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Martin Walsh

Senior Researcher

Martin Walsh

The focus of Martin's work is developing the capacity of staff worldwide to commission and undertake high quality research in support of Oxfam's programmes and campaigns. He established Oxfam's first global research network, created Oxfam's series of online research guidelines, and has organised and facilitated research training in all of the regions in which Oxfam GB works. As well as editing new research guidelines and case studies, he is currently conducting in-depth research around a selection of Oxfam's effectiveness reviews in order to draw wider lessons from them.  

Before joining Oxfam in 2009, Martin worked as a project manager and development consultant for a variety of agencies and organisations, including the Natural Resources Institute in the University of Greenwich. He has also been an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, and Research Fellow in the School of African and Asian Studies in the University of Sussex. His Cambridge PhD was based on a study of the misinterpretation and reproduction of political power in rural Tanzania.

Martin is a Senior Member of Wolfson College in the University of Cambridge and the Reviews Editor of Tanzanian Affairs. In 2011-14 he was a member of the expert panel for the social sciences (Main Panel C) in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). His publications include a business training manual for women's groups in Kenya, a study of conflict prevention and mediation in Nigeria, and a series of papers on community-based natural resource management and political mismanagement in Tanzania. He has lived in different East African countries and is a fluent speaker of Swahili.

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Introducing our new case studies of Oxfam's research in practice

High quality research is an integral part of evidence-informed advocacy and development programming. Here Martin Walsh, Global Research Adviser, introduces our new series of case studies, starting...

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Our latest research guidelines for development practitioners

LEARNING:  High quality research is an integral part of evidence-informed advocacy and development programming. Here Martin Walsh, Global Research Adviser, introduces our latest research...

An Oxfam focus group in Douentza, Mali, 2013. Credit: Habibatou Gologo/Oxfam

New guidelines for the intrepid development researcher

Conducting high quality research is an essential aspect of programme design, evaluation and communication. Here Martin Walsh, Global Research Adviser, introduces our research guidelines, now with...

Families take boats to flooded villages, Dadu District, Pakistan, 2010. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

How livelihoods were saved in Pakistan's 2010 floods

Every year Oxfam undertakes rigorous evaluations of a sample of its programmes worldwide and publishes the resulting effectiveness reviews here on the Policy & Practice website. In this post...

Making markets work for women smallholders in Tanzania

As we launch the findings of our research on Women's Collective Action in agricultural markets, Global Research Adviser Martin Walsh, who helped to develop the methodology for the case studies,...

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Oxfam launches our new, improved research guidelines

As we launch our new series of research guidelines, Martin Walsh, Global Research Adviser, explains how they came about and how we hope they'll be used. ...