The distribution of land in Malawi is highly unequal and frequently inefficient. Large areas of land are underutilised in a context where many Malawian farmers would be able to put such land to productive use. In this context, the Malawian government has been slow and ineffective in undertaking land reforms, despite large demand for change both from investors and the local population.
I completed my PhD at the University of Oxford, supervised by John Vickers and Steve Bond. The focus of the thesis was on the ways in which infrastructure regulation in developing countries needs to be different from that in more developed countries. After my PhD, I was an Overseas Development Institute Fellow, employed as an Economist in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in Malawi. There I worked mostly on social protection and macroeconomics. I have also worked as a consultant for the Center for Global Development, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Inter-American Development Bank, Resolution Foundation, Tax Justice Network and World Bank. During Spring 2016 I visited the University of California Berkeley as a Fulbright Scholar.