Maia joins King’s College London from the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and she has a PhD in Economics from Queen Mary, University of London. Before her PhD, Maia worked as an economist at HM Treasury, an ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Madagascar, and the Macro-Fiscal Analysis Unit of the Liberian Ministry of Finance, and as a researcher and adviser at the ODI Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure.
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Maia has academic and professional expertise in political economy, governance and institutions, public finance, aid and development, public economics, and social and economic networks. Her work in microeconomic theory looks at collective action problems in networked self-governing environments, and targeted carbon tax reforms in intersectoral production networks. She is a member of a research team working on the recent history of spending control in the UK Treasury, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and ESRC. Her recent research focuses on the effects of local agency and decision-making in foreign aid, and how localisation efforts within aid interventions could create space for local decision-making. This includes an impact project to develop a decision mapping tool for supporting localisation efforts in aid, funded by ESRC IAA and KCL.
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Maia welcomes PhD applications on topics closely related to her research interests, from applicants with at least two years of non-academic work experience. E-mails should include a research proposal, CV and information on timing and funding.
General enquiries about PhD study in DPE from applicants looking to return to academia following professional employment elsewhere are also welcome.