Biography

I have had 21 years international research experience using qualitative and quantitative methods and am an active participant in academic networks with a strong record of publication and presentation. My research interests include well-being in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on more subjective/ psychological aspects and developing measures that reflect local priorities; poverty research and evaluation using qualitative and mixed methods approaches; and children and young people. I have had experience applying anthropology to complex problems in interdisciplinary environments and ensuring the quality of qualitative research within large international projects. More recently, I have contributed to a number of evaluations and carried out training on a bespoke basis, for example an assignment in Uganda building the evaluation capacity of ministries, Parliament and civil society. I also teach on the UEA’s short course and masters’ programme; I have taught on the main impact evaluation course since 2011 and started courses in gender research and non-experimental impact evaluation methods in 2013 and 2014 respectively. I was recently commissioned by the ESRC to review the methodologies used in the DFID-ESRC poverty alleviation grant scheme and advises Save the Children, UNICEF and BBC Global Media Action on research with mixed and longitudinal methods. The countries I work in most frequently are Ethiopia and Thailand; however, I have also conducted and managed research in Vietnam, Pakistan, Andhra Pradesh (India), Bangladesh, Peru, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, and UK/Europe. 

Academic Background

I have a PhD in Social Anthropology from Goldsmith’s College, University of London and a Masters in the Anthropology of Development from SOAS. Before joining the School of International Development in 2010 I was a Research Fellow with Young Lives (2007-10),at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford, and prior to that with the Wellbeing in Developing Countries ESRC Research Group at Bath (2002-7).

I maintain links with both groups through an ESRC grant with under the Comparative Cross-National Research Methods call (2010-15), and membership of the WeD Network.I am a co-editor of European Journal of Development Research and co-edit the Anthropology, Change and Development book series for Palgrave Macmillan. I am also the Vice-President for Education and Training for the European Association of Research and Training Institutes, a  member of the Development Studies Association Council, and co-convener of the EADI/DSA multidimensional poverty and poverty dynamics group.

CV and Experience

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All Publications

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Duvendack, M., Palmer-Jones, R., Camfield, L.

(2016)

Impact Evaluation for International Development: The Essential Guide,

Routledge

ISBN 978-0415830928 , 0415830923

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Barnett, C., Camfield, L.

(2016)

Ethics in evaluation,

in Journal of Development Effectiveness

8

(4)

pp. 528-534

Full Text

(Editorial)

(Published)


O’Flynn, P., Barnett, C., Camfield, L.

(2016)

Assessing contrasting strategies for ensuring ethical practice within evaluation: institutional review boards and professionalisation,

in Journal of Development Effectiveness

8

(4)

pp. 561-568

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Camfield, L., Roelen, K.

(2015)

Conclusion,

in Mixed Methods Research in Poverty and Vulnerability.

Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN 9781137452511

Full Text

(Other chapter contribution)

(Published)


McGregor, J. A., Coulthard, S., Camfield, L.

(2015)

Competing Interpretations: Human Wellbeing and the Use of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Development Policy and Practice,

in Mixed methods research in poverty and vulnerability : Sharing ideas and learning lessons .

Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN 9781137452504

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Roelen, K., Camfield, L.

(2015)

Mixed methods research in poverty and vulnerability: sharing ideas and learning lessons,

Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN 9781137452504

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Roelen, K., Camfield, L.

(2015)

Introduction,

in Mixed Methods Research in Poverty and Vulnerability : Sharing Ideas and Learning Lessons.

Palgrave

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Camfield, L.

(2015)

‘Character matters’ – how do measures of non-cognitive skills shape understandings of social mobility in the global North and South?,

in Social Anthropology

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(1)

pp. 68-79

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Glatzer, W. (ed.), Camfield, L. (ed.), Møller, V. (ed.), Rojas, M. (ed.)

(2015)

Global Handbook of Quality of Life: Exploration of Well-Being of Nations and Continents,

Springer

ISBN 978-94-017-9177-9, 978-94-017-7796-4

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Camfield, L.

(2015)

Enquiries into Wellbeing: How Could Qualitative Data Be Used to Improve the Reliability of Survey Data?,

in Wellbeing: Culture, method and politics.

Routledge

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Camfield, L., Palmer Jones, R.

(2015)

Ethics of analysis and publication in international development,

in Social Science Research Ethics for a Globalizing World : Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Perspectives .

Routledge

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Few, R., Satyal, P., McGahey, D., Leavy, J., Budds, J., Assen, M., Camfield, L., Loubser, D., Adnew, M., Bewket, W.

(2015)

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Semi-Arid Areas in East Africa,

ASSAR Project Management Unit

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Camfield, L., Duvendack, M., Palmer-Jones, R.

(2014)

Things you wanted to know about bias in evaluations but never dared to think,

in IDS Bulletin

45

(6)

pp. 49–64

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Camfield, L.

(2014)

The economics of non-cognitive skills,

in The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics : Volume 1: Context and Concepts .

