Seminar followed by Questions & Answer Session

Speaker: Michael Woolcock
Title: Solutions when the Solution is the Problem: Reflections on the Analytics, Politics and Practice of Getting to 350
Location: University of Vermont, 104 Aiken Building
February 2, 2010

Michael Woolcock is a Senior Social Scientist with the World Bank's Development Research Group, where he has worked since 1998. His research draws on a range of disciplinary theories and methods to explore the social dimensions of economic development. Its focus is the survival and mobility strategies of the poor, in particular the efficacy of local-level legal and political institutions, which has culminated in a forthcoming book (joint with Patrick Barron and Rachael Diprose) for Yale University Press on local conflict dynamics and participatory development projects in rural Indonesia. His more analytical work examines the capacity of the international aid architecture to solve complex problems, and the contributions that historians and novelists can make to development policy. An Australian national, he has an MA and PhD in sociology from Brown University; in 2002 he was the Von Hugel Visiting Fellow at St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, and from 2000-2006 was a (part-time) Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He has recently completed a three year period of external service leave as the founding Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester, and is a team member for the forthcoming World Development Report on fragile states.

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