Who we are

Who we are

David Hudson

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.

Claire Mcloughlin

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.

Chris Roche

Deputy Director (Impact) – Chris Roche

Chris is Professor of Development Practice 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.

Alana Tomlin

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 holds an MSc in International Development, 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.

Kyle Smith

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.

Louisa Whitehouse

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.

Ujjwal Krishna

Specialist Doctoral Research Scholar – Ujjwal Krishna

Ujjwal Krishna is a Specialist Doctoral Research Scholar at the Institute for Human Security and Social Change, based in Melbourne. Prior to receiving the DLP PhD Scholarship, he conducted development and public policy research for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Government of India, at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He holds an MA (Distinction) in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, and a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Delhi. While at IDS, he worked with Safe Passage UK in London, and executed a grant-funded research project on refugee history and policy. He also worked with IDS on migration and urban displacement as a Research Assistant.