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David Aled Williams

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Political scientist focusing on aid effectiveness, corruption, governance, and natural resources, using political economy and political ecology approaches.

I focus on the uneven politics of natural resource-driven economic development, with a particular interest in issues of corruption, neoliberal environmentalism, hyper-capitalist growth, green energy transitions and inequality. I have a country focus on Indonesia and regional focus on Southeast Asia. I have co-edited the books: "Corruption, Grabbing and Development: Real World Challenges" (with Prof. Tina Søreide, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014) and "Corruption, Natural Resources and Development: From Resource Curse to Political Ecology" (with Prof. Philippe Le Billon, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017). I was previously Senior Research Coordinator at the global anti-graft NGO Transparency International based in Berlin. My PhD is from the Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London, supervised by Prof. Peter P. Mollinga. The thesis is a political ecology of REDD+ in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, based on fieldwork in 2017. During fieldwork I was affiliated with Tadulako University, Palu, Indonesia. I hold an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent (UK) and a BA in the History of Ideas and English Literature from Cardiff University (UK).

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