Dr Sophie King

Research Fellow

About Sophie

Dr Sophie King joined the Urban Institute as Research Fellow for the Realising Just Cities programme in January 2017, following appointments with the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute, and the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford. Sophie has a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester, an MA in Social Research from the University of Leeds, and a background in community development practice and participatory action research within the Greater Manchester city-region.

Research interests

Since 2006, Sophie’s research and practice has focused on modes of community organising among marginalised social groups and understanding how collaborative approaches to local governance and service delivery can contribute to reducing poverty and inequality. Sophie’s research is currently focused on community-led organising in and between low-income neighbourhoods in the UK, and on working with neighbourhood-based groups in Greater Manchester to learn from urban social movements in the Global South. Other recent work has included research with ACTogether Uganda and the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda examining the politics of collaborative service provision and inclusive governance in Ugandan municipalities, and a study of community resilience to flooding in East Salford. Sophie has also carried out research consultancies for the World Bank and Oxfam GB.

Publications

King, S. and Hickey, S. (2016) ‘Building democracy from below: Lessons from Western Uganda’ The Journal of Development Studies (advance online publication) DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2016.1214719

Hickey, S. and King, S. (2016) ‘Shaping social accountability: politics, power and social contracts’ The Journal of Development Studies, 52:8, 1225-1240, DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2015.1134778

King, S. (2015) ‘Increasing the power of the poor? NGO-led social accountability initiatives and political capabilities in Uganda’. European Journal of Development Research, 27, 887–902. DOI: 10.1057/ejdr.2014.74

King, S. (2015) ‘Political capabilities for democratisation in Uganda: good governance or popular organisation building?’ Third World Quarterly, 36(4).

Rachel Hayman, Sophie King, Tiina Kontinen, and Lata Narayanaswamy (Eds.) (2016) Negotiating Knowledge: Evidence and Experience in Development NGOs. Practical Action Publishing.

King, S. with Businge, C. (2016) ‘Making development more inclusive in Western Uganda: hybrid knowledge, deliberative space, and agenda-setting power’, in Rachel Hayman, Sophie King, Tiina Kontinen, and Lata Narayanaswamy (Eds.) Negotiating Knowledge: Evidence and Experience in Development NGOs. Practical Action

Hulme, D. and King, S. ‘Understanding global poverty reduction: ideas, actors and institutions’ in P. Haslam et al. (eds), Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors and Issues, Oxford University Press, (forthcoming in 2017)

2016 – ‘Promoting urban poverty reduction in Uganda: Lessons from Uganda’, ESID Briefing Paper No 24. Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, Manchester

2016 – ‘Promoting urban poverty reduction in Uganda: Lessons from TSUPU Municipalities’, ESID Briefing Paper No 25. Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, Manchester

2016 – ‘Promoting urban poverty reduction in Uganda: Lessons for Slum-Dweller Federations’, ESID Briefing Paper No 26. Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, Manchester

2014 – ‘Implementing the right to food in a context of increasing climate variability: politics, challenges and opportunities’ (Internal report for Oxfam GB international campaigns and advocacy team)

2013 – ‘What can governments do to empower poor people?’ Oxfam Discussion Papers, (with D.Green).

2012 – Understanding the role of context in shaping social accountability interventions: towards an evidence-based approach: Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, (with B.Bukenya and S. Hickey). Report commissioned by the World Bank’s Social Accountability and Demand for Good Governance Team.

2009 – Experiences of the detention process in Greater Manchester, June 2008 – January 2009. Refugee and Migrant Forum Manchester, Manchester Refugee Support Network. Manchester: MRSN.

2007 – Experiences of reporting and detention at Dallas Court. Refugee and Migrant Forum Manchester, Manchester Refugee Support Network. Manchester: MRSN.

2016 – Building democracy from below: Lessons from Western Uganda, Paper presented at the Development Studies Association conference, September, Oxford.

2015 – Seeing collective action against poverty ‘from the South’: What can UK scholars and activists learn from urban social movements?, Paper presented at the Policy and Politics conference, September, Bristol.

2015 – The Political Economy of Social Accountability in Uganda, Paper presented at the 65th Political Studies Association Annual International Conference, February, Sheffield.

Communities unite around flood risk and response’, 3 May 2017, Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities Project

What is it that we actually want and how are we going to get it?’, 26 April 2017, Policy@Manchester

Co-producing knowledge about government vision, commitment and capacity to reduce urban poverty in Uganda, 28 June 2016, Effective States and Inclusive Development Centre (with Peter Kasaija, Silver Owere, and Katana Gorretti)

Seeing from the South: An International Exchange with South African Shelter Activists, 6 May 2016, Social Action Research Foundation (with Dan Silver and Diana Mitlin)

Social accountability or social transformation? Working ‘with’ and ‘against’ the grain, 6 March 2015, Effective States and Inclusive Development Centre