David Booth holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Surrey and was formerly a university academic at Hull and Swansea, the latter as Professor of Development Studies. He has been a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) London, since 1998. Between 2000 and 2009 David was the editor of the academic journal Development Policy Review.
He is the author of a large number of research papers for ODI and a guest blogger for the World Bank's governance for development blog. David Booth's work focuses on the political economy of governance improvement and aid in sub-Saharan Africa and, to a lesser extent, Latin America. He provides training courses on Political Economy Analysis in collaboration with The Policy Practice to development agencies worldwide. David Booth leads the Africa Power and Politics Programme.