Dr Ellie Chowns

Dr Ellie Chowns

International Development Department
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

International Development Department
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ellie's main research interests are in collective action, power and participation, and evaluation.


  • PhD International Development, University of Birmingham, 2014
  • MProf Sustainable Development, Middlesex, 1998
  • BA (Hons) Geography and Environmental Studies with Development Studies, Sussex, 1997


Ellie joined IDD as a Teaching Fellow in September 2014, having studied both part-time and full-time in the department since 2008.  Ellie’s PhD analysed the political economy of community management, focusing on rural water supply in Malawi.

Ellie’s background is in international development NGOs, including Christian Aid, Concern Universal, and Quaker Peace and Social Witness.  She specialises in monitoring, evaluation, and learning; and has worked in Malawi, Uganda, Burundi and the Philippines.


Ellie teaches on the following modules:

  • Development Management
  • Making Policy (Distance Learning)
  • Making Policy (Campus)