OUP Oxford

ISBN 978-0-19-968711-4

Full Text UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Roelen, K., Camfield, L.

(2014)

Universal truths or hidden realities-chronic poverty in rural Ethiopia,

in Journal of International Development

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(7)

pp. 1024–1038

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Camfield, L., Esposito, L.

(2014)

A Cross-Country Analysis of Perceived Economic Status and Life Satisfaction in High- and Low-Income Countries,

in World Development

59

pp. 212-223

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Camfield, L., Duvendack, M.

(2014)

Impact evaluation: are we ‘off the ‘Gold standard’?: Impact evaluation,

in European Journal of Development Research

26

(1)

pp. 1-54

Full Text

(Special issue)

(Published)


Camfield, L. (ed.)

(2014)

Methodological Challenges and New Approaches to Research in International Development,

Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN 978-1-137-29361-9

Full Text UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Camfield, L.

(2014)

Growing up in Ethiopia and Andhra Pradesh: the impact of social protection schemes on girls’ roles and responsibilities,

in European Journal of Development Research

26

(1)

pp. 107–123

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Camfield, L., Duvendack, M.

(2014)

Impact Evaluation – Are We ‘Off the Gold Standard’?,

in European Journal of Development Research

26

pp. 1-11

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(Article)

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Key Research Interests

Currently, my two research foci are enhancing the quality of cross-national methodologies used to collect qualitative and quantitative data on poverty and vulnerability throughout the life course and supporting rigorous qualitative and mixed methods evaluations. I am part of the gender and impact evaluation research groups at UEA and co-organiser of the research network, 'As Well as the Subject: Additional Dimensions in Development Research Ethics'

Doctoral Research Students

I have supervised 24 masters and ten doctoral students to completion, and am currently supervising two doctorates:

 – Current

  • Claudia Linan Segura, 2015 ‘Aspirations and expectations amongst Mexican Youth: The role of educational and labour policies in the transition out of high-school’ (co-supervisor Maria Abranches)
  • Stephanie Shankland, 2016 ‘What is the role of social metrics in how aid institutions leverage private sector (MNC) resources for social impact and poverty reduction?’ (co-supervisor Maren Duvendack)

 – Completed

  • Jomkwan Yothasamut, 2012-2016 ‘Understanding of socio-cultural factors that influence childhood obesity among pre-schoolers in Bangkok Metropolitan’ (co-supervisor Michael Pfeil)
  • Will Monteith, 2012-2016 ‘The composition and function of politics in a historical marketplace in Kampala, Uganda’ (co-supervisor Ben Jones)
  • Sonja Marzi, 2012-2016 ‘Young Colombians' Aspirations in Cartagena de Indias: Navigating Spaces and Futures’ (co-supervisor Esther Priyadarshini)
  • Carole White, 2011-2015 ‘Social resilience and place identity in the small-scale “Cromer Crab” fishery, North Norfolk, UK.’ (co-supervisor Catherine Locke)
  • Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima, 2010-2015 ‘Exploring a mixed methods approach towards the development of a new measure of quality of life of Nigerian students’ (co-supervisor Lucio Esposito)
  • Kate Orkin 2009-2015 ‘Non-schooling factors influencing children’s time allocation to work, school enrolment, grade attainment and test scores’ (co-supervisor Stefan Dercon)
  • Kaneta Choudhury (p/t) 2006-2015 ‘Quality of life in Bangladesh: an exploration of people's goals, values and resources’ (co-supervisor Joe Devine)
  • Hannah Hoechner 2010-2014 ‘The educational experience of Almajirai in Kano, Nigeria’ (co-supervisor Raufu Mustapha)
  • Bethlehem Tekola 2005-2009 ‘Making Sense of Childhood Poverty: Perceptions and Daily Experiences of Poor Children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’ (co-supervisor Chris Griffin)
  • Faith Martin 2004-2007 ‘Investigating What Is Important To Quality Of Life: Validating The “Global Person Generated Index” In Northeast Thailand’ (co-supervisor Karen Rodham)

 

Teaching Interests

I teach on the PhD Research Skills Workshop module in the autumn term, Applied Methods for Impact Evaluation in the spring, and I direct the MRes Social Science Research: International Development pathway. I also co-direct short courses in small n methods for evaluation and researching gender and teach the mixed methods component of the impact evaluation short course. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Key Responsibilities

Postgraduate Research Co-Director. Deputy Chair of the DEV Ethics committee. Vice President for Education and Training and UK ExCo member, European Association of Research and Training Institutes (2014-). Co-opted member of the Development Studies Association Council (2014-, member since 2002). Associate editor, European Journal of Development Research (2012-). Co-editor, Anthropology, Change and Development book series, Palgrave Macmillan (2012-). Senior College Member, ESRC Peer Review College (2010-) and Academic member, Committee for the revision of the ESRC Framework for Research Ethics (2014-)