Richard Batley is Emeritus Professor of Development Administration at the International Development Department, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham. He is also a senior research associate of ODI. His research interests are in government, service delivery, non-state service provision, public-private partnership, regulation, urban policy, and aid management. He has experience in Britain, Latin America, Africa and South Asia. He led a research project on relations between government and non-government service providers in three South Asian countries, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (2006-09).
He was lead adviser for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on the development of a handbook on contracting out government funding and services in fragile states (2010). Current research is on the politics of service provision in developing countries with the Overseas Development Institute, on the politics of inclusive service provision in effective states with the University of Manchester, and on non-state education provision for DFID.