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

    Briefing/policy papers

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

    Working papers

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

    Research reports

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

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

  6. Lessons from Institutions for Inclusive Development in Tanzania

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Research in Somalia: opportunities for cooperation

    Research reports

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

    Research reports

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


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


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


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

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

    Research reports

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

    Working papers

  15. Getting to universal health coverage: the importance of deep politics

  16. Political settlements and pathways to universal health coverage

    Working papers