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Research Interests

Global Governance; (Critical) International Political Economy; International Development, including South-South Cooperation, Privatisation, and Development Finance; Rising Powers, and; World Order.

Research Statement

My research examines the international political economy of global development. I am specifically concerned with ongoing shifts in the policy field of development cooperation, including: the rise of new state and private actors; the privatisation of a hitherto public policy; transformations in state form and function, and; shifts in the nature of development finance. My research asks: how is the field changing? Why? And, ultimately, who benefits? I am particularly interested in the practices and discourses of South-South Cooperation, and how these are perceived across the so-called Global South. 

My second strand of research examines global governance: the matrix of institutions, norms, ideas, and practices  beyond the level of the nation-state. Here I am concerned with the challenges facing established structures of cooperation, and the rise of new institutional alternatives such as multi-stakeholder practices. I ask: to what extent and why are traditional sites of cooperation breaking down? How can we analyse the legitimacy and effectiveness of new forms of governance? In the face of interrelated climate, economic, and societal crises, what are the prospects for more transformative arrangements of governance?

I hold a BA in International Relations (First), an MSc in Global Politics (Distinction), and a PGDip in Research Methods all from the University of Durham. My PhD entitled 'Global Development Governance in the Interregnum: Legitimacy and the Global Partnership for Effective Develoment Cooperation' was conducted under the supervision of Professor David Held and Professor Marcus Power, also at the University of Durham. My thesis was awarded the Global Policy Institute's Oustanding Thesis Prize in April 2021. I subsequently undertook post-doctoral study at the Margaret Anstee Centre at the University of Cambridge. 


I am currently the programme convenor for the MSc in International Public Policy (2023).

In addition, I will be convening the following moduels in 2022-23:

PAI 7103: Global Development

PAI 7030: Global Political Economy 

I will also be teaching on the following modules:

PAI 7070: International Public Policy

PAI 3063: Politics of the Global Economy 

HAP 7001: Approaches to Research Design

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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