Research Staff

David Aled Williams

Senior Advisor (U4)

Political scientist focusing on aid, corruption, governance, and natural resources, particularly political economy and political ecology approaches to the forestry sector and extractive industries.

My work focuses on the politics of development, aid, corruption and natural resources, particularly political economy and political ecology approaches to the forestry sector and extractive industries. I have a research focus on Indonesia and experience from short-term assignments in Albania, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Macedonia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Vietnam, and Zambia.

I was previously Senior Research Coordinator at the global anti-graft NGO  Transparency International based in Berlin. I am co-editor with Prof. Tina Søreide (Norwegian School of Economics) of the book "Corruption, Grabbing and Development: Real World Challenges" (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014). I have also served as an external examiner for the University of Bergen and University of Oslo, and as a reviewer for international journals including "World Development", "International Forestry Review" and "Political Studies".

I hold a BA in the History of Ideas and English Literature from the University of Wales, Cardiff, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent. Since September 2013 I am engaged in a part-time PhD at SOAS University of London, Department of Development Studies, supervised by Prof. Peter P. Mollinga. The PhD thesis provides a political ecology perspective on REDD+ as it is evolving in Indonesia, with fieldwork in Jakarta and Central Sulawesi.

My latest edited book is a collaboration with Prof. Philippe Le Billon at the University of British Columbia and Liu Institute for Global Issues, forthcoming from Edward Elgar Publishing in 2017. 

Link to SOAS University of London PhD candidate profile: http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff88964.php

I am member of the SOAS Political Ecology of Environment and Development (SEED) network.