Professor of Social Policy and Development
London School of Economics
David Lewis is Professor of Social Policy and Development at the London School of Economics. A social anthropologist by training, he has worked on development theory and policy, specialising in development policy issues in South Asia, with a particular focus on Bangladesh, and on the roles of non-governmental organizations and civil society in development. He is co-author with Katy Gardner of Anthropology, Development and the Postmodern Challenge (Pluto, 1996), and author of The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations (Routledge, second edition, 2007). His most recent book is Non-Governmental Organisations and Development (2009, Routledge, co-written with Nazneen Kanji). He has regularly carried out fieldwork in Bangladesh since 1986, and his PhD thesis on rural development was published by Dhaka University in 1991 as Technologies and Transactions: A Study of the Interaction Between New Technology and Agrarian Structure in Bangladesh. He has served as a consultant to a wide range of governmental and non-governmental development organizations including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Oxfam Great Britain.