Key Research Interests
Social development; Christianity; state; politics; rural development; Southern Africa; Malawi.
My research uses ethnography to explore rural development and change in Southern Africa. I am particularly interested in how institutions such as chieftiancy, family, and the church intersect with states and markets to shape development and change at the local level. Most of my research is based on long-term fiedlwork in rural Malawi.
I completed my PhD in the Department of International Development at UEA in 2016. The PhD was funded by the ESRC. I then took the role of Centre for Development Studies Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Soical and Policy Sciences Department at the University of Bath. On finishing that post I moved back to UEA in the Autumn of 2018 to take up a Lectureship in International Development and Anthropology.