About The Research Group

Based at the University of Greenwich, London, UK, the International Microfinance Research Group specialises in multi-disciplinary research, consultancy, and training in microfinance. Working with partners in developing countries and in Europe, the Group aims at contributing to knowledge, practice and policy-making around the world.

The Group fulfils three core activities:

Research: Multi-disciplinary research in optimising the microfinance goals of helping reduce poverty in a financially sustainable fashion. The Leverhulme Trust has awarded a substantive research grant (2009-2012) for research in this area. Microfinance institutions and other stakeholders in India, Peru and Tanzania are part of the research.

Consultancy: Extensive consultancy and advisory services are offered to interested parties in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Training: The postgraduate course Microfinance in International Development has been running successfully since 2006. Short courses and tailor-made training advice are also provided to the financial sector in London. At present, five PhD students are undertaking specialised research on microfinance.



Dr Ana Marr, Reader in International Development Economics.


Dr Marr has over 15 years working experience in microfinance, conducting research, consultancy and lecturing in various UK institutions including the London School of Economics, the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex) and the Overseas Development Institute. She joined the University of Greenwich in 2002 and is currently Reader in International Development Economics working at the Business School and at the Natural Resources Institute. Dr Marr holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. She has published extensively on the topic.


Group Activities

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Group Statistics

  • Research grants: over GBP 200,000

  • 15 members

  • 5 PhD students

  • 3 international partners

  • Over 300 network members