Oliver Harman is a Cities Economist for the International Growth Centre's (IGC) Cities that Work initiative based at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and Associate Staff at the London School of Economics.

Oliver is also a Clarendon Scholar studying the financing of Sustainable Urban Development in low-income and fast-growing cities. In these roles, he attempts to help bridge the gap between research and policy translating economic literature into clear urban policy guidance for emerging country city governments.

Oliver engages with local government Ministries and Mayoral teams primarily across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe. Examples include local government reform in Guyana, urban resilience and waste management in Ghana, municipal finance in Malawi, Senegal, Somaliland and sustainable urbanisation in Bangladesh. His three thematic interests include financing sustainable urban development, global value chains for regional upgrading and climate change in cities.

A selection of his IGC work is found below with a complete overview at