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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: 11:00-12:00 on Tuesdays during term time; please e-mail for an appointment.

International talks and lectures

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

Academic links

Google Scholar

Connections and expertise

Programmes and centres
Centre for Development Impact
Research themes of interest
Inclusive Economies

Philip Mader’s recent work


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