Dr David Hudson is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Science at University College London (UCL)
. His main research interests lie in the political economy of development: public engagement with global poverty, the international political economy of development finance, and the politics of development.
David is continuing research, begun with the late Adrian Leftwich, to develop a 'political analysis' tool for development agencies seeking to understand the politics of a country, sector, or issue. The tool builds on and departs from existing 'political economy analysis' in that it seeks to develop what it means to 'think and work politically' with an emphasis on the role of agency, structure (and their interaction), power, ideas, and contingency. David's research is methodologically pluralist – qualitative and quantitative. Its approaches, guided by the question at hand, include surveys, media, network and social media analysis, as well as experiments, text analysis, interviews and focus groups.
David has published in a range of journals, including the Journal of International Development, Political Studies, Contemporary Politics, and The International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning. He has also given evidence to the UK Parliament's International Development Committee.