Douglas Porter

Dr Douglas Porter

Honorary Professor


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

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Dr Doug Porter is Honorary Professor, Department of Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific. 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’s engagements in justice, public finance management and political economy include Timor Leste (2007-09), Pakistan (2001-06), Cambodia (2000-01), Uganda (1996-2000) and Vietnam (1993-96). He was a contributing author to the World Development Reports in 2011 (Security, Justice and Development) and 2017 (Governance and the Law). Doug’s current projects include work with the World Bank on governance, justice and security programs in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, the political economy of public finance management in Timor Leste, and fiscal decentralisation in Malawi. He is Lead Adviser to the OECD’s program on countering illicit financial flows arising from oil/gas trading in sub-saharan Africa, and a member of the Advisory Group for the University of Queensland-led ARC PNG/Australia Borderlands project.

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.

Porter, D, and M. Watts (2017) ‘Righting the Resource Curse: Institutional Politics and State Capabilities in Edo State, Nigeria’, The Journal of Development Studies: Special Issue on Resource Curse Politics., also published in collection under the title “Why Does Development Fail in Resource Rich Economies: The Catch 22 of Mineral Wealth”.…

Craig, D and D Porter (2017) “There is Security from this Place”: Promoting the Safety and Economic Vitality of Port Moresby’s Local Markets: Lessons for Market Renovators. Policy Note, the World Bank.…

Craig, D and D Porter (2018) Safety and Security at the Edges of the State: local regulation in Papua New Guinea’s urban settlements, Research Report, The World Bank, Washington DC.

Craig, D and D Porter (2018) Learning about Leadership, Regulation and Security from Papua New Guinea’s Urban Settlements, Briefing Note, The World Bank, Washington DC.…

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