Caroline Moser is Professor of Urban Development and Director of the Global Urban Research Centre, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester.
She is an urban social anthropologist/social policy specialist with more than thirty years’ experience in urban development and social policy - in academic research, as an international bureaucrat, and in teaching and training. As a researcher she has focused primarily on urban poverty, informal sector, urban violence, social capital and household vulnerability/coping strategies, and gender and development, as well as research on social policy, community participation, social dimensions of economic reform and informal settlements.
She has worked in an academic university department (LSE) as Convenor of a graduate programme, and as an adjunct professor (New School, New York); in a graduate urban development institute (DPU), managing a global training program on gender planning; in a policy-focused international agency (World Bank), where as Lead Specialist for Social Development in Latin America, she undertook research on urban violence and advised operational task managers in the design of social policy and programmes; and in policy-related research think-tanks in London (ODI) and Washington (the Brookings Institutions). Her current research interests include asset accumulation and urban poverty reduction; the gendered impact of international migration on urban labour markets; youth exclusion and violence in cities; and the spatial planning implications of insecurity and violence.