Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Professor James Copestake

Professor of International Development, with a particular interest in the political economy of development finance and its evaluation

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Professor of International Development
Director of Studies Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice

3 East 3.39
Email: j.g.copestake@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3859

Profile

My experience of research, doctoral supervision and publication span the following:

  • Agrarian change and rural development
  • Development finance and impact evaluation
  • Wellbeing and poverty assessment
  • The political economy of international development.

I am particularly interested in the interaction between them.

Recent research income has come from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID). They have entailed field work in Ethiopia, India, Malawi and Peru. I have undertaken a wide range of teaching and management roles, and am currently Director of Studies for the Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice, Head of the International Development Group, an advisor to Gorta Self Help Africa, and a trustee of INTRAC.

Publications

Book/s

Copestake, J., ed., 2008. Wellbeing and development in Peru: local and universal views confronted. Palgrave Macmillan. (Studies of the Americas)

Copestake, J., Greeley, M., Johnson, S., Kabeer, N. and Simanowitz, A., 2005. Money with a mission. Volume 1: microfinance and poverty reduction. Intermediate Technology Publications.

Book Sections

Copestake, J. G., 2014. Aspiration-Achievement gaps. In: Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, pp.255-257.

Gravesteijn, R. and Copestake, J., 2010. Microfinance and social performance. In: Denemark, R. A., ed. The International Studies Encyclopedia. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 5097-5116.

Copestake, J., 2008. Conclusions and Implications for Development Policy and Practice. In: Copestake, J., ed. Wellbeing and Development in Peru: Local and Universal Views Confronted. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 211-230.

Copestake, J., Guillen-Royo, M., Chou, W.-J., Hinks, T. and Velazco, J., 2008. Economic welfare, poverty, and subjective wellbeing. In: Copestake, J., ed. Wellbeing and Development in Peru: Local and Universal Views Confronted. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 103-120.

Copestake, J., 2008. Introduction and overview. In: Copestake, J., ed. Wellbeing and Development in Peru: Local and Universal Views Confronted. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-30.

Copestake, J. and Wood, G., 2008. Reproducing Unequal Security: Peru as a Wellbeing Regime. In: Copestake, J., ed. Wellbeing and Development in Peru: Local and Universal Views Confronted. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 185-209.

Alvarez, J. L. and Copestake, J., 2008. Wellbeing and Institutions. In: Copestake, J., ed. Wellbeing and Development in Peru: Local and Universal Views Confronted. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 153-184.

Lockley, R., Altamirano, T. and Copestake, J., 2008. Wellbeing and Migration. In: Copestake, J., ed. Wellbeing and Development in Peru: Local and Universal Views Confronted. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 121-151.

Copestake, J., 2007. Poverty and exclusion, resources and relationships: theorising the link between social and economic development. In: Gough, I. and McGregor, J. A., eds. Well-being in developing countries: from theory to research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Copestake, J., 2006. Flexible standards for controlled empowerment? Microfinance as a case-study of aid management. In: Folke, S. and Nielson, H., eds. Aid impact and poverty reduction. Copenhagen: Danish Institute for International Studies. Palgrave/Macmillan.

Copestake, J. G., Johnson, S. and Wright-Revolledo, K. E., 2005. Impact assessment of microfinance:towards a new protocol for collection and analysis of qualitative data. In: Holland, J. and Campbell, J., eds. Methods in Development Research. Rugby, U. K.: ITDG Publishing.

Copestake, J., 2005. Impact assessment of microfinance: protocol for collection and analysis of qualitative data. In: Holland, J. and Campbell, J., eds. Methods of development research: combining quantitative and qualitative approaches. Rugby: ITDG Publishing, pp. 53-70.

Copestake, J., 2005. Introduction and overview. In: Brody, A., Greeley, M. and Simanowitz, A., eds. Money with a Mission. London, U. K.: ITDG Publishing.

Copestake, J., 2003. La suivi-evaluation au sein des institutons de microfinance: proposition d'un cadre de travail general. In: Guerin, I. and Servet, J.-M., eds. Exclusion et liens financiers. Paris: Economica & the Walras Centre: Economica & the Walras Centre, pp. 625-33.

Articles

Xu, S., Copestake, J. and Peng, X., 2016. Microfinance institutions' mission drift in macroeconomic context. Journal of International Development, 28 (7), pp. 1123-1137.

Copestake, J., O'Riordan, A.-M. and Telford, M., 2016. Justifying development financing of small NGOs: impact evidence, political expedience and the case of the UK Civil Society Challenge Fund. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 8 (2), pp. 157-170.

