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Dr Willy McCourt - personal details

Contact details

Role: Reader in Development Policy and Management

Tel: 0161 275-0819

Location: Arthur Lewis Building-1.025
School of Environment, Education and Development
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




BA Cambridge, MA Lancaster, MSc London, PhD, DipTEO Manchester

Originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland, I started my career as an assistant lecturer in the national university of Nepal. In the UK I worked for a British development NGO, and in adult education and local government, before joining IDPM in 1994, where I am a Reader in Development Policy and Management.

I have an undergraduate degree from Cambridge, and Master's degrees from the Universities of Lancaster and London. I trained as a teacher and completed my Ph.D. at the University of Manchester. I have carried out recent consultancy and research assignments in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cyprus, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam. I have acted as an adviser to the British Council and the Department for International Development in the UK, to DANIDA and USAID, and to the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, the European Union, UNDP and the World Bank. I have written on public policy and management in developing countries, and on the HRM topics of recruitment and selection, training and development and employment reform in developing and transitional countries. I am married and have two daughters.

I supervise PhD students in the areas of governance, public management and human resource management in developing countries, and am always pleased to hear from anyone who is thinking about doing research in one of my areas of interest. (Current and former PhD students whom I have supervised are listed, together with their thesis titles, under 'research interests' in this webpage.)