Professor Heather Marquette

Professor Heather Marquette

International Development Department
Professor of Development Politics

Contact details

International Development Department
School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Heather Marquette is Professor of Development Politics in the International Development Department, School of Government, University of Birmingham. 

Heather has 14 years international experience in research, policy advice, consultancy and training in governance and anti-corruption. A political scientist by training, she has particular interests and expertise in anti-corruption reforms and strategies, good governance, state-building, aid policy, the transition to democracy and civic education.

Her research includes work on Afghanistan, Ghana, India, Kenya and Nigeria. Her work has been published in Third World Quarterly, Political Studies, Public Administration & Development, among others. 


  • PhD: 1998-2002 University of Durham, Department of Politics.
  • MA: 1997-1998 University of Durham, Department of Politics. MA, International Studies.
  • BSc: 1989-1997 Franklin Pierce University, Department of Business Administration. BSc, International Business.


Corruption & Political Economy Analysis
Transparency & Accountability in Fragile States

Heather joined IDD in 2002. Previously, she lectured in IR, IPE and development in the Department of Politics, University of Durham, where she did her PhD on the World Bank's anti-corruption programme. Prior to this, Heather worked in international trade finance in the United States.

Heather was the Director of Research (and subsequently Director) the Developmental Leadership Program ( between 2014-18.


In 2013/14, Heather will contribute to teaching on 'Development Management'.

Postgraduate supervision

Supervises on:

  • Corruption in developing countries
  • State-building and governance
  • African politics/political development

Current students:

James Connell – Project: Narratives of Violence: Identity, Trauma and the ‘Refugee Experience’ – the case of young Tibetan refugees in Nepal and Northern India

Vaughn Graham – Project: The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in the Security and Justice Sectors: When Aid Policy Narratives Converge in the Field of Practice

Pamela Jabbar - Project: Masculinity and Corruption in India

Claire Mcloughlin – Project: The Role of Service Delivery in (Re)building State Legitimacy and Resilience: A Retrospective Case Study in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chipo Mwale – Project: WTO Aid for Trade Initiative and Poverty Reduction Within the Southern Africa Development Community

Pranay Sinha – Project: Are Emerging Donors Different from Established Donors? A Comparison of Existing Policies and Practice


My two main areas of current research interest are: 

(1)  Donors and governance/state-building: how and why has state-building emerged as a concern for donors? How is this linked to its past/current/future work on (good) governance, and anti-corruption work in particular? What are the political implications of donors’ state-building activities, both for donors themselves and in country? How is this linked to a politicisation of aid, from the project level on up?

 (2)  Attitudes towards corruption in developing countries: how are attitudes towards corruption formed? Can the same processes be (re)shaped in a way that improves attitudes towards integrity? How best to theorise the impact of attitudes on policy success/failure - i.e., collective action theory and moral disengagement theory? How do attitudes towards corruption affect levels of (political) trust in a society? How do attitudes towards corruption shape the state-building process? How do attitudes towards corruption shape political identity?

Current and recent projects

Principal Investigator (with Caryn Peiffer, CI), Investigating Islands od Integrity: Using a 'Positive Outlier' Approach to Understand how Corruption is Controlled, funded by the British Academy's Sustainable Development Programme (part of the Global Challenges Research Fund). 

Principal Investigator (with Brian Lucas, CI), 2013-2017, AusAid extension to Governance & Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) contract, AusAid.

Principal Investigator (with Brian Lucas, CI), 2013, Governance & Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) contract with the European Commission’s Instrument for Stability.

Principal Investigator (with Brian Lucas, CI)/Director, Core Services Team, 2012-2014 (with a 2 year extension to 2016 possible), DFID Governance, Social Development, Conflict and Humanitarian – Professional Evidence & Applied Knowledge Services, DFID.

Co-Investigator (with Professor Paul Heywood, University of Nottingham and Brian Lucas, CIs; PI – Professor Bo Rothstein, University of Gothenburg), 2012-2017, FP-7 Large Consortium Grant: ‘Anti-Corruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and the European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption (ANTICORRP)’, European Union. 

Principal Investigator (with Dr Jonathan Fisher), 2012, ‘Donors and Political Economy Analysis’, IDD Research Fund and University of Birmingham North America Travel Fund.

Co-Investigator (with Professor Paul Jackson; Fellow – Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hébert), 2011-2013, FP7 Marie Curie Inter-European Fellowship: ‘Local Ownership and Peace Missions’, European Union.

