After finishing my PhD in Economics at the University of Nottingham in 2010, I was an ESRC Postdoctoral (Economics) fellow at UEA, in the School of International Development (2011-13). In 2014 I became a lecturer in Development Economics at UEA.
My first interest is development aid: its allocation and effects. Along with academic articles, this interest has led to significant policy impact including giving evidence to the UK Parliament’s International Development Select Committee.
My second interest is more recently acquired. After being exposed to behavioural and experiential economics at two of the world’s leading institutions in this area (Nottingham and UEA), I have started using these techniques to study risk and social preferences.
PhD in Economics, 2007-10
University of Nottingham
MA Development Economics, 2005-06
University of East Anglia
BA Development Studies with Spanish, 2002-05
University of East Anglia
Nature’s Frames, Reference Lotteries and Risky Choice: Evidence from a Ugandan Field Lab, with Ben D’Exelle and Arjan Verschoor
Socially Embedded Risky Choice: Fairness, Efficiency and Social Distance, with Ben D’Exelle and Arjan Verschoor
Lying and Language, with Ying-Yi Hong
Review of Payment by Results in DFID: Establishing the Evidence Base, 2017 A four month consultancy conducting a semi-systematic review of evidence of Payment by Results in International Development, and an investigation of how PBR evidence has been used within DFID. With colleagues at UEA, including Maren Duvendack and Brendan Whitty.
Evaluation of Results Based Aid in the Education Sector, Ethiopia, 2016 A short consultancy (c.10 days) overseeing a review of previous evaluation work, which led to a discovery of several fundamental problems with the data used. This fed into the project completion review.
Evaluation of Results Based Aid in the Education Sector, Rwanda, 2013-15 This was an exciting three-year project for DFID Rwanda, evaluating the effect of results based aid in Rwanda’s education system. This is one of the first evaluations of results based aid (a form of ‘cash on delivery’ aid). Upper Quartile led the bid, and I worked with colleagues at UEA. (c. 100 days) Final Report
Conceptual Basis for Payment by Results in International Development, 2013-2014 For DFID UK, a review of the conceptual basis for Payment by Results. This examines theoretically and conceptually new aid modalities. It deals with the interaction between donor and recipient, and makes use of relevant behavioural insights. (c. 20 days). There are several relevant outputs:
Evaluating Development Impact Bonds, 2014 For DFID UK, a study on Development Impact Bonds (DIBs). The first half of the report looks at their conceptual nature, using economic theory and related evidence (e.g. Social Impact Bonds, which have a longer history). The second half of the report looks at how they can be evaluated. Joint with Roger Drew. (30 days.)
International Aid and Domestic Tax Revenue, 2013-14 Following my 2011 publication examining the effects of aid grants and loans on domestic tax revenue, I returned to the subject for ICTD. The aim of the project was to investigate the source of contradictory results, predominately regarding aid grants, and led to a publication in the World Bank Research Observer (c. 80 days).
Aid and Government Spending, 2010-2011 Through CREDIT, the School of Economics, University of Nottingham. The work was for the AFD (Agence Française de Développement), and included 3 reports, which are currently not publicly available. My input was econometric. (c. 80 days)