Edward Laws is a development theorist and political consultant who has written extensively on political settlements in fragile and conflict-affected areas. He has worked as a researcher with DLP, the D Academy and ODI. His primary research interests lie in the politics of development, state-building, peace buildings, and in the political analysis of donor activity. He is continuing his interest in political settlements by applying the framework to debates on universal health coverage. He has a PhD in politics from the University of York.