Michael Woolcock

Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
Office Address
Littauer-116
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 60
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact
Phone: 617-495-8270
Email: Michael_Woolcock@hks.harvard.edu
Assistant
Patricia Timmons (617-495-8660)
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Profile

Michael Woolcock, Lecturer in Public Policy, is Lead Social Development Specialist with the World Bank's Development Research Group in Washington, D.C. His current work focuses on interactions between customary and state legal systems, conducted as part of the World Bank's global 'Justice for the Poor' program (which he co-founded), and strategies for assessing complex social interventions. His most recent books are Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia (with Patrick Barron and Rachael Diprose; Yale University Press, 2011), and History, Historians and Development Policy: A Necessary Dialogue (edited with C.A. Bayly, Vijayendra Rao and Simon Szreter; Manchester University Press, 2011). An Australian national, he has an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University. He taught previously at Harvard Kennedy School from 2000-2006, and from 2006-2009 was founding Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester, where he was Professor of Social Science and Development Policy.

Courses

Spring

  • PED-308 Social Institutions and Economic Development

Research

For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Book Chapters
    • Woolcock, Michael, David Lewis, and Dennis Rodgers. "Introduction to Popular Representations of Development." Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television, and Social Media. Ed. David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers, and Michael Woolcock. Routledge, 2014, 3-15.
    • Woolcock, Michael, David Lewis, and Dennis Rodgers. "Popular Representations of Development - Taking Stock, Moving Forward." Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television, and Social Media. Ed. David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers, and Michael Woolcock. Routledge, 2014, 243-252.
  • Books
    • Edited by Michael Woolcock, Brian Tamanaha, and Caroline Sage. Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television, and Social Media. Routledge, June 2012.
  • Edited Volumes
    • David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers, and Michael Woolcock, eds. Popular Representations of Development: Insights from Novels, Films, Television, and Social Media. Routledge, 2014.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Woolcock, Michael. "Culture, Politics, and Development." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-041, September 2014.
    • Woolcock, Michael. "Engaging with Fragile and Conflict-Affected States." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-038, July 2014.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Woolcock, Michael and Deval Desai. "The Politics of Rule of Law Systems in Developmental States: 'Political Settlements' as a Basis for Promoting Effective Justice Institutions for Marginalized Groups." Effective States and Inclusion Development Research Center, July 2012.

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