I work on the exercise of power in public office. I seek to explain why and how public officeholders abuse their power - political corruption - particularly in interactions with business. I also analyse the role of laws and institutions in constraining the abuse of office, and am especially interested in voluntary and self-regulation. 

My research on corruption covers lobbying and the revolving door, clientelism, favouritism in public procurement, and corruption in aid spending. In terms of anti-corruption tools, I work on collective action, transparency and open data, anti-bribery laws, and codes of conduct.

I am interested in two key interfaces of power relations: state-private sector; and international-domestic.


Research Grants:

2018-19 Curbing Corruption in Public Procurement

British Academy/DFID Anti-Corruption Evidence programme award of £348,458

Principal Investigator


2017-18 Corruption, Dirty Capital and the London Property Market

British Academy ‘Tackling the UK's International Challenges’ award of £33,295



2016-17 Curbing Corruption in Development Aid-Funded Procurement

British Academy/DFID grant of £400,000



2014-15 Tackling Corruption through Open Data

DG Home grant of €50,000