David Hudson

David Hudson

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.


Political analysis as the practical art of the possible

24th July 2014

Bringing politics back into PEA - a new paper with Adrian Leftwich

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The politics of redistribution: we need you

16th October 2014

Which are the key country cases? Help us shape new research.

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Inequality – the politics behind the policies

11th February 2015

Discussion starter for the #polinequality conference

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Politics, risk and development: three takeaways

19th February 2016

Reflections from two conferences

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