Dr Samantha Watson MA(Hons)MScPhD

Assistant Professor



I joined the Social & Mathematical Epidemiology Group in May 2014 to begin work on a DfiD funded, mixed-methods evaluation of the ILO's Work in Freedom project in India and Bangladesh. I'm additionally involved in an ESRC funded study led by Professor Wendy Olsen at the University of Manchester, investigating shifts in attitudes and norms around women's labour force participation in rural India and Bangladesh. Before joining LSHTM I was based at the Institute for Social Research (CMIST) and the Institute of Political Economy (IPE) at the University of Manchester, where I undertook my PhD.





Policy, Process, and Power

Globalisation & Health



My research interests centre on the political economy of development, labour and social provisioning, and transnational policy transference. This substantive research agenda is pursued alongside work on theory of social change and method in social inquiry. I combine extended periods of fieldwork (employing primary survey, qualitative interview, and participatory methods) with analyses of large-scale secondary datasets. I work primarily in South and South-East Asia and have undertaken research in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Myanmar / Burma.


Research areas

  • Agriculture
  • Complex interventions
  • Evidence use
  • Gender
  • Globalisation
  • Inequalities
  • Migration
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Statistical methods


  • Development studies
  • Political science
  • Social Sciences
  • Statistics


  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • South Asia


  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Myanmar
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