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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. How to manage complexity: four lessons for DFID’s new Secretary of State

  2. How DFID can better manage complexity in development programming

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. What we’ve learnt doing mixed-methods behavioural research in Uganda

  4. FOCAC 2018: top takeaways from the China-Africa summit

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


  6. Survey of social enterprise activity in South Asia and Ghana

    Research reports