I joined the university in 1994 while completing my PhD, and was based in the Centre for Development Studies for 16 years until its closure in 2010. I am now Associate Professor in Politics and International Development, and Head of the Department of Political and Cultural Studies. While in CDS, I worked on consultancy assignments for a range of organizations including the Department for International Development, the World Bank and the National Audit Office. Prior to that, I taught at Middlesex University and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the Philippines in Manila. I completed my PhD on Non-Governmental Organisations and Philippine Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London after completing a masters degree in Comparative Government at the London School of Economics.