Douglas Porter

Dr Douglas Porter

Adjunct Professor


BSocSc, MSocSc Hons. (Waikato, NZ), PhD (ANU)

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+61 2 6125 1275

Dr Doug Porter is an Adjunct Professor, SSGM at the ANU. He graduated with a Masters first class Honours from the University of Waikato, and was awarded the Sir John Crawford Prize for his PhD at ANU. Doug is currently adviser to World Bank programs concerning conflict, justice and governance, including the Justice for the Poor program and a project entitled ‘Justice, Security and Development in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States’. Doug’s work includes long term assignments in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia, Cambodia and Vietnam, Pakistan and southern Philippines. During 2007-2008, Doug was based in Timor-Leste where he was responsible for World Bank support relating to post-2006 conflict recovery, the surge in oil revenue and public expenditure management. His prior assignment was in Pakistan (2001-2006), where he managed Bank programs on access to justice, decentralisation and public resource management, and while based in Uganda (1996-2000), he developed performance based decentralised financing systems there and in Malawi and Zambia. Recent work focusses on urban security and justice (Papua New Guinea), local regulation, justice and state performance (Nigeria, Solomon Islands), governance and local financing modalities (remote Australia), and contributions to the forthcoming World Development Report 2017 on Law, Governance and Development.

Recent publications

Craig D, & Porter D (2014). Political Settlement in Solomon Islands: A Political Economic Basis for Stability after RAMSI? Political Settlement Part 3. In Brief 2014/12, Australian National University, Canberra.

Isser, D. L-A Berg, & D Porter (2014). ‘Four Cardinal Questions (and answers of a sort): Toward Just Development in FCS’. Just Development Issue 1, January

Craig, D and D Porter (2014). ‘Political settlements and post-conflict transitions: geopolitical and institutional perspectives from Solomon Islands” Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, Working Paper No. 39, University of Manchester.

Moran, M. and D. Porter. (2014). Reinventing the Governance of Public Finances in Remote Indigenous Australia. Australian Journal of Public Administration 73 (1):115-127

Moran, M., D. Porter and J. Curth. (2014). Funding Indigenous Organisations: Improving Governance Performance through Innovations in Public Finance Management in Remote Australia. Issues Paper no 11. Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Government.

Berg, L.-A., D Isser, & D. Porter, (2015). ‘Beyond Deficit and Dysfunction: Three Questions toward Just Development in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings’. In The International Rule of Law Movement: A Crisis of Legitimacy and the Way Forward, Harvard University Press.

Akmeemana, S, and D Porter (2015). ‘Securing a new ordering of power in Timor Leste: The role of sub-national spending’ in S Ingram, L Kent and A McWilliam, (eds.) A New Era?: Prospects and Challenges for Timor-Leste, ANU Press, Canberra. Citation url:

Hammergren, L. and D Isser with D Evans, D Porter and P Venning (2015). Institutional and Fiscal Analysis of Lower-Level Courts in Solomon Islands, World Bank, Washington DC., February.…

Porter, D, D Isser, P Venning, (2015). Toward More Effective and Legitimate Institutions to Handle Problems of Justice in Solomon Islands, Policy Note, World Bank, Washington DC., March.…

Porter, D. et al (2015). “Infrastructure Development In Edo State: adapting to constraints and creating capabilities”, The World Bank, Washington DC. April.…

Bain, K, D Porter and M Watts (2015). Institutional Fragility, Conflict and State Capabilities: Learning from Edo State, Nigeria, Working Paper, No. 97600. World Bank, Washington DC,…

Porter, D., and M. Allen (2015). The Political Economy of the Transition from Logging to Mining in Solomon Islands, SSGM Discussion Paper 2015/12.…

Akmeemana, S., and D Porter (2015). Just Buying the Peace? Subnational Spending, Institutional Innovation and the Political Order in Timor-Leste, Working Paper No. 97601. World Bank, Washington DC

Allen, M and D Porter (2016). ‘Managing the transition from logging to mining in post-conflict Solomon Islands’, The Extractive Industries and Society,

Moran, M., D. Porter and J. Curth-Bibb (2016). ‘The Impact of Funding Modalities on the Performance of Indigenous Organisations’, Australian Journal of Public Administration. V75 (3): 359-372

Porter, D, and M. Watts (2016). ‘Righting the Resource Curse: Institutional Politics and State Capabilities in Edo State, Nigeria’, Journal of Development Studies,

Porter, D, and M. Watts (2016). Multi-scalar Governance and Institutional Politics: Intentional Development and Asymmetric Capabilities in the Extractives Sector, Background Paper, World Development Report 2017. The World Bank.

Craig, D, D Porter, F Hukula (in press), “Come and see the system in place”: mediation capabilities in Papua New Guinea’s urban settlements, Research Report, World Bank, Washington DC

Craig, D and D Porter (in press), “There is security from this place”: Promoting the safety and economic viability of Port Moresby’s markets: lessons for market renovators, Policy Note, World Bank, Washington DC

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