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Miguel Loureiro - Research Fellow

Governance; Rural Futures
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Miguel Loureiro is the Course Convenor for the MA Governance and Development and a Research Fellow. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist and agriculturalist whose research looks primarily at notions of social change among state and non-state actors.

Over the past 15 years he has taught, trained, and worked across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia on issues related to farming systems and village studies, disaster risk reduction, and public policy and state–citizen communication. His present research focuses on state responsiveness to collective social accountability.

He holds a DPhil in Social Anthropology (University of Sussex), an MA in Governance and Development (IDS) and an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture (University of Aberdeen). Previously he was a Teaching Fellow at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), where he taught development-related courses at undergraduate level and was a researcher at the university's Research & Information Systems for Earthquakes in Pakistan (RISEPAK) and the Development Policy Research Centre.

Research interests: Policy Processes and State-Citizen communication; Disaster Risk Reduction; Agrarian Reforms, Farming Systems, and Village Studies.

Languages: Portuguese (native); English, French and Spanish (fluent)

The aim of this cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation is to strengthen their Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network's understanding, learning, and policy engagement in decentralised and democratic local governance.

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Making All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development (MAVC) is a four-year $45 million fund to support innovation, scaling-up, and research that will deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

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A new partnership between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and IDS has been formed with the aim of supporting SDC’s ‘Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network’ (DLGN) between 2012 and 2014. IDS’ contribution will seek to improve DLGN’s effectiveness and impact of policy strategies and operations.

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The DFID funded Future Agricultures Consortium is an Africa-based alliance of research organisations seeking to provide timely, high-quality and independent information and advice to improve agricultural policy and practice in Africa.

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This research theme, under the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) Research Programme, is concerned with the meanings of empowerment and accountability from the point of view of the people’s experiences and perceptions, and this in turn means for collective action.

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The aim of this third phase of cooperation between IDS and SDC is to share learning and collaborate on policy engagement in priority areas of decentralised and democratic local governance.

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Innovative Methods for Research on Social and Political Action in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings

IDS Working Paper 487 (2017)

Fragile and conflict-affected settings present particular challenges for researchers seeking to study the effect of social and political action (SPA). These challenges are not simply due to prevalent violence and conflict, but contexts of insecurity can restrict the flow of information, key actors can be hard to identify, and if information can be found, vital pieces of the picture may be missing. More details

This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 48.2, 'Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa'.

Interrogating Decentralisation in Africa

IDS Bulletin 48.2 (2017)

What are the smaller stories hidden within the larger trends on governance in Africa, and to what extent has decentralisation affected change in these areas? What are the factors that keep local government reforms from achieving more complete outcomes? More details

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Étude de Cas 4 : Autorités Traditionnelles et Religieuses dans la Gouvernance Locale au Mali

This case study analyses traditional and religious authorities in local governance within Mali. More details

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Analysing Informal Local Governance Institutions: Practical Guidelines

The objective of this analytical framework is to support a politically informed and context-tuned analysis of a particular range of non-state institutions involved in local governance processes. More details

This is the front cover to IDS Bulletin 47.1, 'Opening Governance'.

Opening Governance

IDS Bulletin 47.1 (2016)

This Bulletin hopes to rescue the transformative potential of the project of opening up governance relationships and processes to instil fairer power dynamics among and between citizens and their states. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Accountability; Agriculture; Governance; Public Policy.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Action for Empowerment and Accountability; Future Agricultures Consortium.