Rebecca Elizabeth Hanlin

Senior Lecturer

After completing a BSc (Hons) in Development Studies and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, Rebecca worked in Tanzania and Nigeria.  During this time in Africa she worked both in private industry and as a consultant for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the area of malaria prevention technologies and public-private partnerships.   Rebecca also holds an MSc (Econ) in Health Policy, Planning and Financing, a joint award from London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MSc (Res) in Science and Technology Studies from University of Edinburgh. Rebecca’s PhD investigated health innovation partnerships and their capacity building activities in Kenya.  Rebecca joined Development Policy and Practice (DPP) in October 2007.  She is also Director of Health Innovation with INNOGEN, the Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences.

Rebecca’s work is in the area of innovation and development. She has two key areas of focus. The first relates to questions on how to marry science, technology and innovation policy with other areas of social and economic policy. The second area relates to how to build capacity in science, technology and innovation in low income countries both in traditional research settings but also in the workplace. Her research work has primarily been in the health sector (focusing on the institutional arrangements to support neglected disease drugs and vaccine development) but has more recently branched into energy and agriculture.  This is because she is now leading a new research programme focusing on innovation for pro-poor growth (IPG) which examines how to make innovation more inclusive in the health, agriculture and energy sectors. To see more on these areas of work please visit:

Rebecca is chair of TU871, the postgraduate course ‘Development: Context and Practice’ and is co-chair of its successor module in production, T877 which will go by the same name.  She is a member of the module team for an undergraduate course, TD223, ‘International Development: Making Sense of a Changing World’ as well as the capstone graduate module within the Global Development Programme: TU874, The development management project.

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