Dr Mathilde Maîtrot

MA (Manchester), PhD (Manchester)

  • Lecturer in International Development and Global Social Policy
  • Director of Programmes for MPA in International Development
  • Honorary Research Fellow at the Global Development Institute

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Areas of expertise

  • Governance and policy-making processes
  • Political economy of international development
  • Relational and political dimensions of poverty and inequalities

Academic biography

My main research interest lies in the exploration of the nature of state-citizen relations and its implication for the politics of development. I am particularly interested in examining the changing nature of the relation between states, civil society institutions and citizens. My research explores how formal and informal systems and structures of governance determine the terms on which citizens' access to public resources and shape experiences of inequalities and poverty.

My research interests have been strongly influenced by more than 10 years of professional experience in International Development.

Professional activities


Journal articles

** Maîtrot, M. 2018. ‘Understanding social performance: a practice drift at the frontline of Microfinance Institutions in Bangladesh’ Development and Change (e-print ahead of publication).

** Brockington, D. Banks, N. Maîtrot, M. Hulme, D. 2018. ‘Understanding Microfinance: Products or Organisations? Insights from the work of BRAC in Tanzania’ European Journal of Development Research 

** Kabir, A., and Maîtrot, M. 2018. Exploring the effects of health shocks on anti-poverty interventions: Experience of poor beneficiary households in BangladeshCogent Medicine5(1).

Maîtrot, M. and Niño-Zarazúa, M. 2017. 'Poverty and wellbeing impacts of microfinance: What do we know? WIDER Working Paper 2017/190. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER.

ম্যাট্র, ম্যাটিল্দ্‌. ২০১৭."বাংলাদেশে জ্ঞান উত্পাদন: সিভিল সমাজের কতিপয় সমস্যা",প্রতিচিন্তা ৭(১):৫৩-৭৬.

Kabir A, Maîtrot, M. 2017. 'Factors influencing feeding practices of extreme poor infants and young children in families of working mothers in Dhaka slums: A qualitative study'. PLoS ONE 12(2): e0172119.

Maîtrot, M. 2016. ‘Knowledge creation in Bangladesh: institutional challenges and personal opportunities within civil society’, Development in Practice, Vol. 26(6): 683-695.

Hulme D. and Maîtrot, M. 2014. Has Microfinance Lost Its Moral Compass? Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) Vol. xlix No. 48.


Edited books

Wood, G.D. Ali, Z. Maîtrot, M. and Devine, J. (eds) 2017. Aiding Resilience among the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh, Dhaka: University Press Ltd.

Zillur Rahman, H. Hulme, D. Maîtrot M. and Ragno, L.P. 2014. Scaling-up Social Protection in Bangladesh, University Press limited (UPL) with Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) and UNDP


Book chapters

Maîtrot, M. (2018) 'Sustainability paradigm to paradox: A study of microfinance clients’ livelihoods in Bangladesh' in Bateman, M. Blankenburg, S. and Kozul-Wright, R. The Rise and Fall of Global Microcredit: Development, Debt and Disillusion Routledge, forthcoming in fall 2018.

Maîtrot, M. 2017. 'Guardianship and processes of change: the feminization of extreme poverty in Bangladesh’ Chapter 4 in Devine, J. et al. (eds) Extreme Poverty, Growth and Inequality in Bangladesh, Rugby: Practical Action Publishing Ltd.

Hulme, D. Maîtrot, M. Ragno, L.P. and Rahman, H.Z. 2014. ‘Consolidating Nets and Promoting Ladders in Bangladesh: From Social Safety Net Programmes to a National Social Protection System’, in Hulme et al. Scaling-up Social Protection in Bangladesh, UPL with PPRC and UNDP.

Hulme, D. and Maîtrot, M. 2014 ‘Social Protection’s Role in Reducing Poverty and Promoting Inclusive Growth in Risk Prone Environments’, in Hulme et al. Scaling-up Social Protection in Bangladesh, UPL with PPRC and UNDP

Hulme, D. and Maîtrot, M. 2014. ‘International experience of delivering social protection: Are there lessons for Bangladesh?’ in Scaling-up Social Protection in Bangladesh, in Hulme et al. Scaling-up Social Protection in Bangladesh, UPL with PPRC and UNDP.


Other peer-reviewed publications

 Maîtrot, M. and Niño-Zarazúa, M. 2015. ‘A systematic review of the impact of microfinance on poverty’ Research Brief UNU-WIDER.

Barrientos, A. Niño-Zarazúa, M. Maîtrot, M. 2010. Social Assistance in Developing Countries Database (Version 5.0), Manchester: Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper; Chronic Poverty Research Centre Working Paper, The University of Manchester.

Blog posts 

July 2018. 'At harm’s length: when development bureaucracies mean business' Social Policy Association Blog No.35.

Oct 2014. How do we save the soul of microfinance? The Conversation. 


Research interests and projects

Research interests

International d/Development; social policy; governance; civil society; microfinance; poverty and inequality; social institutions; ethnography; Bangladesh.



Postgraduate (taught) modules

Contact details

Dr Mathilde Maîtrot
Lecturer in International Development and Global Social Policy
Social Policy and Social Work
Alcuin College

Tel: +44 (0)1904 321279