I’m currently a Research Fellow at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham.
The focal point of my research is the relationship between democratization and development. I am particularly interested in the role of political institutions (especially parliaments) in both of these processes, and the extent to which external/international actors affect democratization and development – both intentionally and unintentionally.
Since January 2016, I’ve been working on the Political Economy of Democracy Promotion Project. The project is a collaboration between the University and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. I’m a founding member of REPRESENT; the Research Centre for the Study of Parties and Democracy.
My research has appeared in several leading journals, including Democratization, The Journal of Development Studies and African Affairs.
I completed my PhD at McGill University (Montreal) in 2016. My doctoral thesis examined the impact of budget support on parliaments and accountability in sub-Saharan Africa. As part of my research, I conducted fieldwork in Malawi, Uganda and Zambia.
I also have qualifications in law, from the Australian National University, and a Masters in Development Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden.