María José Romero is a PhD candidate in Development Economics at SOAS University of London. She has a BA and MSc in political science from the University of the Republic of Uruguay. Since 2012 she has worked for the European Network on Development (Eurodad), a Brussels-based non-governmental organisation, as a Policy and Advocacy Manager on publicly-backed private finance and development finance institutions. This includes extensive work on public-private partnerships (PPPs) and blended finance at the European and global level. She has authored several articles and civil society reports on development finance and comparative politics in Latin America.