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Sarah Bracking

Sarah Bracking

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Professor Sarah Bracking

Position SARCHi Chair in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment
Discipline Development Studies
Phone  031 260 1544
Campus Howard College
Office Address 809, 8th Floor, Denis Shepstone Building


  • Professor Sarah Bracking currently holds the
    University of KwaZulu-Natal SARCHi Chair in Applied Poverty Reduction
    Assessment, under which a programme of research is being implemented in
    order to help reduce the scale and scope of poverty in South Africa by
    designing better means to assess policy intervention and implementation.
    This programme begins from the concept of poverty as multi-dimentional
    and multi-causal, such that research covers the economic, political and
    environmental domains, focusing on how we can ensure poverty reduction
    at both  the micro and macro scales.  
  • Professor 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 1991-7). 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 where she was a member of the Chronic Poverty
    Research Centre (2001-2006) and Global Poverty Research Group (2001 –
    2007), held a number of research grants, was promoted to Professor in
    International Development in the School of Environment and Development,
    and is the Research Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Study of
    Value at     
  • Her most recent work has focused specifically on the developmental
    co-benefits of climate finance designated for adaptation projects,
    moving from a twenty year career of research in development finance
    generically. Research on this is ongoing in the Leverhulme Centre for
    the Study of Value, funded from a major programme grant award from the
    Leverhulme Trust (RP2012-V-041). This research is critically exploring
    the social articulation of valuation in the development, environment and
    conservation domains. Professor Bracking also has ongoing theoretical
    and field research on private sector development and corruption in the
    extractive industries and infrastructural build projects in South
    Africa, funded by the Michelsen Institute.
  • From 2009-2012, Professor Bracking worked as Principle Investigator
    on a number of research grants: on reform of European development
    finance institutions (DFIs) and their use of tax havens, funded by the
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway (2010); on development and
    environmental impact assessment in development finance institutions
    funded by Norwegian Church Aid (2011); and on a community based system
    for the treatment of HIV, funded by the European Union and ACP (2008-).
    She was invited as an Expert Witness to the UK Parliamentary Committee
    on International Development (December 2010) because of her research
    work on the CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution. She has
    also worked with ZIMCODD on debt write-off (2008); Counter Balance on
    reform of the European Investment Bank (2009); and Advocates for
    International Development (A4ID) as a trainer (2006 -). Sarah is editor
    of Corruption and Development (Palgrave, 2007) and author of Money and
    Power (Pluto, 2009), and is currently completing a book on The
    Financialisation of Power in Africa (Routledge, forthcoming). She is
    also a Columnist at The Africa Report,



Book Chapters

  • Bracking, S. (2014) Corruption and development: the mutable edges of morality in modern markets. In: Heywood, Paul (ed) The Routledge International Handbook on Political Corruption. London: Routledge.
  • Bracking, S. (2014) Financial flows and secrecy jurisdictions in times of crisis. In  Hammar, A. (ed.) Displacement Economies, London, Uppsala: Zedpress, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet. (Africa Now series).


  • Bracking, S. (2015). Performativity in the Green Economy: how far does climate finance create a fictive economy? Third World Quarterly, 36(12), 2337-2357.
  • Bracking, S. (2014). The Anti-politics of Climate Finance: The Creation and Performativity of the Green Climate Fund, Antipode, 47, pages 36–302, doi:10.1111/anti.12123
  • Bracking, S. (2014) The anti-politics of climate finance: The Creation and Performativity of the Green Climate Fund. Antipode. doi: 10.1111/anti.12123



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