Dr Mathilde R L Maitrot

Honorary Research Fellow

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I joined the Global Development Institute in February 2017 as a GCRF Post-Doctoral Fellow. My research seeks to identify some of the means and processes through which civil society navigates the shifting and uncertain dynamics of political settlement. Exploring this in the context the Southern constituencies is all the more critical for understanding the nature of the relationships between politics and socio-economic development.

Theoretically, my research is broadly concerned with understanding the political economy of development. It is closely aligned with the core interests of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) at Manchester. Geographically, I am particularly interested in studying the changing interconnections and mearnings of state-citizen relationships, civil society and international development agencies and their implications for Bangladesh’s development.


Prior to that, I was a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at Bath University (2016-2017), convening both undergraduates and post-graduate courses. This appointment followed from a two year Research Associate position in the same department from 2014-2016 during which I supervised qualitative research and engaged in policy processes on extreme poverty in Bangladesh through supporting a DFID Challenge Fund called EEP/Shiree together with Dr Joe Devine and Professor Geof Wood. 

In 2014 I completed my PhD under the supervision of Professor David Hulme at IDPM (now GDI), the University of Manchester. My doctoral research explored the relationship between the workings of microfinance institutions, rural livelihoods, and poverty reduction in rural Bangladesh.


Contact me at: mathilde.maitrot@manchester.ac.uk

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2017 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, The Higher Education Academy (HEA)

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