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
Williams has experience in research, policy analysis, project management and both online and in-country training. He has undertaken policy-oriented research and governance-related capacity building assignments with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental actors in Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Macedonia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Vietnam, and Zambia. His main research interests lie in Southeast Asia.
He was previously a Senior Research Coordinator at the global anti-graft NGO Transparency International based in Berlin. At TI he worked on the first Global Corruption Report, established TI's first working and policy position paper series, coordinated a series of National Integrity System country studies in collaboration with TI's Asia Pacific Department, and worked with the OECD-ADB Anti-Corruption Initiative on corruption risks in humanitarian aid following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, producing a volume co-edited with Gretta Fenner.
He is co-editor with economist Tina Søreide of the book "Corruption, Grabbing and Development: Real World Challenges" (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014). He has also served as an external examiner for the University of Bergen and University of Oslo, and as a reviewer for international journals including "World Development", "International Forestry Review" and "Forum for Development Studies".
He holds a BA in the History of Ideas and English Literature from the University of Wales, Cardiff, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Since September 2013 he is engaged in a part-time PhD at SOAS University of London, Department of Development Studies, supervised by Prof. Peter Mollinga. The PhD thesis provides a critical political ecology perspective on REDD+ as it is evolving in Indonesia, and involves fieldwork at two village sites in Central Sulawesi as well as Jakarta.