I currently work for the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research institute at Manchester. Among other tasks, I am carrying out a critical meta-review of ESID’s research findings on social justice and inclusive development. I also lecture on the Politics, Governance and Development Policy pathway in the Development Fieldwork module.
My research interests are at the meeting point between normative theory – particularly political philosophy – and practice/policy disciplines, such as international development and public policy. Rigorous normative theory can help to clarify and critique the language, values, and goals of a field of practice or policy. Meanwhile, improved insight into the real-world mechanisms that produce inequality, poverty, and so on can help to build more insightful normative and philosophical accounts of values such as equality and justice.
A particular longer-term focus, on the theoretical side, is on the development (building on the on-going work of many others) of a critical relational egalitarianism, and related questions of social ontology. More practically I am interested in social policy and in institutional experiments in democratisation, as well as the country-specific case of Brazil, stemming from my fieldwork relating to participatory-democratic mechanisms in Brazil's social assistance sector.
I organised a workshop held at Manchester in November 2018, ‘Rethinking social justice and the public realm: what can relational approaches offer?’, from which a journal special issue on this theme is being developed.
I was recently Editorial Assistant for the forthcoming Oxford University Press Oxford Handbook of the Brazilian Economy, and I also have editorial duties for the Journal of Development Studies and for the ESID working paper series.