Copestake, J., Johnson, S., Garcia Cabello, M., Goodwin-Groen, R., Gravesteijn, R., Humberstone, J., Nino-Zarazua, M. and Titus, M., 2016. Towards a plural history of microfinance. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 37 (3), pp. 279-297.

Copestake, J. and O'Riordan, A.-M., 2015. Challenge funds in international development:definitions, variations and research directions. Public Administration and Development, 35 (1), pp. 1-18.

Copestake, J., 2015. Whither development studies? Reflections on its relationship with social policy. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, 31 (2), pp. 100-113.

Copestake, J. G., 2014. Credible impact evaluation in complex contexts:Confirmatory and exploratory approaches. Evaluation, 20 (4).

Copestake, J. and Williams, R., 2014. Political economy analysis, aid effectiveness and the art of development management. Development Policy Review, 32 (1), pp. 133-153.

Fouillet, C., Hudon, M., Harriss-White, B. and Copestake, J. G., 2013. Microfinance studies:Ιntroduction and overview. Oxford Development Studies, 41 (S1), S1-S16.

Copestake, J., 2013. Research on microfinance in India:Combining impact assessment with a broader development perspective. Oxford Development Studies, 41 (Suppl 1), S17-S34.

Lohano, H. and Copestake, J., 2012. Differentiated effects on rural poverty of an environmental shock : Evidence from a longitudinal survey in rural Sindh, Pakistan. Submitted to: EPRINTS-JOURNAL

Copestake, J. G., 2011. Microfinance Impact and Innovation Conference 2010:Heralding a new era of microfinance innovation and research? Enterprise Development and Microfinance, 22 (1), pp. 17-29.

Copestake, J., 2011. Well-being in development: Comparing global designs with local views in Peru. European Journal of Development Research, 23 (1), pp. 94-110.

Copestake, J. and Camfield, L., 2010. Measuring multidimensional aspiration gaps as a means to understanding cultural aspects of poverty. Development Policy Review, 28 (5), pp. 597-616.

Copestake, J., 2010. The global financial crisis of 2008-2009: an opportunity for development studies? Journal of International Development, 22 (6), pp. 699-713.

Copestake, J., Golberg, N. and Karlan, D., 2009. Randomized control trials are the best way to measure impact of microfinance programmes and improve microfinance product designs. Enterprise Development and Microfinance, 20 (3), pp. 167-176.

Copestake, J., Guillen-Royo, M., Chou, W.-J., Hinks, T. J. and Velazco, J., 2009. The relationship between economic and subjective wellbeing indicators in Peru. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 4 (2), pp. 155-177.

Copestake, J., 2009. What matters most for local wellbeing? Finding out in Central Peru. Endogenous Development, 4, pp. 8-10.

Copestake, J., 2008. Multiple dimensions of social assistance: the case of Peru's 'glass of milk' programme. The Journal of Development Studies, 44 (4), pp. 545-561.

Niño-Zarazua, M. and Copestake, J., 2008. Financial inclusion, vulnerability, and mental models:From physical access to effective use of financial services in a low income area of Mexico City. Savings and Development, 32 (4), pp. 353-379.

Copestake, J., 2008. Wellbeing and international development:What’s new? Journal of International Development, 29 (4).

Copestake, J., 2007. Mainstreaming microfinance: Social performance management or mission drift? World Development, 35 (10), pp. 1721-1738.

Copestake, J., Dawson, P., Fanning, J. P., McKay, A. and Wright-Revolledo, K., 2005. Monitoring the diversity of the poverty outreach and impact of microfinance: a comparison of methods using data from Peru. Development Policy Review, 23 (6), pp. 703-723.

Copestake, J., 2004. Social performance assessment of microfinance: cost-effective or costly indulgence. Small Enterprise Development Journal, 15 (3), pp. 11-17.

Copestake, J., 2004. Cost-effectiveness of microfinance client assessment in Honduras. Small Enterprise Development, 15 (3), pp. 52-60.

Copestake, J., 2004. Impact assessment of microfinance using qualitative data: communicating between social scientists and practitioners using the QUIP. Journal of International Development, 16 (3), pp. 355-367.

Altamirano, T., Copestake, J., Figueroa, A. and Wright-Revolledo, K., 2004. Universal and Local Understanding of Poverty in Peru. Global Social Policy, 4 (3), pp. 313-336.

Copestake, J., 2003. Part II: Institutionalising social performance 5. Simple standards or burgeoning benchmarks? Institutionalising social performance monitoring, assessment and auditing of microfinance. IDS Bulletin - Institute of Development Studies, 34 (4), pp. 54-65.

