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Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Dr David Marsden

PhD, Anthropology, University of Durham


David Marsden
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Research Associate

Dr David Marsden
Email address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings


David has been working in international development for the last 30 years. He currently works as an independent consultant with a major interest in the changing nature of monitoring and evaluation.

Following post-graduate field work in Iran he began an academic career teaching about and training in social development in the Centre for Development Studies at Swansea University. He worked closely with the founders of INTRAC particularly on issues of monitoring and evaluation and was involved in a number of conferences on these themes with them.

In 1995 he joined the World Bank and managed the Bank’s first Social Development Unit, in their New Delhi office. He went on to become lead social development specialist in the South Asia region. His work with the World Bank involved considerable engagement with civil society organisations. In 2002 he spent a year as Research Director at INTRAC, under the World Bank’s staff exchange programme. He left the World Bank at the beginning of 2005 and joined the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg where he worked as senior social assessment specialist. He developed their social assessment guidance notes for use by project officers in projects outside the EU. He developed their training programme in close cooperation with the Civil Society group and the Corporate Responsibility group.

Current interests remain rooted in problems of developing effective monitoring and evaluation tools and in building opportunities to ensure that these remain in the hands of local groups. He is an accredited member of the Cognitive Edge network and is questioning traditional disciplinary boundaries for ways to make Anthropology more central to ‘management’, ‘economics’ and ‘development’


Iran, South Asia. International development, particularly the problems of developing effective monitoring and evaluation tools that may remain in the hands of local groups.