Kate Roll

Kate Roll

Associate Scholar

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Kate is an Oxford political scientist concerned with power and vulnerability.

With a background in international development, she is interested in the challenges and ethics of inclusive business, private sector approaches to poverty reduction, and the growing role of technology in these spaces.

For four years, Kate helped to lead Saïd Business School’s Mutuality in Business Project, which focuses on corporate practices designed to improve the lives of those living in poverty. As part of this work, she conducted field-based research on ‘base of the pyramid’ route to market programmes in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Kenya.

Beyond this work, Kate continues to research post-conflict transitions and she is particularly interested in the economic conditions and associated public policies which enable societies to rebuild following conflict. This work builds on her doctorate in politics (University of Oxford), which examined the reintegration of former guerrillas in Timor-Leste.

Kate also holds an MPhil (distinction) in International Development Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in International Relations (magna cum laude) from Brown University.

At Saïd Business School, she contributes to the strategy and innovation curriculum. She also serves as a lecturer in Politics, