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Advisory Panel biographies

Jo Beall

Jo Beall is Director of the Development Studies Institute (DESTIN), Professor of Development Studies, London School of Economics

Jo is a political sociologist and specialist on development policy, urban local governance and gender and social exclusion. She has conducted extensive research in Africa and Asia and advised and conducted research for a range of international development agencies. A senior researcher in the Crisis States Research Centre in DESTIN ( her current research interests include cities in conflict and local responses to state fragility. She is author of Funding Local Governance (2005); co-author of Uniting a Divided City: Governance and Social Exclusion in Johannesburg (2002); and editor of the following collections; On the Discourse of Terrorism, Security and Development, Policy Arena of Journal of International Development (2006); Fragile Stability? State and Society in Democratic South Africa, Special Issue of Journal of Southern African Studies (2005); and A City for All: Valuing Difference and Working with Diversity (1997).

Mike Battcock

Mike Battcock works in the Civil Society Team in the Department for International Development (DFID). He has 20 years experience working with civil society organisations. This has ranged from working on small scale spice processing in Sri Lanka for 3 years to small business development in Bangladesh. With Intermediate Technology Development group he has worked with civil society organisations in many countries including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Peru. With Natural Resources International, he was an adviser for the DFID Crop Post Harvest Research Programme.

In 2000, he joined the Civil Society Department in the Department for International Development (DFID). He has worked on a range of areas including the Civil Society Challenge Fund, Partnership Programme Agreements and producing guidance material for DFID country offices.

Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett has been the General Secretary of BOND, the network of UK-based international development NGOs, for almost ten years. In this role he oversees development of network activities to encourage and enable collective advocacy on development issues, and the collective pursuit of excellence in NGO work. In this capacity he was Chair of the Coordination Team for the Make Poverty History campaign during 2005.

With a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a Masters degree in the economics of less developed countries, he has worked all his working life for NGOs, including VSO and the Catholic Institute for International Relations. He has lived and worked in the Philippines and Malawi and travelled extensively in the course of his work.

Belinda Calaguas

Belinda Calaguas is the new Director of Policy and Campaigns at ActionAid. Before this, she was Head of Policy at WaterAid where she worked for eight years developing the organisation's advocacy work. She trained as a journalist in the Philippines and has been involved in various non-government organizations and networks as writer, organiser, trainer and programme manager working on urban poor, farmers and women's issues.

She moved to Britain in 1993 and became the Coordinator of a borough-wide alliance of migrant and refugee community groups in London's Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Belinda is a member of the International Working Group of the Water Dialogues, a global multi-stakeholder review of private sector participation in water supply & sanitation in developing countries. She has an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Richard Graham

After studying social anthropology at Manchester University, Richard Graham spent two years with an Egyptian NGO working with the Beja nomads in the south eastern desert of Egypt. For the next 10 years he spent most of his time working with Oxfam in some capacity - in Sudan and Afghanistan co-ordinating their emergency relief programmes and in Australia on their emergency relief desk. This was interspersed with a spell at Survival International as a campaigner for the rights of indigenous people. 

Since 1992 Richard has worked with Comic Relief, a UK based grant maker. He is responsible for managing the international grants programme with an annual budget of around £25 million. This involves developing new grant making initiatives, assessing grants and having overall responsibility for a portfolio of over 300 grants. He is also developing and implementing a strategy to learn effectively from what we fund and mechanisms to share this with others. 

Adrian Leftwich 

Adrian Leftwich is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. He works mainly in the field of the politics and economic development and has published widely in that area, with particular reference to developmental states, the politics of governance and the institutional complexities of combining development and democracy. From August 2006 he will be co-director of the DFID-funded research consortium on institutions for pro-poor growth.

Recent publications include States of Development (Polity Press 2000) and articles in New Political Economy and Democratization

Pauline Martin

Pauline Martin is Director of Planning and Development with Oxfam International, the Confederation of twelve Oxfams. She is responsible for facilitating global level programme cooperation and for supporting learning and organisational development. Her work takes her to Africa, Asia, Latin America and Middle East Prior to this she worked with Oxfam GB as a senior programme manager based  in Oxford and as Regional Representative for Central America, Mexico and Caribbean based in Mexico. 

With a degree in Spanish and a Masters degree in Rights and Education, Pauline's development background is mainly in Mexico, Central and South America. She lived in the region for 14 years and has lived in Ecuador, Chile, Mexico and El Salvador. She has worked extensively on programme and policy issues related to human rights, refugees, displaced people, and rights based community development. 

Allister McGregor

Allister McGregor is Director of the UK ESRC-funded funded Research Group on Well-Being in Developing Countries (WeD) and is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics and International Development at the University of the Bath.

The WeD research group is developing a conceptual and methodological framework for understanding the social and cultural construction of well-being in developing countries. The group is working with research partners in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Peru and Thailand to carry out detailed empirical research in rural and urban communities in each country.

