Neil McCulloch

Neil is Director of The Policy Practice and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University, UK. His research focuses on understanding the political economy of energy sector reforms – including subsidy reforms – in developing countries.  His recent research includes a SOAS Anti-Corruption Evidence project examining innovations in tackling corruption in the electricity sector in Lebanon; an IDS Action for Empowerment and Accountability project on the drivers of fuel riots globally; and study of citizen’s perceptions about taxes and subsidies in Nigeria.

He received a BSc and MSc from Edinburgh University in 1985/86, PhD from Keele University in 1990 and MPhil from the University of Oxford in 1994.

Content by Neil McCulloch
  • Blog post

    Reinvigorating Yemen’s electricity system: Avenues for reform in the midst of war

    The power generation system in Yemen is in a very poor state and urgently needs to be resuscitated.  Achieving this will require switching to cheaper and renewable energy sources like solar, making key repairs to the transmission and distribution system, restoring livelihoods to off-grid communities through decentralised renewable energy systems, and making fundamental...

    12 Jan 2022 | Neil McCulloch

  • Publication - Project Report

    Improving electricity services in Yemen

    The public electricity system in Yemen is in a very poor condition. The war has damaged or destroyed generation capacity and transmission and distribution networks across the country. This report offers the following recommendations:  Prioritise rehabilitation of generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure, based on a ranking of best return (MWs...

    24 Nov 2021 | Akram Almohamadi, Neil McCulloch, Joevas Asare, Moussa Saab

  • Blog post

    Beirut blast: Restoring power is important, as is trust

    The blast in Beirut has exposed Lebanon’s corrupt energy sector and therefore should be the starting point for a wholesale reform of a crippled political system to rebuild trust and ease rising public agitation. It did not take too long after the deadly Beirut port explosion, which devastated the city’s most vibrant neighbourhood and transformed the lives of thousands...

    7 Oct 2020 | Ali Ahmad , Muzna Al-Masri , Neil McCulloch, Marc Ayoub