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Philip Mader

Research Fellow

Philip Mader is a research fellow in the Business, Markets and the State research cluster, and has over 8 years’ research and consulting experience in the field of international development. His research areas include political economy, finance and development, youth employment, management of public goods, financialisation, financial inclusion and financial literacy, and private governance and standards.

His prior research, which focused on microfinance and its connections with poverty and financial markets, was awarded two major PhD prizes. He has research and consulting experience in India and for UK funders, and has been invited to speak at academic and practitioner events on several continents.

Philip is the co-convenor of the MA Globalisation, Business and Development at IDS and, since 2016, he has convened the module ‘Business as a Development Actor’.

He previously taught sociology, political economy and theory of knowledge at IDS and the Universities of Cologne and Basel.

Student surgeries:

Student surgeries: 11:00-12:00 on Wednesdays during term time; please e-mail in advance for an appointment.

International talks and lectures

  • Microfinance: Problems, Critiques, Solutions – given at Monash University, 09 November 2017
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Research

Project

Handbook of Financialization

Financialization has become the go-to term for scholarship that studies the vastly expanded role of finance in contemporary politics, economy and society. The concept itself has equally expanded and evolved from a niche research theme in critical scholarship to one that informs an increasingly...

Centre

Centre for Development Impact

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) contributes to learning and innovation in the field of impact evaluation. The Centre aims to improve the assessment of impact on the poor, particularly through the use of appropriate, mixed method, and robust evaluation designs.

Opinions

Opinion

2019 Nobel* prize reveals the poverty of economics

The three new Laureates deserve the prize in economics in memory of Alfred Nobel. But the award shows how poor the modern economics discipline is in terms of gender equality, research methods, self-examination, and genuine insight into the lives of the poor. Congratulations are due to the...

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17 October 2019

Opinion

Microfinanced land-grabs and abuses in Cambodia are no surprise

One day people may wonder how anyone thought that lending money at high interest rates would empower the poor. Yet since the 1980s, the small, high-interest loans that were initially known as microcredit, have been a staple of global development agencies’ toolkits. The non-profit microfinance...

6 September 2019

Publications

Publication

Contesting Financial Inclusion

This contribution critically assesses financial inclusion as an intervention in the development space. It examines the turn from microfinance to financial inclusion, with the introduction of new actors and practices; new ideas and ideologies; new theories of change; and new expectations toward...

26 December 2017

Philip Mader’s recent work