Portia Roelofs

Associate Researcher, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford
Lecturer in Politics, Department of Political Economy, King's College London

Dr Roelofs is an associate researcher at DPIR, where she is co-investigator on the John Fell Fund supported project "Management Consultants and New Frontiers of Governance in Nigeria" working with Prof Ricardo Soares de Oliveira. Her work sits at the intersection of politics, development studies and political theory.

Dr Roelofs' doctoral thesis focused on the celebrated 'Lagos Model' of governance that has transformed states in southwest Nigeria since the early 2000s. Drawing on in-depth qualitative fieldwork, it demonstrated how dominant conceptions of good governance as endorsed by donors like the World Bank are challenged by notions of popular accountability. Her book, Good governance in Nigeria: Rethinking accountability and transparency in the 21st century, links the debates surrounding the Lagos Model to wider questions of technocracy, populism and democracy (forthcoming 2022/23 with Cambridge University Press)

Dr Roelofs has an ongoing interest in the evolution of the relationship between the state and private actors and changing conceptions of good governance and corruption.

She has conducted fieldwork in Nigeria's southwest (Oyo and Lagos) and northeast (Borno and Adamawa).

From July 2022 Dr Roelofs will be Lecturer in Politics at King’s College London. She previously held a Junior Research Fellowship in Politics and Political Thought at St Anne’s College (2019-22) and was an LSE Fellow in International Development (2017-19).

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