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Professor Sarah Bracking graduated from York University in the UK (BA Hons Politics), then Leeds University (MA, International Resources and Development; PhD on Structural Adjustment, Business and the State in Zimbabwe 1992-7). She worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Democratization Studies at Leeds University, principally on the International-IDEA State of Democracy Project.

She then moved to the University of Manchester in 2001 as a Lecturer in Politics and Development, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006 and Professor of International Development in 2012 in the School of Environment, Education and Development.

Sarah then held a Tier 1 South African Research Chair (SARCHi) in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment from 2013-2017, funded by the South African National Research Foundation through the Department of Science and Technology and held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa.

At UKZN she managed three research clusters on climate change and poverty reduction; poverty reduction and wealth accountability; and the developmental value of infrastructure projects and public service delivery.

In 2012, Sarah was awarded one of two Leverhulme Trust major grant awards (for that year) to research Human, non-human and environmental value systems: an impossible frontier? (Grant No. RP2012-V-041 at From 2012 to 2017, she was Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Study of Value, University of Manchester. 

She is editor of 'Corruption and Development' (Palgrave, 2007) and author of 'Money and Power (Pluto, 2009) and The Financialisation of Power' (Routledge, 2016).


Sarah's current work has, since 2011, involved a strong focus on the financialisation of power and global public policy in the environmental domain. Work planned for 2018-2020 will develop this into a major study of insurance-based securitisation of climate risk and damage. 


PhD supervision

Sarah would be pleased to consider supervising PhD students in the areas of development finance, climate finance, financialisation and political corruption.

Further details

See Sarah's research profile