I study the emergence of social movements and campaigns that seek to address socio-political inequalities. I have recently completed my PhD in Government [Political Science] at the University of Essex. My dissertation research focuses on nonviolent resistance, when violent and non-violent conflicts are more likely, as well as state responses to protest events. I utilise both, cross-national samples as well as case studies data in my research. I am currently working as a Research Assistant for the Catalyst Project, University of Essex, Department of Government.
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I study how social identity affects electoral accountability, the functioning of government, and political behaviour. My work lies at the intersection of Political Economy, Political Behaviour, Experimental Methods, and Political Psychology. In my research I build on strategic and behavioural theories of principal-agent relationships and voting. I implement experiments to analyse how individuals evaluate their politicians’ performance, when they discriminate in favour of their social group, how they make redistributive allocation decisions, or how they coordinate their choices with their peers.
I study the political economy of disasters and international development. I live in the UK and focus much of my current work on evaluating development programs locally and in Sub-Saharan Africa. I examine programs designed to build resilience and adapt to climate change, as well as social programs aimed at improving the lives of underserved populations (isolated persons, single mothers, victims of domestic abuse, homeless), and their effects on community resilience, political trust, public opinion, and more.