Heather Marquette, Secretary

Heather is Professor of Development Politics in the International Development Department, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham, and Senior Research Fellow (Governance & Conflict) at DFID. She has 17 years international experience in research, policy advice, consultancy and training in governance and anti-corruption. A political scientist by training, she has particular interests and expertise in anti-corruption reforms and strategies, good governance, state-building, aid policy, the transition to democracy and civic education. Her research includes work on Afghanistan, Ghana, India, Kenya and Nigeria. Her work has been published in Third World QuarterlyPolitical StudiesPublic Administration & Development, Governance, among others.

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 2296; Email:

Brian Lucas, Community Manager

Brian is a project manager specialising in knowledge management and information technology solutions for international development and environmental issues. He has experience as a manager, communicator, and educator in the public, private, and NGO sectors. Brian joined the Governance Resource Centre in 2004. He led the bid to form the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC), becoming its Manager in 2005, and overseeing its expansion. Previously, Brian managed the information services unit at GRID-Arendal in Norway, a United Nations Environment Programme collaborating centre. He holds a MSc in Management of Non-Governmental Organisations from London School of Economics. For further details, see Brian’s University of Birmingham staff profile.

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5037; Email:

Ed Laws, Research Fellow

Ed is a Research Fellow in the International Development Department, University of Birmingham, working in the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre and is also a Research Associate of the Developmental Leadership Program. He has recently worked as an independent consultant for ODI on the politics of universal health coverage. He specialises in political economy and political settlements analysis and has fieldwork experience in Kenya, investigating environmental sustainability in the informal sector. He has a PhD in Politics from the University of York.


Louise Curry, Administration & Communications Officer

Louise is a recent Masters graduate from the University of Birmingham’s International Development Department. Prior to joining the TWP CoP, she worked as an administrator in the non-profit sector as well as doing freelance communications. She also holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Birmingham.