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Neil McCulloch

The Policy Practice, United Kingdom
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Dr. Neil McCulloch is a freelance consultant and researcher.  His main area of focus is on the political economy of reform in the energy sector, including work on fuel subsidy reform in Indonesia and Nigeria.  Previously, Dr. McCulloch was the Director of the Economic Policy Program at Oxford Policy Management and, before that, the Lead Economist of the Australian Aid program in Indonesia. He has also led the Globalisation Research Team in the Institute of Development Studies in the UK and was a Senior Economist for the World Bank in Indonesia.

Dr. Neil McCulloch is an experienced development economist with a focus on the political economy of energy, aid, trade and poverty issues.  He was formerly the Director of the Economic Policy Programme in OPM, providing strategic management to OPM’s work on a wide range of economic policy issues including the energy and climate change portfolios.  Dr. McCulloch was also the leader of the Globalisation Research Team in the Institute of Development Studies in the UK and has produced a wide range of publications from journal articles, to books, policy briefs, and blogs. 

 Over his career, Dr. McCulloch has worked for developing country governments, was a Senior Economist for the World Bank, the Lead Economist for AusAID in Indonesia, and a Programme Director for a leading international NGO.  This has given him an excellent appreciation, both of how research and knowledge is generated in academia – but also how it is absorbed and used by practitioners and policymakers.

Dr. McCulloch also has strong knowledge in the field of energy.  Originally trained as an electrical engineer, his academic and subsequent economic policy work focusses on understanding how to navigate complex and politically sensitive economic reforms.  Dr. McCulloch has a particular interest in research on the political economy of energy subsidies, having led work on this topic in Indonesia and Nigeria.