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.