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Richard Mallett

A geographer by training, Richard supports and contributes to research conducted by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC). His previous experience includes researching the urban displacement of Internally Displaced Persons in Uganda, working as a research assistant for Dr. Andy Sumner at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and providing project support to a child poverty campaign based in London. Richard's current work focuses on livelihood trajectories under conflict, state legitimacy and state-building, and effective delivery of basic services in conflict-affected environments.

Rich tweets as @rich_mallett and can be contacted via r.mallett@odi.org.uk.

Read Rich's blogs:

Tax, electricity and the state: "Many Nepalese believe that electricity blackouts are akin to a tax on their livelihoods. So how should the state respond?"

From supply and demand to power and data: the case for a more restrained handling of job creation programs in conflict-affected situations: "The case of job creation is symptomatic of a broader issue: that, perhaps because of the absence of high quality impact data, largely unjustified assumptions shape policy and programming choices in conflict-affected situations"

Mind the gap: the fragile state of the impact evidence base: “What do we do if we need results to justify a development or humanitarian programme, but don’t have the evidence to demonstrate what works?”

Big men, African conflicts and informal power – book review: "For me, the volume is more than anything about the blurring of boundaries – analytical and spatial – and the (increased) hybrid nature of politics and power during and after conflict"

Why political settlements matter: a response to Mick Moore: "How useful is the concept of political settlement? Not very, according to a recent post by Mick Moore. Taking particular issue with the lack of consensus regarding definition, Mick questions the legitimacy of the concept, closing with a somewhat pessimistic evaluation of its added value."

'What works'? Systematic reviews in international development research and policy: "Although well established in the natural sciences, systematic reviews are relatively new to the world of international development research. But they are being increasingly promoted as an important step in strengthening evidence-informed policy-making amongst aid agencies."

Welcome to SLRC's blog.

This blog will feature reflections from our team of researchers on the practicalities of actually conducting research in conflict-affected situations. We will also be posting guest blogs written by key researchers and practioners working on livelihoods, basic services and social protection in conflict-affected situations.