Oliver Walton is a Lecturer in International Development at the University of Bath specialising in NGO politics, conflict and peacebuilding. His research focuses on the ways in which NGOs and civil society organisations generate and maintain legitimacy, and on the political implications of NGOs’ engagement in peacebuilding. He has also conducted research on liberal peacebuilding, third-party mediation, and conflict prevention.
Before joining the University of Bath in March 2013, Oliver worked as a Research Fellow at the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC), based at the University of Birmingham. He completed a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) in 2010, which focused on national NGOs involved in peacebuilding in Sri Lanka. He has experience of working for a range of NGOs in the UK and Sri Lanka, and has worked as a consultant and evaluator for a number of donor agencies (including DFID, UNDP, NORAD, OECD and AusAID).