Dr William Robert Avis

International Development Department
Research Fellow

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IDD - School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

William joined GSDRC at the University of Birmingham in 2015 from the Overseas Development Institute. He spent four years with ODI in various research roles, most recently with the growth, poverty and inequality team. Among his publications are The data revolution: finding the missing millions, and Towards a better life? A cautionary tale of progress in Ahmedabad. William’s research interests include identity and conflict, globalisation and political voice. His PhD examined constructions of Assamese identity in post-independence India (University of Sheffield).


  • PhD in Colonial and Post-Colonial History, University of Sheffield (2011)
  • Masters in Colonial and Post-colonial History, University of Manchester (2005)
  • BA (Hons) History, University of Sheffield (2004)


Research Interests

  • Air Pollution, identity and conflict, globalisation and political voice 

Current Projects

  • A Systems Approach to Air Pollution in East Africa

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