Our research on economic transformation, power and agency uses an intersectional and decolonised lens.

We deliver user-friendly evidence for policy makers and practitioners to support good practice and effective decision-making.

Economic transformation

Our research  on economic transformation is delivered through two workstreams, poverty dynamics and bottom up growth.

Poverty dynamics:

We use mixed methods approaches to deliver robust evidence about poverty dynamics. Combining qualitative and life history research with quantitative researchers we explore what drives people into poverty and what enables resilience and poverty escapes. Our work places this in context, by examining the local and national policy environment and political economy. This enables our teams to deliver carefully framed and accessible policy advice.

Our long term collaboration with ODI and the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network gives us access to high calibre multi-disciplinary international teams.

Bottom up growth:

We bring together multi-disciplinary teams to explore what enables enterprise success. Our context based analysis allows us to understand what drives growth and the disributional impacts of policy, enabling investments and regulation.

Our analysis explores rural and urban livelihoods. It provides understanding of how negative events affect enterprises, with consequences for individual and household well-being. Understanding context and the enabling environment means that we are well placed to advise on the mix of policies and programmes that can best enable enterprise, including farm enterprises, contribute to bottom up growth.


Power and agency

Our work on power and agency is delivered through two workstreams, intersectional feminism and shifting power in development and humanitarian ecosystems

Intersectional feminism:

We apply an intersectional lens in our work on gender, marginalisation and exclusion. We are particularly interested in themes related to

  • enterprise
  • the informal sector
  • household decision-making
  • applying an intersectional feminist lens to shifting power in development and humanitarian ecosystems

Our gender experts include socio-economists and political historians, with experience working in settings across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Shifting power in development and humanitarian ecosystems:

We work in collaboration with actors from across the development and humanitarian ecosystems to explore:

  • personal transformation – power, agency and positionality
  • organisational transformation – entry points organisational change
  • ecosystem transformation – shifting power

This circular learning with practioners, activists and thinkers is fed back into our curated resources, advocacy and communications work.