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.
Investigating how, and how well, spending control worked.
Exploring the role of norms, values, and narratives in establishing state legitimacy and the effective functioning of state organisations.
Analysis on how to incorporate behavioural science in the design of poverty reduction interventions.
Examining the phenomenon of 'thin political markets'.
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 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 –
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.
Can a psychological intervention enhance the effectiveness of anti-poverty programmes such as cash transfers?
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.