SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Luke Harman

MA (St And), MSc (London)
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Luke Harman
SOAS Food Studies Centre


Mr Luke Harman
Email address:
36 Gordon Square
Thesis title:
Voucher subsidy programmes in low-income settings: learning lessons from agriculture and health (working title)
Year of Study:
Year of Entry 2011

External Supervisors

Catherine Goodman (LSHTM)


Luke's first degree was a MA in International Relations (First) with two years of Economics at the University of St Andrews. After graduating, Luke worked for two years with an African development charity. This experience encouraged Luke to train in policy research and analysis and so he then studied for an MSc in Development Economics at SOAS (Distinction). After an internship with the UN's International Labour Organisation, Luke commenced his current PhD in October 2011. His main research interests are food security, rural livelihoods and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa.


Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

London International Development Centre


Through his PhD, Luke aims to draw out policy-relevant lessons regarding the contributions and challenges of implementing subsidy programmes in agriculture and health in low-income countries. This will be achieved by drawing on literature from both sectors and analysing two case studies - the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Programme and the Tanzanian National Voucher Scheme. His methods draw from both the health and agricultural economics literature.