As a political sociologist with 20 years of development research and advisory experience, my research work focuses on the politics of poverty and public services, and increasingly on the political effects of subsistence crises.

I have researched elite perceptions of poverty, accountability in education and social protection, and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the UK, and led cross-country research in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. Most recently I was the Principal Investigator on the DFID-ESRC funded research project Food Riots and Food Rights: the moral and political economy of accountability for hunger Project (2012-14) and a research lead on the IDS/Oxfam GB Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility project. Her book on the political effects of the 1974 famine in Bangladesh, The Aid Lab, will be published by Oxford University Press in February 2017.

The principal areas of my research work include: