. It challenges the existing constructions of culture, religion and identity, and examines the impact of culture and religion on key areas in international relations - conflict, cooperation, diplomacy, peace-making, inter-religious dialogue, and economic development.

CDS research themes: Wellbeing and Human Development; Insecurity and Conflict

Harry Rutter

Harry Rutter's research is focused on effective mechanisms for improving the research, policy and practice responses to complex system problems in public health, with a particular focus on prevention of non-communicable diseases. He is an expert adviser to Public Health England and to WHO, at both European and global levels.

Bethany Shockley

Bethany Shockley’s research interests lie at the nexus of political science and policy. She is particularly interested in puzzles that examine the relationship between economics and identity politics, including gender and ethnicity. She has also written on research methods and survey experiments. Her research experience spans both Latin America and the Arab Gulf.

Jennifer Thomson

Jennifer Thomson’s research interests include women’s rights in post-conflict contexts (particularly deeply divided societies), and sexual and reproductive health and rights in national and international policy. She is currently working on a project on the role of feminism in foreign policy.

Dr Oliver Walton

Lecturer in International Development (DSPS)

Oliver Walton's research focuses on the ways in which NGOs and civil society organisations generate and maintain legitimacy, and on the political implications of NGOs' engagement in peacebuilding. He has also conducted research on liberal peacebuilding, third-party mediation, and conflict prevention, with a focus on South Asia (especially Sri Lanka).
CDS research theme: Insecurity and Conflict

Prof Sarah White

Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Development (DSPS)

Sarah White specialises in social and cultural dimensions of development. She is currently heading the Wellbeing and Poverty Pathways research project in India and Zambia. She has previously worked on gender, child rights, and religion, mainly in South Asia, especially Bangladesh.

CDS research themes: Wellbeing and Human Development; Gender, Childhood and Youth

Prof Geof Wood

Emeritus Professor (DSPS)

Geof Wood is a sociologist, specialising in international development, with a regional focus on South Asia and a track record of strong interdisciplinary work throughout his 40 plus years career. His overall research interests are: social development; agrarian change in South Asia; irrigation and water management; urban livelihoods; social policy in development contexts; and wellbeing and socio-economic security.

CDS research themes: Wellbeing and Human Development; Markets, Microfinance and Inclusion; Insecurity and Conflict 

Visiting Fellows and Affiliates

Dr Zulfiqar Ali - Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies

Dr Jean Boulton - Founder, Claremont Management Consultants Ltd, UK

Dr Mateo Garcia Cabello - Independent Consultant in the area of PEA/TWC

Dr Tigist Grieve

Prof John Hailey - Professor, Cass Business School, UK

Dr Gianluca Iazzolino

Dr Mathilde Maitrot

Dr Simon Milligan - Independent Consultant on Monitoring, Performance Analysis and Evaluation

Dr Sunčica Vujić - Associate Professor of Econometrics at the University of Antwerp

Dr. Max Nino-Zarazua - Independent Consultant on Financial Inclusion 

PhD Students

Kuat B. Akizhanov

Kuat's research is about understanding the impact of financialization on income inequality in the context of neoliberalism for the last thirty years in countries as different as Argentina, Sweden, South Korea and the USA. The hypothesis is that financialization of the economy in a particular country with pronounced neoliberal practices and policies lead to uneven accumulation of the capital toward the upper classes and, consequently, to income disparity. The experiences of the financialization-inequality nexus for four countries from 1980 to 2010 is analysed and compared using qualitative method. The research is intended to explore how the political economy of a particular state allows penetration of financialization to take place and whether and how domestic policies mitigate the increase of income inequality in the neoliberal financialization context. The study employs the synergy effect of the three heterodox schools (neo-institutionalism, neo-Marxism, post-Keynesianism) and challenges neoclassical view of finance capitalism effect on income inequality..

CDS Research themes: Wellbeing and Human Development

Pamela Bernales Baksai

Pamela´s doctoral research works on the relationship between social protection policy architectures developed in different Latin American welfare regimes and the middle-class´ meanings and practices for social protection. Specifically, by adopting a Critical Realist approach, it seeks to generate explanations on (i) the generative mechanisms in the social protection policy architectures in each type of welfare regime, (ii) the conditioning of such mechanisms on the middle-class households ́ meanings and practices and the way in which they deal with the public (state), the private (market) and informal (family) tactics for social protection, and (iii) the implications that these meanings and practices might bring for the reproduction or transformation of the current social protection policy architectures. The methodological design proposed is a cross-national comparative case analysis, which comprises the analysis of policy architectures of healthcare and old-age pensions and the qualitative study of middle-class households ́ meanings and practices for  social protection in three countries, namely Chile, Uruguay and Ecuador.

