DLP Research Associates

Sit Bakrania

Heather Marquette

Shivit Bakrania is an independent research consultant in conflict, security and justice, and an honorary research associate of the International Development Department, University of Birmingham (UK). He is also currently a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham, researching the politics of security and justice provision in contexts of urbanisation. He authored the DLP paper Security and Justice: Towards Politically Informed Programming and recently completed a DFID-commissioned mapping of the global evidence base on security and justice. 

Tait Brimacombe

 Tait BrimacombeTait is in the final stages of completing her PhD, which explores the intersection of communication for development and gender in the Pacific, with fieldwork conducted in Vanuatu, Fiji and the Cook Islands. She has also contributed to research for AusAID (now DFAT) and the Australian Civil Military Centre on communication for development in fragile states, and the role of communication in complex emergencies. Her current research interests include women’s leadership, coalitions and collective action in the Pacific.


Lisa Denney

Heather Marquette

Lisa Denney is an independent researcher based in Melbourne. Her interests include security and justice, local governance and political economy analysis. Lisa is also a Research Associate with the Overseas Development Institute, where she manages the Sierra Leone country programme of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium and has worked with the g7+ Group of Fragile States since 2011. She also has experience of providing technical assistance and capacity support to governments and civil society organisations, as well as conducting political economy analysis training, program design and evaluation. Lisa holds a PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University. She is the author of Justice and Security Reform: Development Agencies and Informal Institutions in Sierra Leone (Routledge). Lisa has undertaken research in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.


Glen Finau 

/documents/images/Glen-Finau-photo-for-web.jpgGlen Finau is an Assistant Lecturer in Accounting at the University of the South Pacific (USP). He previously worked with Ernst & Young (Fiji) Ltd as an auditor before joining USP and is a member of CPA Australia and the Fiji Institute of Accountants. He completed his Masters of Commerce at USP, with his thesis examining the factors that lead to successful ICT implementation in the public sector in Pacific Island Countries. His research focuses on a range of areas from Accounting, Information Systems, Mobile Money and Social Media. His work has been published in Pacific Asia Journal of the Association of Information Systems, Accounting History and Journal of Pacific Studies. His current research work explores the use and potential of social media in collective activism and political participation in the South Pacific. Glen is collaborating with DLP on ‘Digital Feminism in Fiji’, a research project exploring the use of digital technologies among feminists and women’s rights activists.


Jonathan Fisher

Heather Marquette

Jonathan Fisher is Senior Lecturer in African Politics in the International Development Department, University of Birmingham. A political scientist, he completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford on the regional and international security politics of Uganda and his research focuses on understanding and exploring the place and agency of African states in the international system. His work analyses the politics of aid, authoritarianism and conflict 'knowledge' and he has published in a range of journals including World DevelopmentInternational AffairsAfrican Affairs and Third World Quarterly. He is currently writing a monograph on the influence of guerrilla heritage on contemporary patterns of conflict and cooperation in Eastern Africa. He was an Honorary Research Fellow in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 2013-2014.


  Paul Heywood 

Professor Paul Heywood holds the Sir Francis Hill Chair of European Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on political corruption, institutional design and state capacity, and he is author, co-author or editor of eighteen books and more than eighty journal articles and book chapters. Recent funded research includes an ESRC/Hong Kong project on Integrity Management in the UK, Hong Kong and China; an EU FP7 project, ANTICORRP, on anti-corruption policies; and TACOD, an EU project on tackling corruption through open data. Paul is currently leader of a £3.6m British Academy/DFID Anti-Corruption Evidence programme (2015-18), designed to identify new initiatives that can help developing countries tackle the scourge of corruption and the negative impact it has on millions of people's lives.  He is a Trustee of Transparency International UK and chair of its Advocacy and Research Committee, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (elected 2002), and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (elected 2012). In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.


Romitesh Kant 


Romitesh Kant is a teaching assistant and a research Masters student with the School of Government, Development and International Affairs at USP. His Masters research focusses on democracy and constitutional processes in Fiji. His current research interests are politics of ethnicity and constitutional developments in Fiji, human rights, and digital media and politics in the Pacific. His work has been published in Pacific Studies and the Journal of Pacific Studies. More recently his research has focused on online activism and digital feminism. Romitesh is collaborating with DLP on ‘Digital Feminism in Fiji’, a research project exploring the use of digital technologies among feminists and women’s rights activists.

