Tim Allen is inaugural Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and is Professor in Development Anthropology in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research has focused on international criminal justice, non-formal accountability mechanisms, forced migration, reintegration following displacements, war and conflict, aid programmes, witchcraft and social healing, tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS and health programmes. He has carried out long-term field research in several African countries, mostly in East Africa. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the five-year ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. His publications include the bestselling textbook, Poverty and Development (Oxford University Press 1992, 2000, and now in preparation for a third edition) and books on ethnic conflict in Europe and mass forced displacement in Africa.