Professor Sarah Bracking currently holds the University of KwaZulu-Natal SARCHi Chair in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment, under which a programme of research is being implemented in order to help reduce the scale and scope of poverty in South Africa by designing better means to assess policy intervention and implementation. This programme begins from the concept of poverty as multi-dimentional and multi-causal, such that research covers the economic, political and environmental domains, focusing on how we can ensure poverty reduction at both the micro and macro scales.
Professor Bracking graduated from York University in the UK (BA Hons Politics), then Leeds University (MA, International Resources and Development; PhD on Structural Adjustment, Business and the State in Zimbabwe 1991-7). She worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Democratization Studies at Leeds University, principally on the International IDEA State of Democracy Project. She then moved to the University of Manchester where she was a member of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre (2001-2006) and Global Poverty Research Group (2001 – 2007), held a number of research grants, was promoted to Professor in International Development in the School of Environment and Development, and is the Research Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Study of Value at www.thestudyofvalue.org.