I am a sociologist with a PhD in economics, and over 30 years experience in international development, the first decade in the NGO sector working on humanitarian interventions and then social policy, and the second two in government, academe and research working on social protection. I work as a research economist specialising in the design and appraisal of social protection policy, systems and programmes in developing countries, particularly public works programmes and have a particular interest in the implications of climate change for future social protection needs. I also work on the political economy of social policy interventions and the national policy impact of external interventions. I convene, moderate and facilitate workshops and conferences on aspects of social protection and teach on university and government training courses. I have had the pleasure of working throughout north and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as central, southern and south eastern Asia, with a range of UN agencies, bi- and multi-lateral donors, governments and non-governmental organisations. I have published widely in a variety of media and written extensively on the political economy of social protection, as well as public works and labour market interventions.
I am currently focussing my work on the question of social protection as a mass response to climate change-induced livelihoods and employment degradation and the potential of public works as an instrument for national adaptation.
I am affiliated with the Sheffield Institute of International Development (SIID), and the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID), Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, and am a Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).