CDS Research themes: Wellbeing and Human Development

Frances Mary Johnson

Frances' doctoral research works with unaccompanied asylum-seeker adolescents in the UK. Focussing on "narratives of belonging", it takes an ethnographic approach looking at the lived-experiences of those granted temporary leave to remain in the UK by virtue of their minority. It seeks to deconstruct the narratives that underpin the prevalent discourses around forced-migration and unaccompanied children and aims to give voice to the counter-narratives of such discourses provided by children themselves. Gender, Childhood and Youth

Colonel Andrew Johnstone

Andrew Johnstone is a retired British Army officer who, having served in Sierra Leone, Darfur, Djibouti and Afghanistan, undertook a Masters degree in International Development at the University of Bath.  His operational experience together with his Masters studies have led to his PhD research focus on UK policy for building stability overseas; his specific area of interest is the development and execution of policy under the Coalition Government (2010-2015). CDS research Themes: Insecurity and Conflict. 

Goni Lee

Goni’s doctoral research explores how specific policy knowledge to enhance state capacities is transferred through a government-led development cooperation programme. It examines South Korea’s Knowledge Sharing Programme (KSP) for Algeria from 2006 to 2015, by focusing on the possibility of the KSP as an alternative and distinctive cooperation programme and as a new form of bilateral voluntary policy transfer. Goni’s research interests include state capacities derived from state-led developmentalism, developmental states, alternative development cooperation, voluntary policy transfer, and development in the Middle East and North Africa.

Saori Murakami

Saori’s doctoral research explores the impact of market-based development projects in rural India with the theoretical framework of the capability approach. It focuses on how the female participants’ individual and collective capabilities change through the development interventions. In addition, the opportunities of reciprocal recognition and the role of inter-subjective relationships in the development projects are to be examined as a possible path for the women to acquire agency.

CDS Researh theme: Markets, Microfinance and Social Inclusion

Silvia Storchi

Silvia's doctoral research explores the concept of financial capability and poor people's perspective on money management and use of financial services in Kenya. Her research invetigates the meanings, values and relationships that are associated with different financial strategies and instruments. Her other research interests include microfinance and savings group approaches, women's empowerment and wellbeing, the capability approach and theories of wellbeing and human development.
CDS research theme: Markets, Microfinance and Social Inclusion; Wellbeing and Human Development

Hannah West

Hannah’s research explores the discourses surrounding the involvement of women in British counterinsurgency and how this is differently understood by the military and development sector. The study takes a historical perspective, exploring the women’s outreach programmes of the Malaya campaign; women’s organisations and the employment of women on special duties in Northern Ireland and the policy of ‘female engagement’ in Afghanistan. This study considers the gendered narratives of counterinsurgency and their relationship with military masculinities.  By tracing the genealogy of the discourses about women in counterinsurgency over time, this study explores whether, in the post Afghanistan-era, the opportunity to integrate gender into new conceptions of counterinsurgency will be marginalised and subordinated by tokenistic policy.
CDS Research Themes: Insecurity and Conflict. Insecurity and Conflict

Recently Completed PhDs

Dr. Asha Abeyasekera-Van Dort

Asha Abeyasekera’s doctoral research explored how marriage norms, family structures, and kinship relations amongst the middle-class in Sri Lanka are being transformed by social change in order to find out in what ways modernity is reconfiguring how people conduct their intimate relationships and is shaping women’s sense of self. She is specifically interested in exploring women’s narratives of agency and how, despite the younger generations’ claims of having more “freedom”, their choices in marriage continue to be structured by social norms and class and caste concerns.
CDS research theme: Gender, Childhood and Youth

Dr. Gabrielle Davies

Gabby's PhD research focused on the ways that landmines and explosive remnants of war affect the wellbeing of mine contaminated communities in Cambodia. She was particularly interested in multi-dimensional perspectives of wellbeing, socioecological relationships and the use of participatory and visual research methods.
CDS research themes: Insecurity and Conflict; Wellbeing and Human Development

Daniela Bressa Florentin

Daniela’s doctoral research explores the dynamic of social-political transformation in Latin America by analysing in particular the complexities of the Ecuadorian political process. It focuses on the understanding of the production of counter-hegemonic actions in the context of the relationship between social movements and the state. The empirical focus is placed on Buen Vivir (the good life), analysing in particular three key dimensions: the socio-political meanings underpinning the concept; the competing and contradictory narratives within the dominant discourse; and the tension between Buen Vivir as a grassroots, indigenous discourse, on the one hand, and its adoption as state discourse and policy in Ecuador, on the other.

