Our projectsCan Democracy Deliver?

Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery in the Developing World

Sustainable Development Goal target(s)

Primarily Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16).

Also several additional targets, including No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, and Water and Sanitation, and Gender Equality.

Project lead Professor Robert Mattes (School of Government & Public Policy)
Open to year groups 3 to 5 
Faculties/departments
  • Government & Public Policy
  • Politics
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • Economics
  • Civil Engineering

Please note: availability can vary between degrees. Please contact your advisor of studies and the project lead for more information.

How to apply

To apply for this project please complete our application form.

16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Project overview

This project is intended to examine the linkages between the quality of democracy, citizenship, service delivery, and quality of life in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

Students will have the opportunity to use various forms of survey, administrative, and national accounts data to map levels of well-being and investigate factors that facilitate or retard sustainable development.

Third and fourth year students might pursue projects which map access to schools, clinics and other service infrastructure, satisfaction with services, and lived poverty within specific countries.

At more advanced levels, some participants might investigate the connections between the nature of the political regime, the quality of the public service, citizen values, and public participation, especially when set against larger issues such as economic trends, violent conflict and geography, within or across countries.

Others might assess the feasibility of differing technical solutions to the delivery of clean water, cooking fuel and electricity, given various cultural, economic and political contexts.

Have more questions, or want to get involved?

Contact Robert.mattes@strath.ac.uk, or apply for this project.