Lead Social Scientist, Development Research Group, World Bank
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.
- Using Case Studies to Explore and Explain Complex Interventions
- Beyond the quest for "policy implications": Alternative options for applied development researchers
- Making the case for case studies in development practice
- How can the Knowledge Bank make development more effective?
- Dueling Development Visions: Shaping the World Bank for the Future
- The Past as a Foreign Country: Taking History and Historians Seriously in Development
- Towards justice in development
- Development practitioners: technocrats, missionaries or diplomats?