Bio

I focus on the uneven politics of natural resource-driven development, with a particular interest in issues of corruption, access, legitimation and control in the forest and extractive sectors. I have a country focus on Indonesia and experience from assignments in Albania, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Macedonia, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Vietnam, and Zambia.

I am co-editor of two academic books: "Corruption, Grabbing and Development: Real World Challenges" (with Prof. Tina Søreide, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014) and "Corruption, Natural Resources and Development: From Resource Curse to Political Ecology" (with Prof. Philippe Le Billon, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017).

I was previously Senior Research Coordinator at Transparency International based in Berlin. I hold a BA in the History of Ideas and English Literature from the University of Wales, Cardiff, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent. I am engaged in a part-time PhD at SOAS University of London, Department of Development Studies, supervised by Prof. Peter P. Mollinga. The PhD thesis provides a political ecology perspective on REDD+ as it is evolving in Indonesia, with fieldwork in Jakarta and Central Sulawesi (local affiliation with Tadulako University, Palu).

I am member of the SOAS Political Ecology of Environment and Development (SEED) network and the POLLEN Political Ecology Network.

Related Publications

Overview of corruption and anti corruption in Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago

  • money laundering
  • organised crime
  • natural resources

Does more transparency improve accountability?

  • accountability
  • transparency

Populism and corruption

  • populism

EXPERIENCES FROM DISCLOSING DONOR ASSESSMENTS

  • anti-corruption assessments
  • multilateral and bilateral donor agencies
  • donor policy

Mozambique: Overview of corruption and anti-corruption

  • forestry
  • mining
  • country profile
  • oil
AW

Aled Williams

Affiliation

U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

Professional Title

Advisor

Region

  • Asia Pacific

Country/Territory

Topics

Specialisms

Political scientist focusing on aid, corruption, governance, and natural resources, particularly political economy and political ecology approaches to the forestry sector and extractive industries.

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