He has a disciplinary background in economics and social anthropology and has extensive experience of primary fieldwork in South and Southeast Asia. His main research interest has been in the ways that policy processes in developing countries work and, in particular, how the formulation and implementation of development policies impact upon poor people. His work has also involved scrutiny of projects and programmes funded by a range of international donors, as well as both international and national NGOs. Recently he co-edited a Special Issue of Global Social Policy on 'Human Well-being' with Ian Gough and contributed an article to that titled 'Researching Well-Being: Communicating Between the Needs of Policy Makers and the Needs of People.' (Global Social Policy, 4, 3. pp337-358). He has co-edited a volume with Gough titled Well-Being in Developing Countries: New Approaches and Research Strategies which will be published by Cambridge University Press in later 2006.


Maxine Molyneux

Maxine Molyneux is Professor of Sociology at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she directs an MSc. in Globalization and Development and teaches courses on development policy and practice in Latin America.

She has written in the fields of political sociology, gender studies and development policy, and has published books on Latin America, Ethiopia and South Yemen. She has a long association with UNRISD where she has served as a Senior Consultant to research programmes on human rights, gender and poverty and social policy. Her recent books include: Women's Movements in International Perspective: Latin America and Beyond. Palgrave 2000 ; Gender Justice, Development and Rights (with S. Razavi) OUP 2002; Doing the Rights Thing: Rights-based Development and Latin American NGOs (with S. Lazar) Intermediate Technology Group Publications, Autumn 2003; The Hidden Histories of Gender and the State in Latin America ed. (with E. Dore), Duke University Press, 2000 and Gender and the Politics of Rights and Democracy in Latin America (with N. Craske) Palgrave 2001


Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University where he works on issues of international security, specialising in energy security, the evolution of political violence and the development of the "war on terror". He is a consultant to an independent NGO think tank, Oxford Research Group, and has worked with numerous peace and security NGOs. Paul is a member of the Peace Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.


Jan Aart Scholte

Jan Aart Scholte, Co-Director of CSGR since January 2005, was previously Acting Director from July 2003. He is also Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Before coming to the University of Warwick in 1999, he worked at the University of Sussex, Brighton and the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. Jan Aart has also held visiting positions at Cornell University, the London School of Economics, the International Monetary Fund and the Moscow School of Economics. In 2006-7 he will be Olof Palme Visiting Professor based at the University of Gothenburg.

Jan Aart is author of Globalization: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005 second edition), Civil Society and Global Democracy (Polity, forthcoming 2006) and International Relations of Social Change (Open University Press, 1993), co-author of Contesting Global Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2000), editor of Civil Society and Global Finance (Routledge, 2002), and co-editor of The Encyclopaedia of Globalization (Routledge, forthcoming 2006), as well as some 80 articles, chapters and working papers. He is also an editor of the journal Global Governance. His current research focuses on questions of governing a more global world, including the coordination of a project on Civil Society and Global Accountability.

Among other positions Jan Aart is a member of the Steering Committee of the Globalization Studies Network and serves on advisory boards of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, the ESRC Non Governmental Public Action Programme, the Global Accountability Project of the One World Trust, the Globalization and Autonomy Project of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the United Nations University Comparative Regional Integration Studies Programme.

Diana Whitworth

Diana Whitworth was a member of the ESRC's Strategic Research Board where she chaired the NGPA commissioning group. She has a background in the voluntary and consumer sectors.

She is currently co-director of a small charity, Grandparents Plus, that aims to raise awareness of the role of grandparents and the extended family in the development of children. She was chief executive of Carers UK for five years, was director of communications for the National Consumer Council for ten years, and worked for Citizens Advice for eight years. She is currently a trustee of Odyssey Trust, a charity which provides crisis and rehabilitation services for drug users in London.

Diana is committed to improving the experience of people using health and social services and chaired the External Reference Group that developed the National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions. She is a member of the NHS Service Delivery and Organisation R and D Programme Board, sits on the Connecting for Health Implementation Board as the patient and public representative, and chairs the Skills for Health Workforce Group for long term neurological conditions.

Diana is also a member of the Advertising Standards Authority and of the Big Lottery Fund Board.


Karl Wilding

Karl Wilding, Head of Research, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
NCVO's research programme covers work on public services, individual giving, active citizenship and Third Sector Foresight, a futures programme for the sector. Publications include the Voluntary Sector Almanac, and he is a trustee of ARVAC and Charities Evaluation Services.|

Fiona Williams

Fiona is Professor of Social Policy in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, and Director of the ESRC Care, Values and Future of Welfare Research Group. She has written widely on gender, 'race', ethnicity, and class in relation to social policy. Central to her work is a concern to find ways in which people, especially those who have been marginalized, can themselves define the nature of the problems they face. Her publications also include work on learning disability, postmodernism and feminism, on masculinities, and on new approaches to researching poverty and social exclusion. She is the author of Social Policy: A Critical Introduction. Issues of 'Race', Gender and Class (Polity Press, 1989); co-editor (with Dorothy Atkinson) of 'Know me as I am': An Anthology of Prose, Poetry and Art from People with Learning Difficulties (Hodder and Stoughton, 1990); (with Joanna Bornat et al) Community Care: A Reader, (Macmillan, 1993 and 1997); and (with Ann Oakley and Jennie Popay) Welfare Research: A Critical Review (UCL Press, 1999). June 2004 saw the launch of her most recent book - Rethinking Families - which is published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Fiona is the ESRC Strategic Research Board Liaison Member for the NGPA Programme.