Dr Charlotte Cross

Lecturer in International Development and Inclusive Innovation


I joined The Open University in February 2016 as a Lecturer in International Development and Inclusive Innovation. I have previously taught at the University of Northampton and the University of Western Sydney. 

I have a BA History and Politics and MSc African Studies from the University of Oxford and completed my PhD at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, in 2013. 

My research explores local governance, security and the politics of development, with a regional focus on eastern Africa. I am particularly interested in the role of informal, non-state or ‘community-based’ institutions in service provision and the policing of political, social and economic change. 

My PhD, Community policing through local collective action in Tanzania: sungusungu to ulinzi shirikishi, explored community policing practices in urban Tanzania from the perspective of participants in neighbourhood security initiatives and users of local policing services. 

Development Policy and Practice
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1908 654043
Fax: +44 (0) 1908 654 825
E-mail: Charlotte Cross