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Ed Laws

Research Fellow

  • Politics and Governance
Portrait of Ed Laws

Ed joined ODI in February 2018, having worked as a researcher for the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) and the University of Birmingham. He specialises in political economy and political settlements analysis.

Ed has a particular interest in politically smart approaches to aid delivery, flexible and adaptive programming in fragile and conflict-affected settings, and the politics of justice, security and the rule of law. He has designed and led fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, Somaliland, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Kyrgyzstan.

Ed leads a range of research and advisory projects at ODI, including Lessons for Peace: Afghanistan, which provides independent analysis, convening, and research to international partners.

  1. 'Fake seeds cost us money': Learning from Traction’s adaptive approach to changing the stakes for farmers in Malawi

    Case/country studies

  2. Adapting to fragility: Lessons from practitioners

    Research reports

  3. Lessons for peace: engaging with Afghanistan after four decades of conflict and one year of new Taliban administration

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Working politically on economic problems in Kyrgyzstan: lessons from Support to Jogorku Kenesh (S2JK)

    Research reports

  5. Recalibrating relations in Afghanistan: collective action by international actors

    Research reports

  6. Innovations in Donor Bureaucracies and the Implications for Peacebuilding Financing

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. LearnAdapt: a synthesis of our work on adaptive programming with DFID/FCDO (2017–2020)

    Briefing/policy papers

  8. Value for money and adaptive programming: approaches, measures and management

    Working papers

  9. The ingredients of successful adaptive programming in Tanzania: a QCA analysis

    Research reports

  10. The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) merger and the future of adaptive programming

  11. Justice, the rule of law and Covid-19: three expert views

  12. Lessons from Institutions for Inclusive Development in Tanzania

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. Research in Somalia: opportunities for cooperation

    Research reports

  14. Diverse pathways to justice for all: supporting everyday justice providers to achieve SDG 16.3

    Research reports

  15. What does the evidence tell us about ‘thinking and working politically’ in development assistance?


  16. #AdaptDev workshop 3: value for money and adaptive management


  17. #AdaptDev workshop 2: Managing the donor-implementer relationship


  18. Working in fragile states: learning from the Somalia Stability Fund

  19. Thinking and working politically in Somalia: a case study on the Somalia Stability Fund

    Research reports

  20. Thinking and working politically: Reviewing the evidence on the integration of politics into development practice over the past decade

    Working papers