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Samuel Sharp

Research Officer

Politics and Governance

Portrait of Samuel Sharp

Sam's research focuses on understanding the politics of development challenges, and how public organisations can be better equipped to navigate these dynamics and work in more adaptive and politically smart ways.

His recent work explores how adaptive approaches intersect with bureaucratic politics and processes, both within aid donors and the public sector more broadly. He has experience of political economy analyses in various sectors, most recently on civil society engagement in tax reform and phasing out of plastic production.

His other research interests include the sources of development commitment amongst political elites, particularly within authoritarian regimes; and mixed-method approaches to understanding behaviour in post-conflict societies.

He holds an MA in Development, Governance and Public Policy from the Institute of Development Studies, where he previously worked as a research assistant.’ He has fieldwork experience in Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, and Nepal.

  1. Independent Review of the IPC in South Sudan

    Research reports

  2. Lessons Learned from PERL and Partners' Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

    Working papers

  3. A Political Economy Analysis Framework for EdTech Evidence Uptake

    Working papers

  4. Adaptive bureaucracies: an oxymoron? Four ways bureaucracies can break the mould

  5. Opportunities and challenges for DAC members in ‘adapting to context’

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Adaptive bureaucracies? Enabling adaptation in public bureaucracies

    Working papers

  7. To promote open societies globally, the FCDO must be more realistic, politically savvy and self-aware

  8. Building bureaucracies that adapt to complexity


  9. Phasing out plastics

  10. Phasing out plastics: the construction sector

    Research reports

  11. Phasing out plastics: the automotive sector

    Research reports

  12. Phasing out plastics: the electrical and electronic equipment sector

    Research reports

  13. Phasing out plastics: the packaging sector

    Research reports

  14. Phasing out plastics

    Research reports

  15. The mental landscape of post-conflict life in northern Uganda

    Research reports

  16. Four expert views on the future of tax for development

  17. Regional bodies supporting national-level evidence-informed decision-making on vaccines

    Briefing/policy papers

  18. Measuring evidence-informed decision-making processes in low- and middle-income countries

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Civil society engagement in tax reform

    Research reports

  20. Mobilising civil society support for tax reform needs donors to get political