Effective States and Inclusive Development

Dr Sophie King


Sophie King is Research Fellow on the Realising Just Cities programme at the University of Sheffield’s Urban Institute. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow of the School of Environment, Education and Development at The University of Manchester, where she completed her PhD within the Global Development Institute. Along with Diana Mitlin and Peter Kasaija, she is currently co-producing research for ESID into urban poverty reduction programming in Uganda in partnership with the National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda and their support NGO, ACTogether Uganda.


Sophie’s current work, and former practice, focuses on relationships between marginalised communities and local governments, including the drivers of social accountability. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Development Studies; the European Journal of Development Research; and Third World Quarterly. Her ongoing work focuses on research as transformative practice; knowledge co-production; and processes for achieving greater social justice for marginalised groups within towns and cities of the Global North and South.

ESID publications

King, S. and Hickey, S. (2015). ‘Beyond elite bargains: building democracy from below in Uganda’. ESID Working Paper No. 45. Manchester.

Other recent publications

Hickey, S. and King, S. (2016). ‘Shaping social accountability: politics, power and social contracts‘, Journal of Development Studies, 52(8): 1225-1240.

King, S. (2015). ‘Increasing the power of the poor? NGO-led social accountability initiatives and political capabilities in Uganda‘, European Journal of Development Research, 27(5): 887-902.

King, S. (2015) ‘Political capabilities for democratisation in Uganda: good governance or popular organisation building?Third World Quarterly, 36(4): 741-757.

Further information

View Sophie’s profile on academia.edu.

Watch Sophie introduce her research on urban poverty in Uganda.

Watch Sophie talk about why local government are committed to reducing urban poverty in Uganda.