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Andrew Norton

Director of Research

Portrait of Andrew Norton

Andrew Norton is ODI’s Director of Research. A social anthropologist by training, Andrew carried out his doctoral fieldwork in a farming community in Mali, and has since worked extensively on issues of poverty, vulnerability, social protection, citizen participation, political economy analysis, aid effectiveness, natural resource management and social policy.

Andrew’s role at ODI is to support the Programme Teams to develop relevant and challenging research agendas. He works with the rest of the management team to develop systems and strategies that will enable ODI to engage effectively in global development debates and fulfil its mission.

ODI is familiar territory for Andrew, who was one of the original team that established the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure at ODI in 1999. He was the Head of Profession for Social Development at the UK Department for International Development, and a Lead Social Scientist within the World Bank, before joining ODI in September 2010. At the World Bank Andrew led on a range of issues for the Social Development Department, including a major multi-donor work programme on Poverty and Social Impact Analysis.

Andrew has been involved in three major publications from the World Bank over the last year. He co-edited a flagship volume with Robin Mearns: The Social Dimensions of Climate Change: Equity and Vulnerability in a Warming World (World Bank 2010). He led a joint research project with the Global Urban Research Centre at Manchester University on Pro-poor Adaptation to Climate Change in Urban Centres (Moser, Norton, Stein and Georgieva) based on participatory research in Kenya and Nicaragua. The study highlighted the fact that – while extreme weather ‘disaster’ events often receive research, media and policy attention – less dramatic slow, incremental impacts of severe weather are equally important in terms of their cumulative impact on human wellbeing.

Building on his interest in the interface between human rights and development, Andrew also worked with colleagues on Building Equality and Opportunity through Social Guarantees: New Approaches to Public Policy and the Realization of Rights (Gacitua-Mario, Norton and Georgieva). This examined policy innovations for equitable development in South Africa and Latin America that strengthen the capacity of citizens to make claims against clearly expressed guarantees of service delivery, quality and responsiveness. Key case studies include health reforms in Chile that have piloted a ‘social guarantees’ approach, and the role of the courts in promoting social change in South Africa.

  1. No taxation, plenty of representation: the G8, hyper-elites and global governance

  2. Shining a light on land deals: sharing lessons for transparency

  3. The G8 and development – what is the scorecard?

  4. Large-scale land acquisition — can we overcome transparency’s ‘dirty secret’?

  5. ‘The fish rots from the head down’: the global drugs trade and the erosion of the Malian state

  6. European Union balance of competences: development cooperation and humanitarian aid report

    Working papers

  7. Conflict and intervention in Mali: the humanitarian consequences


  8. Women and climate change – time to change for good

    Briefing/policy papers

  9. The ‘golden thread’, reactions from the US, and Obama’s second-term development agenda

  10. Inclusive and sustainable development: challenges, opportunities, policies and partnerships

    Research reports

  11. The UK aid budget: is this the end of the Gleneagles Consensus?

  12. ODI's online strategy and research: how they work together

  13. The future face of development: building inclusive growth into a post-2015 framework


  14. Development, fragility and human rights

    Research reports

  15. Report launch - IMF Regional Economic Outlook for Africa: 'Sustaining Growth amid Global Uncertainty'


  16. Understanding poverty and wellbeing: a note with implications for research and policy

    Research reports

  17. The shifting dynamics of poverty – how do we research poverty and wellbeing in a changing world?

  18. Citizens and service delivery: assessing the use of social accountability approaches in the human development sectors


  19. Talking politics and development – new ways to appreciate progress

  20. Putting politics into practice? Political economy analysis and the practice of development