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Dr Sarah Hunt - personal details

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Role: Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Location: Arthur Lewis Building-1.011
School of Environment, Education and Development
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




I am a Lecturer in International Development at the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) at the University of Manchester. My work focusses on political economy, governance and the politics of development. Currently I am carrying out a study of the rise of the left in Latin America and its influence on elites and political dynamics in Central America, with support from the Effective States for Inclusive Development research centre at the University of Manchester.


My research examines governance and the political economy of aid and development, with a particular focus on the politics of poverty reduction in Latin America. My PhD research focussed on the impact of globalised public policy processes around aid and debt relief on state-society relations and poverty reduction in Latin America. Over the past twelve years I have spent extended periods in Latin America researching the role of the international financial institutions and the politics of poverty reduction in Argentina, Bolivia, and Central America. I have spent a number of years working as a development practitioner including with NGOs in Central America, in the Ministry of Finance in Tanzania and most recently as a Governance Advisor to Irish Aid, working on development finance, taxation and political economy analysis.

BA (Hons) (University of Oxford); MDevStud (University College Dublin); PhD (University of Limerick)