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Michael Woolcock

Michael Woolcock

Lead Social Scientist, World Bank's Development Research Group

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16 January
TRUST AS A FACTOR AND TOOL IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Building 25, Floor 2, Lecture Room 237

Biography

Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Scientist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, where he was worked since 1998.

For 14 of the last 20 years he has also been a part-time Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. The central focus of his scholarly and applied research is understanding the ways in which social institutions – norms, networks, trust, and rules – are transformed as part of the development process. His current work explores strategies for incorporating time and non-linear change trajectories into the assessment of complex development interventions, and ways in which new aid modalities can enhance the effectiveness and legitimacy of local governance and legal reform.

During his career at the World Bank, Dr Woolcock has taken leave to be the Von Hugel Visiting Fellow at St Edmunds College, Cambridge University (all of 2002), and the founding Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester (2006-2009), where he was also Professor of Social Science and Development Policy.

In 2015-2017 he was based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he helped establish the World Bank’s first Global Knowledge and Research Hub. At present he is co-leading the World Bank’s third bi-annual Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report, which is due for release in October 2020.

An Australian national, Michael has an MA and PhD in comparative-historical sociology from Brown University (1998)/