Current research involves international development policy and aid effectiveness in fragile and conflict-affected areas.

Exploring the cases of Afghanistan and Pakistan through an enhanced understanding of the social capital-aid effectiveness-fragility nexus, my primary interest is to examine how material and/or non-material exchanges among social networks of donor agencies and recipient organizations help or hinder potential aid-delivery processes in fragile and conflict-afflicted environments.

Integrating a conceptual and methodological framework of social capital theory, social network analysis, and qualitative comparative analysis, my research analyzes stakeholder relationships within active rural development programs. The research will determine whether inherent structural properties translated from global development networks create limitations for sustainable locally-owned development processes and outcomes.