Governance, Power and Participation

Our research on governance, power relations, participation and citizen engagement, informs change processes in pursuit of social justice and social change. With power and politics central to our analysis, we support the generation of new evidence that contributes to improved processes for good governance, citizen engagement, empowerment and accountability.

We pioneer new ways of working with governments, communities, activists and academics, to understand the complex relationships and processes that exist across states, markets, and citizens, and between formal and informal institutions, to tackle issues such as digital inequalities, women’s participation and empowerment, decentralisation and local governance, rapid urbanisation, migration, taxation and domestic resource mobilisation, food security and hunger and nutrition. These draw on our extensive expertise in complex approaches to how change happens.  Through our research and policy partnerships we are also bringing new insights on the role that rising powers and emerging economies such as China and Brazil have in relation to global governance and tackling development challenges such as sustainability and poverty.  Our world-renown participatory research has a particular emphasis on systematic social exclusion facing women, people living in extreme poverty, people with disabilities, slaves bonded labourers, indigenous peoples and others. We advance cutting edge methodological development in action research, participatory visual methods, participatory mapping, participatory statistics, participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) amongst others.


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Danny Burns

Participation Research Cluster Leader

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Anuradha Joshi

Cluster Leader

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Shandana Khan Mohmand

Research Fellow

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Miguel Loureiro

Research Fellow

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Patta Scott-Villiers

Research Fellow

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Mariz Tadros

Director (CREID)

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Rosemary McGee

Research Fellow

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Mick Moore

Professorial Fellow

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Erika López Franco

Research Officer

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Stephen Thompson

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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Mary Wickenden

Research Fellow

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Brigitte Rohwerder

Research Officer

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Marina Apgar

Research Fellow

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Jackie Shaw

Research Fellow

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Tessa Lewin

Research Fellow

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Joanna Howard

Research Fellow

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Dilmurad Yusupov

DPhil Student

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Elaine Mercer

Communications and Networking Officer

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Gioel Gioacchino

PhD Student

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Harriet Hamilton

Project Support Officer

JaeHyun Park

PhD Student

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Jamie Myers

Research Officer

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Naomi Vernon

Programme Officer for Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Knowledge Hub

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Petra Bongartz

Research Officer

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Robert Chambers

Research Associate

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Stacey Townsend

Programme Officer

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Sue Enfield

Research Officer

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Becky Carter

Research Officer

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Colin Anderson

Research Officer

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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

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Fabrizio Santoro

Research Officer

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Giulia Mascagni

Research Fellow

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Rhiannon McCluskey

Research Uptake and Communications Manager

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Jalia Kangave

Research Fellow

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Roel Dom

Research Fellow

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Peter P. Houtzager

Research Fellow

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Richard Crook

Emeritus Fellow

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Tom Harrison

Research Fellow

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Robin Luckham

Emeritus Fellow

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Wilson Prichard

Joint Research Director, International Centre for Tax and Development

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Alex Shankland

Research Fellow

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Aly Khalil

PhD Research Student

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Dina Zayed

PhD Researcher

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Egidio Chaimite

PhD Researcher

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Fiona Wilson

Emeritus Fellow

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John Gaventa

Director of Research

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Kas Sempere

PhD Researcher

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Katy Oswald

Research Officer

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Marjoke Oosterom

Research Fellow

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Naomi Hossain

Research Fellow

Programmes and centres


Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme

Understanding the links between sexuality, gender plurality and poverty and producing practical options for activists and policymakers for strengthening legal protection of LGBTIQ people and sexuality rights.


International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD)

The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) provides research evidence that supports developing countries in raising domestic revenues equitably and sustainably, in a manner that is conducive to pro-poor economic growth and good governance.


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.



Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City

The Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing in the City project will contribute to our growing understanding of the structures, dynamics and processes through which people who are enduringly displaced succeed or fail to become part of European and Indian cities.

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Crowdsourcing images on authority in Lebanon and Jordan

As part of the Public Authority and Legitimacy Making (PALM) project in urban Lebanon and Jordan, the team has launched a call for communities to share images to show how authority is exercised by 30 May 2019. These images will contribute to the wider project and research on host-refugee...

17 April 2019

Journal Article

Power Dynamics and Integration in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Learning Lessons for Transdisciplinary Research in Cambodia

Environmental Science and Policy Volume 94

For nexus approaches to be successful in their analysis and influence, integration dynamics must be understood in the context of larger power dynamics. Current analysis barely take this dimension into account. In this article, we aim to delimit and understand the power-related enabling...

1 April 2019