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Alina Rocha Menocal

Originally from Mexico, Alina Rocha Menocal is Principal Research Fellow in the Politics and Governance Programme at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), as well as Director (Strategy) of the Thinking and Working Politically Community of Practice (TWP). Alina was also Senior Democracy Fellow on Applied Political Economy at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2016 to 2020 and a Senior Research Fellow at the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) at the University of Birmingham from October 2014 to March 2016, where she led DLP’s stream of work on Political Settlements and the Politics of Inclusion.

Alina is an accomplished expert with 15 years of experience working to bridge the gap between research and policy in thinking about governance from a political economy perspective, as well as to inform more effective engagement and ways of working among international development actors in developing country settings. Her areas of expertise include governance and institutional transformation; state- and peacebuilding and (post-)conflict trajectories; conflict and fragility; political settlements and the politics of inclusion; corruption and anti-corruption efforts; democracy/democratisation; political economy analysis; Thinking and Working Politically. Alina writes frequently on these different themes and she has authored or co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and reports on many of these issues for a variety of academic and policy-oriented publications and audiences. She holds a BA from Yale University in Political Science, and a MIA on Economic and Political Development and a MPhil in Political Science/Comparative Politics from Columbia University.