I am a Research Fellow at the International Development Department of the University of Birmingham. I am currently working on a collaborative project with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. That project, which has produced a series of policy papers and academic articles, aims to strengthen the evidence base that underpins parliamentary strengthening, political party assistance and civil society support. My broader research interests include the politics of development and comparative democratization, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa. My research has appeared in several journals, including 'Journal of Development Studies' and 'African Affairs.'