Ed Laws completed a PhD in Politics at the University of York. He subsequently worked as a postgraduate and postdoctoral teaching assistant on courses on politics and on political theory at York, before working as a researcher with the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP). Ed published a number of papers for the DLP on a range of topics related to leadership, power and political reform. Between 2016 and 2018 Ed worked as a Research Fellow at the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham. His recent research has focused on thinking and working politically in fragile and conflict-affected countries, the politics of universal health coverage, environmental sustainability in the informal sector, and the governance implications of private sector development. Ed has fieldwork experience in Kenya, Tanzania, Somaliland, Afghanistan and Nepal.