I'm a political scientist working on aid, corruption, governance, and natural resources, particularly political economy and political ecology approaches to the forestry sector and extractive industries. I'm responsible for U4's thematic work on Corruption in natural resources and energy and International drivers of corruption.
I do research on the uneven politics of natural resource-driven development, with a particular interest in issues of corruption, access, legitimation and control in the forest and extractive sectors. I’m currently completing a part-time PhD programme with fieldwork in Indonesia. Other countries that I’ve gathered experience in are Albania, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Macedonia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Vietnam, and Zambia.
I'm co-editor of the books "Corruption, Grabbing and Development: Real World Challenges" (with Prof. Tina Søreide, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014) and "Corruption, Natural Resources and Development: From Resource Curse to Political Ecology" (with Prof. Philippe Le Billon, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017). You can see all my publications on the CMI profile page.
I started working for U4 in 2007, and prior to that I was a Senior Research Coordinator at Transparency International in Berlin.
19 Dec 2019
TNRC Introductory overview. Due to corruption, law enforcement-based approaches to conservation and natural resource management can have unpredictable or unintended consequences, eg biased enforcement of laws.
19 Dec 2019
TNRC Introductory overview. Anti-corruption initiatives in natural resource governance institutions should explicitly integrate an assumption that corrupt actors will push back.
17 Jul 2019
Electricity demand spurs corruption in Kenya. Addressing the problems requires looking at planning stages of electrification initiatives, and project implementation style.
14 Oct 2018
Understanding how this case occurred, its prospects for justice, and feasible follow-up actions.
6 Feb 2018
Cities are introducing urban governance initiatives to reduce corruption. To achieve the SDGs, donors should review their portfolios to consider which initiatives can advance anti-corruption efforts.