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University of Birmingham
Development politics, governance, corruption/anti-corruption, aid policy, developmental leadership, political economy
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About Me

Heather Marquette is Director of the Developmental Leadership Program. She is Reader in Development Politics in the International Development Department, University of Birmingham. A political scientist by training, she has extensive international experience in research, policy advice, consultancy and training on the politics of de-velopment, governance, corruption, political analysis, and aid policy. Her research includes work on Afghanistan, Ghana, India, Kenya and Nigeria. Her work has been published in Third World Quarterly, Political Studies, and Public Administration & Development, among others, and she is the author of Corruption, Politics and Development: The Role of the World Bank (Palgrave Macmillan). Heather is also Academic Director of GSDRC (the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre). GSDRC is a research and knowledge management centre specialising in governance, social development, humanitarian and conflict issues. 

Recent Publications



‘”Empowered patient” or “doctor knows best”? Political economy analysis and ownership’, Development in Practice (with Jonathan Fisher), 26(1): 115-126, 2016.

‘Thinking and Working Politically: From theory building to building an evidence base’ (with Niheer Dasandi & Mark Robinson), DLP Research Paper, 37, 2016, available at

‘Everyday Political Analysis’ (with David Hudson & Sam Waldock), DLP Research Paper, 2016, available at

‘Theoretical (Mis)understanding? Applying Principal-Agent and Collective Action Theories to the Problem of Corruption in Systematically Corrupt Countries’ (with Caryn Peiffer), in Ethics in Public Policy and Management, ed. Alan Lawton, Zeger van der Wal & Leo Huberts, London: Routledge, 2015.

‘Corruption and Post-Conflict Reconstruction’ (with Laurence Cooley), in Handbook of International Security and Development, ed. Paul Jackson, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.

‘Religion, Ethics and Corruption: Field Evidence from India and Nigeria’ in Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption, ed. Paul Heywood, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

‘Religion and Attitudes Towards Corruption in India: A Collective Action Problem?’ (with Vinod Pavarala & Kanchan K. Malik), Development in Practice, 24(7): 854-866, 2014.

‘Mind the Gaps: What’s missing in political economy analysis and why it matters’ (with David Hudson), in A Governance Practitioner’s Notebook: Alternative Ideas and Approaches, ed. Alan Whaites, Eduardo Gonzalez, Sara Fyson & Graham Teskey, Paris: OECD, 2015, available at

‘DFID experiences and innovations in working with political settlements’ (with Sian Herbert), DLP/GSDRC discussion paper, 2015 (not for public distribution).

‘Corruption and Collective Action’ (with Caryn Peiffer), DLP Research Paper 32, 2015, available at

‘Elite Attitudes Towards Cash Transfers and the Poor in Malawi’ (with Chipiliro Kalebe-Nyamongo), DLP Research Paper 30, 2015, available at

‘Corruption, Religion and Moral Development in Developing Countries’ in Handbook of Research on Development and Religion, ed. Matthew Clarke, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013.

‘Communication in anti-corruption work: Articulating messages to structure a communications plan’, OECD-DAC, November 2014, available at

‘Using Action Research and Learning for Politically Informed Programming’ (with Michael O’Keefe, John Sidel, Chris Roche, David Hudson & Niheer Dasandi), DLP Research Paper 29, 2014, available at

‘Donors Understanding Governance and Corruption Through Political Economy Analysis: From Process to Product (and back again?)’ (with Jonathan Fisher), DLP Research Paper 28, 2014, available at

‘Marrying Fragile States and Aid Policy: Civil Partnership or Irreconcilable Differences?’ (with Zoe Scott & Claire Mcloughlin), Crime, Law & Social Change, 58(5): 509-519, 2012.

‘”Finding God” or “Moral Disengagement” in the Fight Against Corruption in Developing Countries? Evidence from India and Nigeria’, Public Administration and Development, 32(1): 11-26, 2012.

‘Donors, State-building and Corruption: Lessons from Afghanistan and the Implications for Aid Policy’ Third World Quarterly 32(10): 1871-1890, 2011.

‘Introduction: State-building, Security and Development: State-building as a new development paradigm?’ (with Danielle Beswick), Third World Quarterly 32(10): 1703-1714, 2011.



Media Coverage

‘Beyond the limits: Can we think and work politically to achieve the SDGs?’ OECD Institutions & Stability blog, 4 February 2016, available at

‘Is fighting corruption like fighting zombies?’ Guardian, 13 October 2015, available at

‘What are governance advisors missing with “Political Economy Analysis”? How can they do better?’ (with David Hudson). Oxfam FP2P blog, 8 October 2015, available at

‘Development cooperation and fighting corruption: thinking differently’. DLP Opinions, 24 June 2015, available at

‘Reforming FIFA: what can we learn from experience with (other) corrupt autocrats?’ (with Paul Jackson), Oxfam FP2P blog, 11 June 2015, available at

‘Communicating anti-corruption messages in development’, OECD Institutions & Stability Blog, 9 March 2015, available at

‘Corruption: unpacking the black box of political will’ (with Caryn Peiffer). DLP Opinions, 12 January 2015, available at

‘Fixing aid: we can’t turn off the tap at the first sign of corruption’, The Conversation, 10 November 2014, available at

‘Was UK aid watchdog right to accuse DfID of failing to tackle corruption?’ (with Richard Mallett & Mick Moore). Guardian, 5 November 2014, available at

‘Do donors have realistic expectations of their staff when it comes to “thinking and working politically”?’ DLP Opinions, 9 June 2014, available at

‘Bringing political economy analysis in from the cold’. DLP Opinions, 6 May 2014, available at

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