I am a historian and political scientist with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. I joined the Open University in February 2016 as a Lecturer in International Development and Inclusive Innovation. Prior to this I lectured at the University of Northampton.
I have a BA History and Politics and an MSc African Studies from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Development Studies (2013) from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
My research concerns politics, security and development in sub-Saharan Africa. I am particularly interested in the role of 'informal' institutions in local governance, the politics of development, and the policing of political and economic change.
My PhD explored community policing initiatives in Tanzania. During a year's fieldwork in Mwanza I investigated how the city's residents perceive and use local security providers, the challenges to sustaining participation in community-based service delivery, and the relationship between policing and multi-party politics at local and national levels.