Aled Williams is a political scientist with a background in international relations and political philosophy. He is responsible for U4's thematic work on Corruption in Natural Resource Management and REDD Integrity.
Williams' current work concentrates on the effectiveness of development aid policy in relation to corruption in particular natural resource contexts, sectors and programmes. Williams has experience in research, policy analysis, project management and both online and in-country training. He has undertaken research-focused and capacity building assignments in Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Macedonia, Mozambique, Pakistan, South Africa, and Vietnam.
He holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury (United Kingdom). He has previously served as a policy researcher for Transparency International, based in Berlin, where he developed the organization's first working- and policy-paper series.
Williams is co-editor with Tina Søreide of the book "Corruption, Grabbing and Development: Real World Challenges" forthcoming in 2014 from Edward Elgar Publishing. He has also served as an external examiner for the universities of Bergen and Oslo, and as a referee for international journals including "World Development". From September 2013 he will engage in a part-time PhD at SOAS University of London supervised by Prof. Peter Mollinga. The PhD thesis will focus on political and social accountability in national REDD+ programmes in Indonesia and Vietnam.