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Michael Woolcock

Lead Social Scientist, Development Research Group, World Bank

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Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Scientist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank, where he has worked since 1998. His work focuses on the social dimensions of economic development, in particularly the role of informal institutions in shaping the survival and mobility strategies of marginalized groups. He is the co-founder of the World Bank's global 'Justice for the Poor' program, which explores how interactions between customary and formal justice institutions shape local governance and dispute resolution dynamics. He has a PhD in sociology from Brown University.