David’s interests span research into the politics and political economy of development and the promotion of innovative approaches to development programming. He has 45 years of experience in these fields, including research, teaching, editorial and consultancy assignments in many parts of the developing world. Before joining ODI in 1998, David was Professor of Development Studies at the University of Wales Swansea. He co-authored Governance for Development in Africa (with Diana Cammack, Zed Books 2013).
Market systems that inhibit productivity growth and depress livelihoods are familiar enough across the developing world. Barriers to improvement that turn out to be fundamentally political are two-a-penny.