Principal Investigator (with Sumedh Rao), 2011, ‘Anti-Corruption Indicators Used in Performance Assessment Frameworks for Budget Support’, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre.

Co-Investigator (with Brian Lucas, PI), 2010-2011, Extensions to GSDRC contract, DFID/AusAid.

Principal Investigator, 2010-2011, ‘Concept Note on EU Approach to Helping Partner Countries Fight Corruption’, European Commission/EuropeAid.

Principal Investigator, 2010, ‘Survey of European Commission African Delegation Staff Working on Corruption’, European Commission/EuropeAid.

Co-Investigator/Work Package Team Leader, 2007-2010, ‘Religion, ethics and attitudes towards corruption in India and Nigeria’, DFID Religions and Development Research Programme Consortium (PI, Professor Carole Rakodi).

Other activities

Heather has a strong commitment to policy engagement. Examples of this work include:

Integrity Action – Invited Helpdesk Specialist offering pro bono expertise on governance, corruption and integrity issues to NGOs and journalists in developing countries, in memory of Integrity Action and Transparency International Founder, Jeremy Pope

Department for International Development (DFID) – Expert Technical Advisor to Head of Profession for Governance

Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) Anti-Corruption Task Team - Produced an anti-corruption communication tool for high-level political engagement, October – November

European Commission/EuropeAid - Delivered training on corruption and anti-corruption to EuropeAid and partner country staff

Transparency International - Advisory Board Member, GATEway project

Interviewed on Capacity4Dev on corruption and political economy analysis (available at

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands/Royal Netherlands Embassy, Nairobi - Team Leader, Strategic Governance and Corruption Analysis (SGACA) following the post-election violence

Other professional roles:

Associate Member: Centre for International Education Research and the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics,  University of Birmingham.

Editorial Board Member: Journal of Global Ethics, International Journal of Public Administration.


Books and Chapters

In press:

Marquette, H (Forthcoming, 2013) ‘Ethics, Religion and Corruption’ in Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption, ed. Paul Heywood, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Marquette, H (2013) ‘Corruption, Religion and Moral Development in Developing Countries’ in Handbook of Research on Development and Religion, ed. Matthew Clarke, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Marquette, H (2003) Corruption, Politics and Development: The Role of the World Bank, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited collections

Marquette, H and Beswick, D (November 2011) ‘State-building, Security and Development: State-building as a new development paradigm?’ Guest Editors for Special Issue of Third World Quarterly 32(10).

Peer Reviewed Articles

 In press:

Marquette, H, Pavarala, V & Malik, K (revise and resubmit) ‘Religion and Attitudes Towards Corruption in India: Making God a Stakeholder in Corruption?’, Development in Practice.

Marquette, H, Scott, Z & Mcloughlin, C ( 2012) ‘Marrying Fragile States and Aid Policy: Civil Partnership or Irreconcilable Differences?’, Crime, Law & Social Change, available online first at

Marquette, H (2012) ‘”Finding God” or “Moral Disengagement” in the Fight Against Corruption in Developing Countries? Evidence from India and Nigeria’, Public Administration and Development, 32(1): 11-26.

Marquette, H (2011) ‘Donors, State-building and Corruption: Lessons from Afghanistan and the Implications for Aid Policy’ Third World Quarterly 32(10): 1871-1890.

Marquette, H and Beswick, D (2011) ‘Introduction: State-building, Security and Development: State-building as a new development paradigm?’ Third World Quarterly 32(10): 1703-1714.

Marquette, H (2007) ‘The World Bank’s Fight Against Corruption’, Brown Journal of World Affairs, XIII(II): 27-39.

Marquette, H (2007) ‘Civic Education for Combating Corruption: Lessons from Hong Kong and the United States for Donor-Funded Programmes in Poor Countries’, Public Administration and Development, 27(3): 239-49.

Marquette, H and Doig, A (2005) ‘The UK, the Commonwealth and Corruption: Assessing the Potential for Joined-Up Development Assistance’, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 43(1): 102-128.

Marquette, H and Doig, A (2005) ‘Corruption and Democratisation: the litmus test of international donor agency intentions?’, Futures, 37: 199-213.

Marquette, H (2004) 'The Creeping Politicisation of the World Bank: The Case of Corruption', Political Studies, 52(3): 413-30.

Marquette, H and Doig, A (2004) ‘Drilling Down to the Detail: A Case Study into Anti-Corruption Project Records and Record-Keeping’, Crime, Law & Social Change, 41: 1-14.

Marquette, H and Mineshima, D (2002) 'Civic Education in the United States: Lessons for the UK', Parliamentary Affairs, 55: 539-555.