Dr. Julie Humberstone

Julie's research interests included microfinance; development and aid management; and the definition, measurement, and management of organisational performance in a development context.
CDS research theme: Markets, Microfinance and Social Inclusion

Dr. Sung Hee Lee

Sung Hee's research aimed to integrate gender perspectives into the policy making process. Themes included work-life balance and caring for dependent people within a family. She was particularly interested in gender politics, how to bring gender issues into politics and how to investigate these competing discourses in political debates.
CDS research themes: Gender, Childhood and Youth; Insecurity and Conflict

David Jackman

David's research focuses on the concepts of access and intermediation in the context of those living at the margins of Dhaka City, Bangladesh. It examines ethnographically how people living with very basic shelter or none at all rely on others to survive. It explores the significance of these relationships and how people negotiate them.

Dr. Markku Malkamäki

Markku’s research interests included institutional analysis of financial sector development, financial inclusion and the way different underlying social institutions, cultural, economic and political contexts affect the ways in which financial inclusion takes place in Kenya. Markku’s doctoral research examined how savings group (SG) approaches are being adopted and used in practice. His thesis sought to understand and explain their functionality by employing recent approaches to the analysis of institutional change.
CDS research theme: Markets, Microfinance and Social Inclusion

Dr Luke Martinelli

Luke's doctoral research focuses on the implications of global trade and investment rules for industrial capability development, in the context of the WTO's Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures. He is particularly interested in processes of 'cumulative causation' that arise from liberalisation and the ways that national and regional policy and institutional configurations can attenuate such processes.
CDS research theme: Markets, Microfinance and Social Inclusion

Britta Katharina Matthes

In her PhD research, Britta works on the 'state' category, its theorization and conceptualization and seeks to unpack (the transformation towards) the first and only pluri-national state in the world, Bolivia. Empirically, she focuses on demands for autonomy from different sectors of society and their 'translation' into the novel pluri-national scenario characterized by a novel state-organised autonomy regime. Her research will hopefully contribute to re-thinking state transformation, continuities and changes. In addition to the 'state' and autonomy, her fields of interest include critical theory and decolonial thought, social mobilisation and resistance, decentralisation, Latin America. 

Dr. Roger Merino Acuña

Roger's doctoral research focused on the conflict between indigenous land rights and the expansion of the extractive industry in Latin America. He explored the divergence between different views of development, and how these views generate social conflicts. He was particularly interested in the tensions and dynamics between politics and policies; law and development; local economies and global political economy; and the emancipatory potential of indigenous social protest and social mobilisation.
CDS research themes: Insecurity and Conflict; Wellbeing and Human Development

Viviana Ramirez

Viviana is an economist specialising in wellbeing and human development. Her research focuses on Wellbeing, Development, and Relationships. She is particularly interested in issues of measurement and conceptualisation of wellbeing, as well as the role of relationality and culture in the definition and evaluation of individual wellbeing.
CDS research theme: Wellbeing and Human Development

Kate Pincock

Kate is interested in how international development organisations work with girls and young women on issues relating to their sexuality. Working from a critical feminist perspective and using an ethnographic approach, Kate's doctoral research in Tanzania explores teenage girls’ subjective experiences of empowerment, vulnerability and agency in the context of development interventions around education and sexual health.

Dr. Ben Tantua

Dr. Jason Tucker

Jason is a political scientist who is interested in studying 'statelessness'. His PhD looked at the relationship between global citizenship and those addressing statelessness in the context of Lebanon.
CDS research theme: Insecurity and Conflict

Oscar Garza Vazquez

Oscar is an economist by training, and his doctoral research focuses on issues of development and theories of justice. According to his research, development policies cannot be detached from discussions about justice. Towards this, he is currently developing a framework of justice which should be able to counteract the legitimisation of social policies based on solely economic principles. His other research interests include subjective wellbeing, wellbeing and human development, capabilities approach, theories of justice, ideal and non-ideal justice, and institutional economics.
CDS research theme: Wellbeing and Human Development

Ricardo Velazquez Leyer

Ricardo's research explores the political economy of Latin American welfare systems and the redistributive potential of social policy changes. He is particularly interested in the social, economic and political arrangements that triggered and shaped neoliberal and post-neoliberal reforms in the region and their effects on families from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. 
CDS research theme: Wellbeing and Human Development

Ngoc Anh Vu

Anh Vu's PhD research focuses on civil society activism under authoritarianism. Specifically, her research attempts to examine civil society space in the authoritarian context of Vietnam through varying forms of civil society activism including NGO-led mobilization and citizen-led mobilization. Her other research interests include political change and democracy, aid effectiveness and governance.
CDS research theme: Insecurity and Conflict 

Dr. Timothy Williams

Tim's research focused on childhood, education, and 'the capacity to aspire' in the context of rural Rwanda. His thesis explored how young people come to think about themselves and their futures, and the role of school-based education in this process.
CDS research theme: Gender, Childhood and Youth