I work as a departmental lecturer (assistant professor) in public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, where I teach the graduate politics course. My research seeks to characterise and explain the often invisible effects of corruption, and to evaluate the impacts of transparency and more comprehensive integrity programmes. If you would like to know more about Oxford University's Building Integrity Programme, please visit our research group page; the concept of institutional integrity is explained in this short video.


  I have various research projects on the go at any one time. Currently, I am running various Covid-19 studies, as part of the core OxCGRT team. In normal times, I oversee two field experiments in Brazil to measure what it is about institutions that encourages different sectors of society to trust them. One of these projects delves more specifically into figuring out how to improve local government transparency. I also dabble in spatial econometrics, write and edit case studies, and have a few gender projects with Malu Gatto of University College London.

  You can read more my work on how revelations of corruption affect women's representation in local government a recent issue of the Oxford Government Review. The short answer is that it depends on who finds out about corruption. Tell the world and women are more likely to stand in mayoral elections, and more likely to win more votes than they otherwise would have been. But little happens if only elites learn about corruption -- and sometimes, when information about incumbent corruption is kept within small circles, women report being discouraged from participating in formal politics. The corruption data I use in some of this research is described in this Foreign Policy article.