Senior Lecturer in Policy and Quantitative Methods / Applied Economics
Student drop-in and feedback hours
Mondays 14:00 - 15:00pm and 18:00 - 19:00pm
Chair of Postgraduate Taught Programmes Exam Board
My research analyses how to overcome the most significant barriers to development. I have a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge (King’s College) and joined Queen Mary in September 2015.
I am also member of the Oxford-LSE research networks Improving Institutions for pro-poor Growth (iiG), Economics of Inequality and Poverty Analysis (EQUALITAS), director of Economic Development and Impact Evaluation (EDIE) network, and founding member of the Equity and Development Research Group (EDReG).
Previously, I taught and held research positions at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. My research has been published among others in Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Development Policy Review, Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Public Money and Management.
My research analyses how to overcome the main constraints to development. I am particularly interested in three of these barriers:
- Violent conflict
- The persistent effects of inequalities in wealth
- Poor economic governance
My fields of interests are Development Economics, Political Economy and Applied Economics.
2015. Estimating the impact of Mexican drug cartels and drug-related homicides on crime and perceptions of safety. Journal of Economic Geography, in print.
2014. An Inquiry into the Use of Illegal Electoral Practices and Effects of Political Violence and Vote-Buying, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 58:8.
2013. To What Extent Did Ethnicity and Economic Issues Matter in the 2007 Kenyan Elections, Development Policy Review, 31:3.
2013. Decentralization, Accountability and the 2007 MPs Elections in Kenya, Journal of Development Studies, 49:1.
2012. Triggers and Characteristics of the 2007 Kenyan Electoral Violence, World Development, 40:4. (with S. Dercon)
2011. “Elections and institutions in Kenya”, in Adam, C. Collier, P. (Eds.) Kenya Policies for Prosperity. Oxford University Press (with Collier, P. and Kimenyi, M.).
2010. To what extent does deprivation affect the performance of English local authorities? Journal of International Review of Administrative Sciences, 76:1. (with Haubrich, D. and McLean, I). Winner of the Best Article by IRAS Journal and Sage Editorial. Reprinted in Chinese Mandarin and also:
- 2010. Reprinted in French: Dans quelle mesure la privation affecte-t-elle le travail des autorités locales anglaises? Revue Internationale des Sciences Administratives.
- 2010. Reprinted in Spanish: ¿En qué medida afectan las privaciones a los resultados de las autoridades locales inglesas? Revista Internacional de Ciencias Administrativas.
2009. Estimating the impact of England’s area-based intervention “New Deal for Communities” on employment. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 39:3.
2008. Evaluating England’s ‘New Deal for Communities’ programme, Journal of Economic Geography, 8:6. (with Noble, M.)
2008. The limitations of performance assessments of 2008. The public bodies: the case of deprivation as an environmental constraint on English local government, Environmental and Planning C: Government and Policy, 26:4. (with Haubrich, D and Mclean, I).
2008. “Encouraging entrepreneurship among young people: Evidence and challenges in Europe” in Neumaier, O., Schweiger, G. Sedmak, C. (Eds.): Perspectives on Work. Munster etc: LIT Verlag.
2007. The perils and pitfalls of performance measurement: The case of local authorities in the UK, Public Money Management, 27:2. (with McLean, I. and Haubrich, D.)
2007. “The impact of England’s New Deal for Communities on worklessness” in Social Policy and Regional Development in Europe, The Institute of Economics Zagreb, Croatia. (with Noble M. and Covizzi, I.)
Selected Published Government Research Reports
2009. Leaving Benefits Behind II: Labour market transitions of workless people in Wales 1999-2005. The Welsh Assembly Government, UK. (with Anttila, C., Griggs, J., McLennan, D., Noble, M.)
2008. Developing Small Area Measures on Fear of Crime: a feasibility study. Department for Communities and Local Government, UK. (with Withworth, A., McLennan, D., Noble M.)
2007. Narrowing the Gap? Modelling the NDC Programme impact on pupil attainment and worklessness at individual level and resultant policy implications. Department for Communities and Local Government, UK. (with Wilkinson, K.)
2007. Leaving Benefits Behind, Department for Communities and Local Government, UK. (with Antilla, C., Griggs, J., Mason, D., McLennan, D., Noble, M., Shung-King, M., Wilkinson, K.,Whitworth, A.)
2006. The child support grant: A Sub-provincial analysis of eligibility and take up in January 2005. National Department of Social Development, South Africa. (with Noble, M., Wright, G., Barnes, H., Noble, S., Ntshongwana, P., McLennan D., D. Avenell.)
2006. Evaluating & the Impact of the Neighbourhood Management Programme on Worklessness, Baseline Report. Research Report 26, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, UK. (with McLennan, D., Antilla, C., Mason, D., Wilkinson, K., Mokhar, C, Dibben, C., Smith, G., Noble, M. )
2005. Worklessness in New Deal for Communities Areas: Findings from phase 1 of the National Evaluation. Research report for the National NDC Evaluation, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, UK. (with Noble, M., Antilla C. McLennan D., Covizzi I., Mason D., Wilkinson K.)
2005. The child support grant: A Sub-provincial analysis of eligibility and take up in January 2004. National Department of Social Development, South Africa. (with Noble, M., Wright, G., Barnes, H., Noble, S., Ntshongwana, P., McLennan D., D. Avenell)