Linda Kelly

Heather Marquette

Linda Kelly is a co-director of the Institute for Human Security and Social Change. She has worked widely in the international development sector. She has held senior management positions at World Vision and Oxfam Australia and is an established trainer and facilitator. Her specialisations include community development and capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, gender, disability, and international NGO development. Since 2001 she has been Director of Praxis Consultants, a privately owned company specialising in strategic management, program design, and research and evaluation for international and domestic organisations. More recently she has begun working on monitoring and evaluation with indigenous organisations.


Edward Laws

Heather Marquette

Edward Laws is a Research Fellow with GSDRC at the University of Birmingham, and has worked as a researcher with DLP, the D Academy and the Overseas DeveIopment Institute. He specialises in political economy and political settlements analysis, and his main research interests lie in the politics of development, state-building, peacebuilding, and the political analysis of donor activity. He has recently worked as an independent consultant for ODI on the politics of universal health coverage. He has fieldwork experience in Kenya, investigating environmental sustainability in the informal sector. He holds a PhD in politics from the University of York.



Heather Lyne de Ver

Heather Lyne de VerHeather's research interests include theories of developmental leadership, the impact of leadership training on developmental outcomes and the relationship between research, evidence and policy. She holds an MSc in International Development from the University of Bristol, and has written DLP papers on conceptions of leadership, on leadership, politics and development, and on leadership development programmes. 




Heather Marquette

Heather MarquetteHeather Marquette is a Professor in Development Politics in the International Development Department, University of Birmingham. A political scientist by training, she has extensive international experience in research, policy advice, consultancy and training on the politics of development, governance, corruption, political analysis, and aid policy.

 Her research includes work on Afghanistan, Ghana, India, Kenya and Nigeria. Her work has been published in Third World QuarterlyPolitical Studies, and Public Administration & Development, among others, and she is the author of Corruption, Politics and Development: The Role of the World Bank (Palgrave Macmillan).


Caryn Peiffer

Caryn PeifferCaryn holds a PhD in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation examined the impact in Africa of externally-driven democratisation on developmental outcomes. She has written DLP papers on the politics of state-business relations, reform coalitions for growth, and on corruption. Caryn examined the determinants of bribe payments as part of the Global Experience of Corruption project (University of Strathclyde). She has carried out research for Transparency International, DFID, AFD, and SIDA, and has worked in India, Zambia and Botswana.



Suda Perera

Suda PereraSuda holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent. Her thesis examined the role of Rwandan refugees in the conflict dynamics of the eastern Congo. Suda’s current research focuses on the role of non-state actors in developmental leadership. For example, she is examining how armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo can be transformed into legitimate political actors who provide wider representation for marginalised citizens. 



Sarah Phillips

Heather Marquette

Sarah Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for International Security Studies at The University of Sydney. Her main research interests include the securitsation of development, post-colonial perspectives on international relations, and the politics of contemporary state-building and donor aid. Her work has been published in African Affairs, Survival, and Foreign Affairs, among others, and her most recent book, Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis, analyses the dynamics of the country’s informal institutions amid rapid political and social change. Sarah has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa – particularly in Yemen, Somaliland, Kenya, Jordan, Pakistan, and Oman.


Alina Rocha Menocal 

Heather Marquette

Alina Rocha Menocal is a Senior Research Fellow in ODI’s Politics and Governance Programme, and a Senior Democracy Fellow at USAID. She is also a DLP Research Associate. Her research interests focus on bridging the gap between research and policy, particularly using political economy analysis to inform governance issues. She holds an M. Phil in Political Science (Comparative Politics) from Columbia University, and a BA in Political Science from Yale University.



Ceridwen Spark

Heather Marquette

Ceridwen Spark is a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow at Melbourne’s RMIT University in the Centre for Global Research in Global, Urban and Social Studies. Her research focuses on gender and social change in the Pacific, gender and education, gender and leadership, and gender and spatiality in urban areas. Since 2007, Ceridwen's research has investigated the experiences of women leaders and educated urban women in Papua New Guinea. Among her current research projects is a DLP-funded comparative study of women’s activism through coalitions in PNG and Malaysia. Ceridwen holds a PhD in Indigenous and Gender Studies from Monash University.




Jope Tarai 

Jope Tarai is a Teaching Assistant in Ethics and Governance, and a Masters student of Politics, Diplomacy and International Affairs at USP. His Masters research focuses on collective diplomacy in the context of The South Pacific Tuna Treaty. In addition, his resea?rch interests are: Pacific regionalism, tuna politics, social media and politics in Fiji. His work has been published in Pacific Studies and the Journal of Pacific Studies. More recently, his research has focused on the use of social media and digital technologies for activism and collective action. Jope is collaborating with DLP on ‘Digital Feminism in Fiji’, a research project exploring the use of digital technologies among feminists and women’s rights activists.



 Jason Titifanue  

Jason Titifanue is a Teaching Assistant and Masters candidate at USP. He is currently undertaking research into how migration and remittances affect family livelihoods in small island communities. He is a member of a research team that examines the role that Information and Communications technologies (ICTs) play in contemporary Pacific politics and advocacy. He has co-authored papers examining the role that ICTs have played in activism, political campaigning and as a tool for empowerment. Two of these papers have been accepted for publication in Pacific Studies and the Journal of Pacific Studies. His current research interests focus on contemporary politics and how ICTs can be leveraged as tools for citizen empowerment, activism, and political engagement in the South Pacific. Jason is collaborating with DLP on ‘Digital Feminism in Fiji’, a research project exploring the use of digital technologies among feminists and women’s rights activists.


Grant Walton

Heather Marquette

Grant Walton is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre, Australian National University. Trained as a human/political geographer, Grant is interested in issues related to corruption, international development, education policy, and civil society. His current research focuses on Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands; he has also conducted research in Liberia and Afghanistan. Grant has published in a range of academic journals and books, and has produced reports for donors and NGOs and articles for the media. You can follow him on the Development Policy Centre’s blog. Grant is also the Deputy Director (International Development) for the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption and a University House (ANU) Early Career Academic Fellow.


Jasmine Westendorf

Heather Marquette

Jasmine Westendorf is a Lecturer in International Relations at La Trobe University. Her research focuses on conflict and peace studies, negotiated peace processes, international approaches to peacebuilding, the politics of international law and international organisations, and the role of women in peace and war. Her research includes work on Nepal, Timor-Leste, Cyprus, Liberia, South Sudan, Aceh, Cambodia and Bougainville. Jasmine has published her research in leading journals, including the Australian Journal of International Affairs, and she is the author of Why Peace Processes Fail: Negotiating Insecurity After Civil War (Lynne Rienner). She has conducted policy and research work for a range of NGOs, including the International Women's Development Agency, World Vision and ActionAid. She is also a regular contributor to Australian and international media.   

Nieves Zúñiga

Nieves is Research Fellow at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham for the project Anticorruption Policies Revisited. Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption (ANTICORRP) until February 2017. She is analysing the anticorruption policies in Bolivia and Rwanda and developing a report on the practical promotion and implementation of integrity as a key tool for fighting corruption. Her interests focus on applied research using qualitative methods to inform governance issues. In particular she is interested in the design and implementation of anti-corruption policies, with special interest on integrity management; and the intersection between leadership and civic engagement in social transformation regarding development, peace and good governance. She has worked on several countries in Latin America and Africa. She holds an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Essex, and a BA in Communication from the University of Navarra.


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New article - To Boldly Know: Knowledge, Peacekeeping and Remote Data Gathering in Conflict-Affected States

Thursday 12th October 2017

In this article in the Journal of International Peacekeeping, DLP researcher Suda Perera critically evaluates crowdsourcing's uses and abuses, and warns against an over-reliance on remotely gathered conflict data.

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Why political settlements matter

Thursday 5th October 2017

Join us on 5 Oct 2017 at ODI (10-11:30am) to discuss the research featured in a special issue of The Journal of International Development co-edited by Alina Rocha Menocal (DLP and ODI) and Jan Pospisil (Political Settlements Research Programme at the University of Edinburgh).

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