My research seeks to characterise and explain the often invisible effects of corruption, as well as those of programmes to increase transparency and integrity. Currently I'm a researcher in the Blavatnik School of Government's Building Integrity team, and a departmental lecturer in public policy.


  You can read more my work on how revelations of corruption affect women's representation in local government here. The short answer is that it depends on who finds out about the corruption. Tell the world and women are more likely to stand in mayoral elections and do better than they otherwise would have. But if only elites learn about corruption, women tend hold back their potential candidacies and votes for them wither proportionately. The corruption data I use in some of this research is described in this Foreign Policy article.

  I have various other research projects on the go. I dabble in spatial econometrics, and have a few research grants to test ideas about what drives trust in public institutions, and the impacts of various forms of transparency. At the moment, Malu Gatto, of the University of Zurich and I are running a bunch of surveys over Facebook to measure gender stereotyping. I'm also working with my DPhil supervisor, Tim Power, and Rodrigo Rodrigues-Silveira of the University of Salamanca to look at associations between municipal violence in Brazil and local politicians' facial masculinity.