I am an Associate Professor in Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.  I am an affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) (Development and Labour programmes), Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL), the Institute of Labour Economics (IZA), and the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE).

My CV is here

I will be on shared parental leave from February - roughly October 2024.  I will not be taking PhD students for the year beginning October 2024. I recommend prospective applicants contact one of my fantastic colleagues at the Centre for the Study of African Economies or the Blavatnik School of Government. Please still reach out for talks, reviews etc so I can update you on my latest plans. 

My work is in labour, public, behavioural and development economics. I study market failures or patterns in decision-making that prevent people in low- and middle-income countries finding work or improving their earnings over time. I create new interventions with NGOs and governments which aim to tackle these barriers and test these in large-scale field experiments, producing both papers relevant to academic debates and findings which can be applied in policy and programme design. I have three strands of research.

1.  Frictions in urban developing country labour markets that prevent young people finding work or reduce the quality of matches between firms and workers. 

2. The role of mental health in labour market decisions and outcomes.

3. Whether psychological interventions can increase future-oriented investment.   Some recent work shows:

More details are on the 'work in progress' page. 

Media pieces on social protection and behavioural messaging during COVID19 are here.

I lead the Mind and Behaviour Research Group, a joint initiative of the Centre for the Study of African Economies and the Oxford Department of Psychiatry, hosted by the Blavatnik School. This is a network of economists, psychiatrists and psychologists applying psychology to inform the design of programmes which either reduce poverty or improve governance and service delivery in low- and middle-income countries. One of the group's aims is to develop and test scalable, high-impact interventions that can be used in programming and to support governments and NGOs in taking interventions to scale. 

We hosted the Linkages between Micro and Macro in Labour Economics in Developing Countries workshop from 13-15 September 2022 in Oxford.

We hosted the BREAD conference on Behavioural Economics and Development from 5-7 February 2020 in Oxford.

We hosted a master class and workshop on Meta-analysis in Development Economics in July 2019. Videos and slides from all speakers are available on the site.