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Lisa Denney

Research Associate

Politics and Governance

Portrait of Lisa Denney

Lisa has worked with the g7+ Group of Fragile States since 2011 and manages the Sierra Leone country programme of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, examining capacity building in the nutrition sector. She also leads streams of research related to community policing and the politics of security and justice programming.

Lisa completed her PhD in International Politics at Aberystwyth University in 2010, with a thesis focusing on the challenges of engaging informal security and justice actors in DFID’s policing and justice reform programmes in Sierra Leone. She has undertaken research in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste and is the author of Justice and Security Reform: Development Agencies and Informal Institutions in Sierra Leone, published with Routledge in 2014.cusing on high level politics and centralised states.

  1. Ebola, health systems, and the human face of capacity

  2. Ebola: a humanitarian crisis and development wake-up call?


  3. After Ebola: why and how capacity support to Sierra Leone’s health sector needs to change

    Research reports

  4. After Ebola: towards a smarter model of capacity building

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. ‘Blind spots’ in aid programming, combined with national government failures, created a weak health system unable to respond to the Ebola shock.

    Press Release

  6. Beyond the medical crisis: the politics of Ebola in Sierra Leone

  7. As Ebola is contained, what’s next for Sierra Leone?

  8. Community policing? Achieving more realistic results

  9. Securing communities: redefining community policing to achieve results

    Research reports

  10. Doing security and justice sector reform differently: what, why and how?


  11. Security progress in post-conflict contexts: between liberal peacebuilding and elite interests

    Research reports

  12. UK Development Assistance for Security and Justice

    Research reports

  13. Indonesia regresses with the use of the death penalty

  14. Achieving security progress in post-conflict contexts


  15. Security sector stabilisation


  16. Community policing through bicycle patrolling in Sri Lanka: an incipient post-conflict strategy

    Research reports

  17. State capacity and malnutrition: a critical analysis of capacity support to Sierra Leone's nutrition sector

    Book/book chapter

  18. Politically smart and locally led justice programming: learning from other sectors

    Research reports

  19. Finding ‘evidence’ for what works in security and justice programming


  20. Mapping Sierra Leone’s plural health system and how people navigate it

    Briefing/policy papers

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