Philip Mader is a research fellow in the Business, Markets and the State research cluster, and has over 15 years’ research and consulting experience in the field of international development. He is Programme Lead of the DIGITAX research programme in the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD).
His research areas include political economy, digital finance and development, taxation, youth employment, financialisation, financial inclusion and, more broadly, the politics of market-oriented interventions in development. He has led impact evaluations of financial inclusion and Solidarity Groups for European and international funders. 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 sub-Saharan Africa, and has been invited to speak at academic and practitioner events on all continents.
Phil teaches economics, political economy and social development topics at IDS. He previously taught sociology, political economy and theory of knowledge at IDS and the Universities of Cologne and Basel.
Office hours for students: 9:00-10:00 on Wednesdays during term time; please e-mail in advance for an appointment.
Phil co-supervises the PhD of Stella Odiase and will consider applications from PhD students for the 2022-23 academic year.
International talks and lectures
- Microfinance: Problems, Critiques, Solutions – public lecture given at Monash University, 09 November 2017
- Finance Policy Aspects of Development Cooperation – expert hearing for the Swiss Parliament’s Finance Commisssion, 1 July 2016
Recent featured publications and podcast
Enablers, Barriers and Impacts of Digital Financial Services: Insights from an Evidence Gap Map and Implications for Taxation
Podcast S03 Ep07: The Routledge International Handbook of Financialization – Phil Mader and Natascha van der Zwan
9 Ways Coronavirus Could Transform Capitalism
Africa’s ‘Youth Employment’ Crisis is Actually a ‘Missing Jobs’ Crisis
Podcast S02 Ep12: Battling Eight Giants: Basic Income Now – Guy Standing