Brendan Whitty


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Key Research Interests

I am interested in the techno-politics of the international development sector: in the play of power and expertise within development organisations and interventions. I am also interested in the intersection of the international development sector and broader capitalist processes.

  • I am a Co-I on an ESRC funded projects, 'Development contractors and consultants: For-profit companies in the changing world of 'Aidland'" with Professor Emma Mawdsley as PI. 
  • I am collaborating with Dr Arun Kumar on contestation and negotation of management approaches in the UK aid sector

Academic Background

I received my LLB at the University of Edinburgh in 2001, where I received the Lord Cooper Memorial Prize. I received an LLM at Columbia University in the State of New York in 2003. I was awarded a PhD at the University of East Anglia in 2016. I am a social scientist with a focus in the sociology of knowledge in international development.


Following three years conducting research in Afghanistan (2004-2006), I spent four years working on the accountability of international development agencies. I have also extensive experience evaluating aid interventions, primarily governance projects.