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Aoife McCullough

Research Associate

Global Risks and Resilience

Portrait of Aoife McCullough

While a Research Fellow with ODI's Politics and Governance programme, Aoife led a multi-country series of case studies exploring the link between service delivery and state legitimacy as part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. She is currently a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics, focusing on the presence of foreign militaries and state legitimacy in Niger. She holds an MSc in Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin.

  1. Poverty research in Niger: lessons via WhatsApp

  2. Resilience and sustainable poverty escapes in Niger: national report

    Working papers

  3. Non-state actors in governance systems: friend or foe?


  4. Gatekeepers, elders and accountability in Somalia

    Research reports

  5. Environmental Impact Assessments in developing countries: we need to talk about politics


  6. Legitimacy: the dark matter of international development

  7. Why supporting sharia in Niger is not an extreme position

  8. Are public services the building blocks of state legitimacy? Input to the World Bank's 2017 World Development Report

    Working papers

  9. Understanding trajectories of radicalisation in Niger

    Research reports

  10. Governing extractives at the local level


  11. The risks of supporting rule of law in fragile states


  12. Reinvesting in mining communities seems like a no-brainer. It’s not.

  13. Direct democracy: lessons from Trump and Brexit for international development

  14. Harnessing the private and non-profit sectors in security and justice programming


  15. Using insights on governance reform to achieve economic transformation: lessons from Nepal and Nigeria

  16. Advancing the governance of extractives at the local level: towards politically smart support

    Briefing/policy papers

  17. Pourquoi nous devons engager les dirigeants musulmans qui critiquent la démocratie libérale

  18. Why we need to engage with Muslim leaders who critique liberal democracy

  19. The political economy of voter engagement in Niger

    Research reports

  20. Women and power: shaping the development of Kenya's 2010 constitution

    Research reports