Nicola Heaton

photo of nicola heatonMore donors, more choice? "Traditional" donors, "New" donors and African agency: The case of Zambia

Supervisors: Dr Jonathan Fisher and Dr Danielle Beswick


Nicola is an ESRC-funded doctoral student in the International Development Department. Using the case study of Zambia, she is examining the extent to which African governments are able to secure greater room-for- manoeuvre in aid negotiations with Northern donors as a result of the growth of other sources of finance.

Research Interests 

Nicola’s research interests lie in the international politics of aid and international development. She is particularly interested in the agency of Southern actors, and the impacts of ‘rising’ powers on international development. 


  • MA Social Research (with distinction), University of Birmingham
  • MSc International Development (with distinction), University of Birmingham
  • BA (Hons) Open (1st class), Open University
  • BA (Hons) Economics (2:1), Durham University

Other Activities

  • Member of the African Studies Association
  • Member of the British International Studies Association
  • Member of the Development Studies Association