Research Fellow in Financial and Development Geography (focus on Financial Secrecy and Corruption)

School/department: School of Global Studies
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term from 01 March 2019 to 31 December 2020 
Reference: 0520 
Salary: starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum, pro rata 
Placed on: 18 December 2018 
Closing date: 24 January 2019. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: 01 March 2019

Job description

This position is to assist with key tasks for 22 months of a 2-year Global Integrity-DFID Anti-Corruption Evidence (GI-DFID-ACE) grant-funded project led by Daniel Haberly (University of Sussex) and Alex Cobham (Tax Justice Network): Does Transparency bring Cleanliness? Offshore Financial Secrecy Reform and Corruption Control.

There is growing international reform effort targeting the issue of financial secrecy, and in particular the role of “offshore” financial secrecy jurisdictions in enabling criminal activities including the hiding of corrupt funds by political elites. However, we have little evidence on (long-term) outcomes: has greater transparency actually reduced the illicit use of OSJs?

This project aims to fill this gap in understanding of outcome effectiveness by 1) compiling the first historical database of financial secrecy indicators by jurisdiction, and 2) using this database to examine the impact of changing offshore secrecy on the hiding and movement of corruption proceeds through shell companies, as revealed in leaked datasets (Panama and Paradise Papers).  Findings will be timely and important, providing critical guidance to still-intensifying financial transparency reform efforts.

Key tasks of the research fellow will likely include (but not necessarily be limited to) the following:

 - Assisting with the construction of a new historical database of key financial secrecy indicators in a number of offshore jurisdictions, which will extend the time dimension of the Tax Justice Network’s existing Financial Secrecy Index

- Assisting with the compilation of an international database of country-specific variables on policy, institutional, political and other economic factors with a bearing on illicit financial flows, as well as directly compiling data on offshore shell company use by political elites in selected countries.

- Preparing, conducting, and interpreting the results of panel regression and other statistical analyses.

- Helping to organize, as well as participating in, project workshops.

- Co-authoring publication of project findings as journal articles and a policy report

- Participating in other forms of impact-oriented activities (e.g. media and stakeholder engagement).

For inquiries about this post, please contact Daniel Haberly at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex (

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How to apply

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