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Dr Manu Savani

Dr Manu Savani
Lecturer in Behavioural Public Policy

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I am Lecturer in Public Policy, with interests in behavioural public policy and 'nudges', welfare politics, and food poverty.

Prior to my PhD, I was an economist at the Department for International Development over 2003-2012. I held roles covering a range of countries (Afghanistan, Burundi, Malawi and Somalia) and policy issues (pro-poor growth, HIV and AIDS, conflict and development, and value for money in aid spending). More recently, I was a Global Impact Evaluation Adviser for Oxfam GB, managing evaluations for the Gendered Enterprise and Markets project in Zambia and Bangladesh using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods in the field.


I was awarded my PhD in 2017 from UCL’s Department of Political Science. I hold a First from the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (St Anne’s College), and an MSc in Development Economics (Magdalen College). 

Newest selected publications

Savani, M. and Stewart, A. (2019) 'Making Market Systems Work for Women Dairy Farmers in Bangladesh: A final evaluation of Oxfam's Gendered Enterprise and Markets programme in Bangladesh'. Place of publication: Oxfam GB. Available at: Access Link


Savani, M. (2019) 'Can commitment contracts boost participation in public health programmes?'. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 82 (October 2019). pp. 101457 - 101457. ISSN: 2214-8043 Open Access Link

Journal article

Savani, MM. (2018) 'The Effects of a Commitment Device on Health Outcomes'. International Journal of Applied Behavioral Economics, 7 (4). pp. 1 - 20. ISSN: 2160-9802 Open Access Link

Journal article
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