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Dr Diana Conyers is a social scientist with nearly 40 years' experience of development work, most of it based overseas. Throughout her career she has combined practical work (including government employment, applied research and consultancy) with teaching and writing, in the belief that these two types of activity are mutually supportive.

Diana worked at IDS from January 2005 to April 2013 and primarily as Programme Convenor of the MA Governance and Development. She had a particular interest in providing IDS students with practical fieldwork experience in the local community.

IDS Research Summary

Deepening Democracy in the UK: Rhetoric and Reality

IDS Research Summary of IDS Working Paper 314 (2009)

This Research Summary will show how IDS Working Paper 314 demonstrates that there is a significant gap between New Labour's rhetoric of 'deepening democracy' through citizen participation and the reality on the ground. More details

IDS Working Paper

Deepening Democracy in the UK: Rhetoric and Reality

IDS Working Paper 314 (2008)

Increasing concern about the quality of democracy has prompted efforts in many countries, ‘developed’ and ‘less developed’, to ‘deepen democracy’ by increasing the opportunities for citizen participation. One such country is the UK. More details

Decentralising Service Delivery?
IDS Bulletin Issue: 1 Volume: 38

Decentralising Service Delivery?

IDS Bulletin 38.1 (2007)

Does the devolution of responsibility for service provision to elected local authorities improve the delivery of services to the poor? This is the major challenge of democratic decentralisation and a key benchmark for assessment. Many governments devolve power and resources to local bodies which assume responsibility for health, education and other essential services More details

Thematic Expertise:
Aid; Governance; Democracy.

Geographic Expertise:
Sub Saharan Africa; Papua New Guinea; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe.