Find out about some of the ongoing research projects at the School. These may be core funded or externally funded, and range from extensive, long term collaborations requiring fieldwork and data analysis to more individual areas of work.
This new project is an action-research project in collaboration with the health and care services in Durham (UK), who make local decision on how resources are spent.
Can a psychological intervention enhance the effectiveness of anti-poverty programmes such as cash transfers?
This project seeks to understand which groups of individuals should be targeted by interventions that seek to reduce rates of early and forced marriage – including through keeping girls in school –
Examining the phenomenon of 'thin political markets'.
Analysis on how to incorporate behavioural science in the design of poverty reduction interventions.
Investigating how, and how well, spending control worked.
Investigating integrity in public institutions
Understanding the contextual factors that shape the outcomes of transnational climate governance.
This project aims to examine the causal effect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the achievements of Palestinian high school students in their final exams that conclude the high school degree
There is a growing sentiment that trust in corporations (along with government) is currently in free-fall. However, what does this mean? Why it is important? And what might be done in response?
Improving the Ghanaian Civil Service’s productivity by designing, implementing, and evaluating novel individual and group-based training methods for bureaucrats.
The Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development addresses fragile and conflict situations globally – where countries are failing, or are at risk of failing, with respect to political auth
This project will bring together: leading academics on trade and development; leading UK businesses that import from developing countries; NGOs working in fairtrade and ethical sourcing, and govern
Exploring the role of norms, values, and narratives in establishing state legitimacy and the effective functioning of state organisations.
Thomas Elston is working with Ruth Dixon on a project funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust to look at how shared back-office services affect English local government administratio
This project seeks to devise ways for African governments to foster the development of more productive industries.
Banks dominate the financial sectors of Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries (LMICs) and effective regulation is vital for financial stability and growth.
This project will be amongst the very first to look at how political institutions and processes - at both the domestic and global levels - shape the impact of global banking initiatives on LICs and