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Miguel Loureiro

Research Fellow

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)

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Future Agricultures Consortium

Future Agricultures is a network of researchers on agriculture and food policy in Africa, formed of more than 100 people working in 12 countries across Africa and in Europe.


Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA)

Action for Empowerment and Accountability is an international research programme which explores how social and political action can contribute to empowerment and accountability in fragile, conflict, and violent settings, with a particular focus on Egypt, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan.



The 2005 Pakistan earthquake: learning from history

Tomorrow is exactly ten years since an earthquake measuring 7.6 in the Richter scale struck parts of northern Pakistan and both Indian-administered and Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PDF). Indirectly it took more than 100,000 lives and injured over 150,000 others, causing immeasurable losses...

16 September 2015


Miguel Loureiro’s recent work



The Governance research cluster identifies the following sub-themes of research to ensure citizens are represented and governed fairly in a world of changing state authorities. Taxation Understanding how taxation affects the quality of governance has implications for social justice,...


Rural Futures

The big development issues of the coming decades, including inequality, sustainability, exclusion and security, all have specific and critically important rural dimensions. Rural societies, economies and areas face challenges and opportunities that can be qualitatively different from their...