Marquette, H (2001) 'Corruption, Democracy and the World Bank', Crime, Law & Social Change, 36(4): 395-407.

Marquette, H (1999) 'Corruption Eruption: Development and the International Community (feature review)', Third World Quarterly, 20(6): pp. 1215-1220.


Other publications

Marquette, H and Fisher, J (2016). ”Empowered patient” or “doctor knows best”? Political economy analysis and ownership', Development in Practice, 26(1): 115-126, 2016.

Marquette, H, Dasandi, N and Robinson, M (2016). ‘Thinking and Working Politically: From theory building to building an evidence base’, DLP Research Paper, 37, available at  

Marquette, H and Peiffer, C (2015). ‘Theoretical (Mis)understanding? Applying Principal-Agent and Collective Action Theories to the Problem of Corruption in Systematically Corrupt Countries’, Ethics in Public Policy and Management, ed. Alan Lawton, Zeger van der Wal & Leo Huberts, London: Routledge. 

Marquette, H and Cooley, L (2015). ‘Corruption and Post-Conflict Reconstruction’, Handbook of International Security and Development, ed. Paul Jackson, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 

Marquette, H, Hudson, D and Waldock, S (2016). ‘Everyday Political Analysis’, DLP Research Paper, available at

Marquette, H and Hudson, D (2015). ‘Mind the Gaps: What’s missing in political economy analysis and why it matters’, A Governance Practitioner’s Notebook: Alternative Ideas and Approaches, ed. Alan Whaites, Eduardo Gonzalez, Sara Fyson & Graham Teskey, Paris: OECD, available at

Marquette, H and Peiffer, C (2015). ‘Corruption and Collective Action’, DLP Research Paper 32, available at

Marquette, H (2014). ‘Communication in anti-corruption work: Articulating messages to structure a communications plan’, OECD-DAC, November 2014, available at

Marquette, H, O’Keefe, M, Sidel, J,  Roche, C, Hudson, D and Dasandi, N (2014). ‘Using Action Research and Learning for Politically Informed Programming’, DLP Research Paper 29, available at

Marquette, H and Fisher, J (2014). ‘Donors Understanding Governance and Corruption Through Political Economy Analysis: From Process to Product (and back again?)’, DLP Research Paper 28, available at

Marquette, H (2012). ‘Building Integrity in Fragile Contexts’, IDD Policy Brief No. 02/12, March, available at

 Marquette, H & Rao, S (2012). ‘Corruption Indicators in Performance Assessment Frameworks (PAFs) for Budget Support’, U4 Issues Paper, available at

Marquette, H, Flanary, R, Rao, S & Morris, D (2011) Supporting Anti-Corruption Reform in Partner Countries: Concepts, Tools and Areas for Action, EuropeAid Tools & Methods Series Concept Note No. 2, available at 

Marquette, H (2010) ‘Whither Morality? “Finding God” in the Fight Against Corruption’, RaD Working Paper No. 41, available at

Marquette, H (2010) ‘Corruption, Religion and Moral Development’, RaD Working Paper No. 42, available at

Marquette, H (2010) Zweierlei Maß, Welt-Sichten, September.

Marquette, H, Amis, P, Kanyinga, K and Beswick, D (2008) ‘Strategic Governance and Anti-Corruption Analysis: Kenya', Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs/ODI.

Marquette, H, Singh, G and Al-hassan Alolo, N (2007) ‘Political Science, Religion and Development: A Literature Review’, RaD Working Paper 07, available at

Marquette, H (2004) ‘Changing Concepts of Donor Anti-Corruption Programming: From Single-Focus to “Multi-pronged” Approaches’, Local Government Brief, Spring: 3-11.

Marquette, H and Jackson, P (2003) ‘The Interaction Between Traditional Systems and Local Government Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Annotated Bibliography’, with Paul Jackson, UK Department for International Development (DfID), September, available at

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Corruption, state-building and good governance in developing countries; aid and aid policy; religion and corruption; political development; donor agencies' approaches to anti-corruption reform

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Heather has particular interests and expertise on corruption and anti-corruption, aid policy, the politics of development, policy reform and state-building. She engages regularly with policy makers and practitioners in international development. She is currently seconded part-time to the UK’s Department for International Development as a Senior Research Fellow (Governance & Conflict), a senior scientific advisor position. She is also a founding member of the international Thinking & Working Politically Community of Practice. Prior to this, she was Director of the Developmental Leadership Program and Director of the Governance & Social Development Resource Centre, both based at the University.