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.
5 Sep 2019
Curbing illicit financial flows through development cooperation, mutual legal assistance, and financial transparency.
17 Jul 2019
Electricity demand spurs corruption in Kenya. Addressing the problems requires looking at planning stages of electrification initiatives, and project implementation style.
3 Jan 2019
Donor strategies for reducing corruption in Cambodia need to be clear about how interventions will deliver democratic dividends.
27 Dec 2018
Without donor intervention, the costs of disaster insurance for poor communities bearing the brunt of climate change is prohibitive, and in general insurance coverage among the poor in developing coun...
14 Oct 2018
Understanding how this case occurred, its prospects for justice, and feasible follow-up actions.