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Miguel Loureiro

Research Fellow

Miguel Loureiro is a Research Fellow and course convener of the MA ‘Governance, Development and Public Policy’, whose work primarily focuses on analysing and improving state-citizen relations.

He works at the state-citizen interface from both a citizens’ perspective, examining accountability and empowerment relations, and the state’s perspective, identifying opportunities for state responsiveness. From the citizens’ side, most of his research focuses on what happens when poor and marginalised households interact with public authorities, the role of intermediaries, and barriers to women’s empowerment in protests and in public life in general in fragile, conflict and violence-affected settings. From the state side, he researches moments when the state listens to its citizens, elements of bureaucratic capacity that contribute to better policy outcomes, including the role of evidence in policymaking, and the relationship between the recent patterns of autocratisation and changes in public contestation and inclusiveness in policymaking.

As a way of improving this interface, he has built several opportunities for engagement and impact in policy and practice. For example, through advisory work with the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), as an Academic Adviser to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, contributing to policy training events with the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), Brazil’s National School of Public Administration (ENAP) and the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), and Nigeria’s National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS). Regarding the role of evidence in policymaking, Miguel works on improving the engagement between researchers and policymakers by training researchers on how to communicate effectively with policymakers and by training policymakers to make better use of research in policy processes.

Besides convening the MA ‘Governance, Development and Public Policy’, Miguel teaches on the MA courses ‘Making Public Policy’, ‘Democracy and Public Policy’ and ‘Research Design’, as well as running a series of workshops on ‘Training for Applied Critical Thinking’.

Miguel currently supervises the following doctoral students:

Paulo Teixeira da Costa, ‘Bureaucrats and Pro-Poor Policy Endurance: The Case of Land Registration in Brazil’.

Edmilson Ângelo, ‘China as a Democratic Force in Africa: Angola’s Middle Class and the Birth of the Aspirational Voter’.

Abeeha Islam, ‘Power Dynamics in Development Induced Displacement and Resettlement and the Impacts on the Displaced of Orange Line Metro Project in Lahore, Pakistan’.

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Brazil IDS Initiative

The Brazil IDS Initiative provides focus in a geography at the leading edge of development thinking and practice due to accelerating environmental, economic, political and social change. It recognises that tackling challenges such as climate change, poverty and injustice...


Pakistan Hub

The Pakistan Hub provides focus in a country at the leading edge of development thinking and practice and is centered on a long-term partnership between IDS and the highly regarded Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). It recognises that...



Durdin-er Diaries: chronicles of hard times in Bangladesh

Which governance channels do people whose livelihoods and incomes were severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic navigate while attempting to bounce back? Through a joint IDS and BIGD research project we aim to answer this question by exploring the trajectories of recovery, coping strategies,...

27 January 2023


Journal Article

Governance Diaries: An Approach to Researching Marginalized People’s Lived Experiences in Difficult Settings

International Journal of Qualitative Methods Vol 22

How do chronically poor and marginalized citizens interact with and make claims to the different public authorities that exist in fragile, conflict and violence-affected contexts? In other words, how does governance from below look like in difficult settings? Given the centrality of the...

2 February 2023

Journal Article

Visible Outside, Invisible Inside: the Power of Patriarchy on Female Protest Leaders in Conflict and Violence-affected Settings

Gender and Development Vol 29 Number 2-3

The literature on women’s participation in public protests and movements shows that even when they are prominent actors within these, most women are excluded from the male-dominated decision-making spaces within which negotiations with the state occur. In this article we look at the case of...

Jalila Haider

6 January 2022

Miguel Loureiro’s recent work


Strengthening partnerships for public policy making in Brazil

The Institute of Development studies (IDS) has extended its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Brazilian National School of Public Administration (ENAP). Through the partnership, we will continue to collaboratively develop and deliver short courses and postgraduate programmes for...

23 March 2021


Rural Futures

Through our research, policy engagement, teaching and training, we support the emergence of development pathways that deliver both greater social justice and sustainability for rural people and places, while recognising their important interconnections with urban areas and the links between...