Our Team

Fiona Remnant

Managing Director

Fiona is co-author of the QuIP and co-founder of BSDR. Fiona lives and breathes QuIP, wearing all hats!

Fiona has worked in development for over a decade, specialising in the application and communication of academic research to practitioners and policymakers. She has worked for the Centre for Poverty Analysis in Sri Lanka, Oxfam in the UK, as well as in the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath. She worked with James Copestake on the Assessing Rural Transformations action research project at the University of Bath between 2012-2016, culminating in the development of the QuIP and the creation of BSDR.

Contact: fiona(at)bathsdr.org

James Copestake


James is chief author of the QuIP, co-founder of BSDR, and Professor of International Development at the University of Bath.

James has carried out research, supervised doctoral students and published widely on rural development, development finance (including microfinance), defining and measuring wellbeing and the political economy of development. His research experience spans India, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Andean region. James is also Director of Studies for the Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice (DPRP), an initiative of the Institute for Policy Research; he is a member of the Board of Intrac and a technical advisor to Gorta Self Help Africa.

James was principal investigator of the Assessing Rural Transformations action research project which generated the first full version of the QuIP and laid the groundwork for the launch of BSDR.

Gabby Davies

Senior Project Manager

Gabby is an experienced QuIP analyst, project manager and trainer who has been working with BSDR since its inception.

Gabby is an experienced researcher, manager and trainer, who has worked in development, business and academia in the UK and overseas. Her particular areas of interest are wellbeing, socio-ecological relations, post conflict environments and the use of qualitative and participatory methods in evaluation and assessment.

Outside work, Gabby is training as a personal development coach, and is learning to belly dance and play the mandolin, although not simultaneously!

Gabby leads on training within the BSDR team.

Contact Gabby: gabby(at)bathsdr.org

Ed Howarth

Senior Project Manager

Ed has been a QuIP pioneer since its early days, and is our lead on action research in the UK Voluntary & Community sector.

Ed is a development professional with extensive experience of supporting the growth and development of civil society organisations engaged in poverty reduction both in the UK and overseas. In the UK he has worked across Wales and the South West, internationally he has worked in Uganda and Papua New Guinea. Outside of work, Ed sits on the Board of the South West International Development Network and is a co-organiser of Tech4Good Bristol

Contact: ed(at)bathsdr.org

Susan Johnson

Non-Executive Director

Susan Johnson is Associate Professor in International Development at the University of Bath and Director of the Centre for Development.

She has a background in economics and agricultural economics and has a PhD in Development Studies. She worked in development organisations for 9 years (DFID, ActionAid) before joining academia. Her research interests have focused on impact assessment and gender relations and she has undertaken extensive research into microfinance and financial inclusion. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methods in her research and has recently been particularly interested in how the rigour of qualitative research for impact assessment can be improved.

Susan is a non-executive director of BSDR, maintaining a strong link with CDS and the University of Bath.

Morten Siersted

Non-Executive Director

Morten is CEO of Excel consultancy firm F1F9 which has worked closely with BSDR to develop data analysis solutions.

Morten has set up two other start-up companies, including The Fast Standard Organization which set a new industry standard for financial modelling in Excel.

Morten is a non-executive director of BSDR, particularly supporting financial planning and modelling.