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Tom is a Director at IDinsight, based in Nairobi, Kenya. He joined IDinsight in January 2022 and leads research and advocacy on dignity and respect in international development.

Tom has 13 years of experience leading research in the Global South. Prior to joining IDinsight, he founded The Dignity Project, a campaign for more respectful international development. With The Dignity Project, he gave evidence to the UK Parliament and wrote several academic papers. Tom is the author of the book ‘Marketplace Dignity’, co-authored with Cait Lamberton and Neela Saldanha, published on 4 June 2024 by Penn Press.

He previously led Raising Voices’ work to prevent violence against children in schools in Uganda. Before that, he worked with the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, where he built the CREME research agenda on culture, research ethics and methods, and led work on activism, civil society and edutainment.

Tom holds a Master’s degree in Communication for Development from Malmö University in Sweden, and an undergraduate degree in War Studies from King’s College, London. He works to advance justice and create better governance through useful research, and believes research is most useful when it grapples with questions of power.