Kari Lipschutz is the Director of OPM’s United States office. Her work in the U.S. focuses on building partnerships with mission-aligned development organisations. She is also the Director of OPM’s Oxford Policy Fellowship Programme. Kari’s consultancy work focuses on natural resource governance, political economy programming, and law and development.
Prior to her current role, she was an EC Marie Curie research fellow, and Consultant at Oxford Policy Management in the Economic Policy Programme. She was also a visiting research fellow at Columbia Law School’s Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (Now CCSI) and UCLA’s Department of Political Science working on fuel subsidies. Kari’s TAMNEAC research was focused on natural resource development and governance in fragile and conflict-affected states, particularly Nigeria. Recent consulting projects have included a systematic analysis of international natural resource governance interventions, political economy analysis of the petroleum sector in Uganda and Ghana, as well as developing a qualitative monitoring mechanism for an oil sector project in Nigeria.
Her doctoral research at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is concerned with the effect of oil dependence on the Nigerian legal system. Her MA thesis at SOAS explored Afghanistan’s recent mineral law and policy reform process in light of a larger international discourse on the tension between foreign direct investment policy and social and environmental policy with respect to extractive industries. Her four years practicing journalism in multiple media formats gives Kari the ability to express complex ideas in a variety of ways, and for a variety of audiences. Furthermore, her work at World Politics Review, and research as a Master’s student at SOAS, have given her a solid background in understanding the interaction between national implementation of policy and international agenda-setting.