Copestake, J. and Wright, K., 2003. PROMUC (PERU): Review of progress towards a system for impact monitoring and assessment. Imp-Act Working Paper

Copestake, J., 2003. Horizontal networks and microfinance impact assessment. Journal of Development Practice, 13 (5), pp. 537-541.

Copestake, J., 2003. Unfinished business: the need for more effective microfinance exit monitoring. Journal of Microfinance, 4 (2), pp. 1-30.

Copestake, J., 2002. Inequality and the polarising impact of microcredit: evidence from Zambia's Copperbelt. Journal of International Development, 14, pp. 743-756.

Copestake, J., 2002. Learning to suck eggs, or is there a case for a postgraduate development studies benchmark? Public Administration and Development, 22 (4), pp. 303-308.

Copestake, J., 2002. Zambia: World bibliographic series volume 51 (revised edition). The Journal of Modern African Studies, 40 (1), pp. 178-179.

Copestake, J., Bhalotra, S. and Johnson, S., 2001. Assessing the impact of microcredit: A Zambian case study. The Journal of Development Studies, 37 (4), pp. 81-100.

Copestake, J., 2001. Expectations of Modernity: myths and meanings of urban life on the Zambian Copperbelt. The Journal of Modern African Studies, 39 (3), pp. 553-554.

Copestake, J., 2001. Salaula: the world of secondhand clothing and Zambia. The Journal of Modern African Studies, 39 (3), pp. 565-566.

Reports/Papers

Copestake, J., Allan, C., van Bekkum, W., Belay, M., Goshu, T., Mvula, P., Remnant, F., Thomas, E. and Zerahun, Z., 2016. Managing relationships in qualitative impact evaluation to improve development outcomes:QuIP choreography as a case study. Working Paper. Bath, U. K.: Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath. (Bath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing; 2016/49)

Copestake, J., Garcia Cabello, M., Goodwin-Groen, R., Gravesteijn, R., Humberstone, J., Johnson, S., Nino-Zarazua, M. and Titus, M., 2015. Towards a plural history of microfinance. Working Paper. Bath: Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath. (Bath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing; 40)

Copestake, J., Remnant, F. and Goshu, T., 2015. QUIP Report Self Help Africa Malt Barley project in Oromia, Ethiopia:Assessing Rural Transformations (ART) project report. Working Paper.

Copestake, J., Remnant, F. and Mvulu, M., 2015. QUIP Report: Self Help Africa Masumbankhunda, Malawi:Assessing Rural Transformations (ART) ESRC-DFID Project. Working Paper.

Copestake, J. G., 2014. Full guidelines for the Qualitative Impact Protocol (QUIP). Working Paper. Bath: Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath.

Copestake, J. and Williams, R., 2012. Political economy analysis, aid effectiveness and the art of development management. Working Paper. Bath, UK: Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath. (Bath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing; 18)

Duvendack, M., Palmer-Jones, R., Copestake, J. G., Hooper, L., Loke, Y. and Rao, N., 2011. What is the evidence of the impact of microfinance on the well-being of poor people? EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.

Copestake, J. and Williams, R., 2011. What is the impact of microfinance, and what does this imply for microfinance policy and for future impact studies? Oxford Policy Management.

Copestake, J., 2009. Development and Wellbeing in Peru: Comparing Global and Local Views. Working Paper. Bath, UK: University of Bath/Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research Group. (Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD) Working Papers; WeD Working Paper 09)

Niño-Zarazua, M. and Copestake, J., 2009. Financial inclusion, vulnerability, and mental models: From physical access to effective use of financial services in a low income area of Mexico City. Working Paper. Bath, UK: Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath.

Copestake, J. and Camfield, L., 2009. Measuring subjective wellbeing in Bangaladesh, Ethiopia, Peru and Thailand using a personal life goal satisfaction approach. Working Paper. Bath: University of Bath/Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research Group. (Wellbeing in Developing Countries (WeD) Working Papers; WeD Working Paper 09)

Conference or Workshop Items

Lohano, H. and Copestake, J., 2010. Differentiated effects on rural poverty of an environmental shock:Evidence from a longitudinal survey in rural Sindh, Pakistan. In: Ten Years of War Against Poverty, 2010-07-01 - 2010-07-03.

Other

Copestake, J. G., 2013. The state-of-the-ART Project (Update 1). Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath.

Copestake, J. G., 2013. Aid impact assessment and agricultural change:Researching ‘good enough’ qualitative approaches. Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath.

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