I’m currently a Research Fellow at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham. From September to December 2019, I am visiting at the University of Ghana as a fellow at the the Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA).
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.
In 2019, I was part of a research team that won both the UK ESRC’s Celebrating Impact Prize for Outstanding International Impact and the Market Research Society President’s Medal. These prizes were awarded in recognition of our work on safeguarding elections and strengthening accountability in new democracies. You can find out more about the research that formed the basis of these awards, here.
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.
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. I also have qualifications in law, from the Australian National University, and a Masters in Development Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden.