DLP's research hub established at the University of Birmingham

We are delighted to announce that DLP has begun a new phase of work led by the University of Birmingham, with funding in place until 2017. The new research grant marks a first step towards the consolidation of DLP as a global partnership.

The agreement between the University of Birmingham (UoB) in the UK and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) was finalised in March 2014. It establishes the research team's hub in UoB's International Development Department, where DLP's recently appointed Director of Research, Dr Heather Marquette, is Reader in Development Politics.

Within the next six months, the DLP team will establish partnerships with other leading academic institutions around the world. DLP is already working closely with senior researchers at University College London, where DLP's Deputy Director of Research, Dr David Hudson, is based, and La Trobe University in Melbourne, where Chris Roche, DLP's senior research partner is located, among others.

Welcoming the new funding, Dr Marquette said:

“It is a real privilege to lead this next stage of DLP. We have an exciting work plan ahead and look forward to continuing DLP's long-standing program of high quality, high impact research that is relevant to today's development policy challenges.”

DLP was founded by the late Dr Adrian Leftwich in close association with Steve Hogg, senior governance specialist at what was then AusAID. The aim was to produce a body of research to fill an important gap in international thinking and policy about the crucial role played by leaders and coalitions in the politics of development. DLP has already gathered significant evidence on the role and importance of leadership and coalitions in developmental outcomes in sectors ranging from education to climate change.

In the year since Dr Leftwich's death, his colleagues have been working to preserve and build on his legacy. DLP's home at the University of Birmingham will give it greater stability and room for growth.

Commenting on the new agreement, DFAT said:

“The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is proud to be involved in supporting a research initiative that has a niche understanding of the critical role of leaders and coalitions in forging legitimate institutions to promote inclusive economic growth, social development and stability.

We look forward to working with DLP to progress the practical application of its research findings and generate new ideas about what works for aid investments targeting governance reforms and institutional change.”

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