Charles Beck

Charles holds an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. He previously received a BSocSci Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Cape Town where he also was a teaching assistant, before working in China. Charles’ research interests are focused on political economy, monetary policy and the role of ideas in economic outcomes.  

Content by Charles Beck
  • Project

    African cities background: Kampala – a policy narrative

    This policy narrative examines the urban development of Kampala from its pre-colonial past to the present day. It covers both the spatial development of the city as well as its economic development. Special emphasis is given to the historical development of the city’s structure of governance, land and housing markets, and transportation networks. The analysis uses a wide...

    9 Oct 2017 | Patricia Jones, Julia Bird, Charles Beck, Astrid Haas

  • Blog post

    Delivering sanitation in Kampala

    Already, only 10% of Kampala’s population have access to proper sewerage. With increasing urbanisation, delivering sanitation in Kampala will become even more challenging. How should policymakers address the future for sanitation in urban Uganda?

    20 May 2015 | Charles Beck

  • Publication - Policy note

    Sanitation in Uganda

    The problem of sanitation is a growing, looming one. Take what we know currently about poor sanitation – be it the effects on disease, productivity, or dignity – but now imagine what could happen as 2.5 billion people are expected to move to cities in the next three decades. Globally, the magnification of these problems could be intense and chronic. Kampala is one...

    19 May 2015 | Charles Beck

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Considerations for South Sudan’s trade strategy

    10 Apr 2015 | Charles Beck, Jaime de Melo

  • Project

    Trade strategy pillars for South Sudan

    Barely two years into statehood, South Sudan has many difficulties to confront: including securing its borders to the North, working towards a resolution of the transit of oil via Sudan, at least until an alternative route is possible, and putting together a long-term development strategy starting from scratch. If South Sudan is to take inspiration from the highly...

    19 Mar 2015 | Jaime de Melo, Charles Beck

  • Blog post

    Is vote-buying always bad for development?

    Elections in the developing world suffer from considerable problems such as ballot fraud, low voter education. electoral violence, and clientelism. If developing world elections do not revolve mainly around policy accountability, there could be important consequences for economic development Vote-buying seems thoroughly undemocratic. Lobby-groups capturing the democratic...

    3 Dec 2014 | Pedro Vicente, Charles Beck