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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
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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