Who we are
Director – Professor David Hudson
David Hudson is Professor of Politics and Development at the University of Birmingham (UK). He has written widely on the politics of development, in particular on the role of coalitions, leadership and power in reform processes and how development actors can think and work politically; the drivers of global migration, finance and trade and how these processes shape national development; and how people in rich countries engage with global development issues. He has extensive fieldwork experience and works with survey, network, and interview data. He is actively involved with practitioners and policymakers, providing evaluations, design and policy advice, consultancy and training with donors and NGOs.
Deputy Director (Research) – Dr Claire Mcloughlin
Claire is a Lecturer in Political Sociology at the University of Birmingham. She has over a decade’s experience of conducting policy-relevant research in collaboration with a range of development agencies. Her core interest is in understanding when citizens accept authority, with a particular focus on how state-society relations develop over time, and how states win or lose legitimacy through their performance. She has published widely on the politics of service delivery, the role of education in building state legitimacy, and how non-state actors support or undermine state-building processes. Much of her work has focused on fragile or conflict-affected states. She is particularly interested in perceptions of ‘fairness’ in divided societies, and the narratives that leaders use to justify, defend and legitimise their actions.
Deputy Director (Impact) – Chris Roche
Chris is Associate Professor and Chair in International Development at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where he is also Director of the Institute for Human Security and Social Change. He has over 25 years’ experience working for international NGOs as a project manager, evaluator, policy researcher and director. He is particularly interested in understanding how social change happens, who is involved, and how the effectiveness of attempts to promote change is understood and assessed. His research interests also include complexity, power and politics; leadership, networks and coalitions; the role of civil society and International NGOs; and poverty, gender relations and inequality.
Program Manager and Deputy Director (Operations) - Alana Tomlin
Alana is the DLP Program Manager and Deputy Director (Operations), based at the University of Birmingham. She is currently in the final stages of completing an MSc in International Development alongside work, and her research interests include governance, human rights and women’s political leadership and participation. Alana first graduated in English and Creative Writing and started her career in the arts sector. Based on her long-standing interest in solving complex social issues, since 2015 she has worked in research management and support - specialising in research funding for the social sciences. Alana is also a Director of the West Midland’s Anti-Slavery Network.
Communications Manager – Kyle Smith
Kyle is the DLP Communications Manager based at University of Birmingham. Kyle has experience in communications and marketing in the areas of; education, youth leadership, charity development and fitness. Kyle is a Business and Management graduate with a significant interest in ensuring communications are relevant, innovative and purposeful. He likes to use technology and draws on the latest research in how we as humans engage with information to develop campaigns which simplify complex problems and ignite action. Outside of work Kyle is passionate about equality, diversity and fairness in society both in the UK and overseas.
Administrator and Finance Officer - Louisa Whitehouse
Louisa is the DLP Administrator and Finance Officer based at University of Birmingham. She is a Mathematics graduate from the university, and has four years of experience working within banking and financial services organisations. Louisa's systematic and efficient approach to administration and finance ensures that DLP meets its key targets and reporting criteria.