His current research focuses on strategies for enhancing state capability for implementation, on crafting more effective interaction between informal and formal justice systems, and on using mixed methods to assess ‘complex’ development interventions. In addition to more than 50 journal articles and book chapters, he is the co-author or co-editor of seven books, including Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia (with Patrick Barron and Rachael Diprose; Yale University Press 2011), which was a co-recipient of the best book prize by the American Sociological Association’s section on international development.
Michael will provide insights about careers in international organisations based on his more than 20 years experience working for the World Bank.
Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Development Specialist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, and a (part-time) Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a founder of the World Bank’s Justice for the Poor program, the University of Manchester’s Brooks World Poverty Institute (where he was in residence in 2007- 2009), and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Building State Capability initiative. An Australian national, Michael has an MA and PhD in sociology from Brown University, and is currently based in Malaysia, where is helping establish the World Bank’s first ‘Knowledge and Research Hub’.