Philip Mader

Research Fellow
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK


Philip Mader is a research fellow in the Business, Markets and the State research cluster, and has over 11 years’ research and consulting experience in the field of international development. Mader’s research areas include political economy, finance and development, youth employment, financialisation, financial inclusion and financial literacy, and private governance and standards. He has led impact evaluations of financial inclusion and Solidarity Groups for European and international funders.

Mader’s prior research, which focused on microfinance and its connections with poverty and financial markets, was awarded two major PhD prizes. He has research and consulting experience in India and sub-Saharan Africa, and has been invited to speak at academic and practitioner events on all continents.

Mader is the co-convenor of the MA Globalisation, Business and Development at IDS and, since 2016, he has convened the module ‘Business as a Development Actor’.

He previously taught sociology, political economy and theory of knowledge at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Universities of Cologne and Basel.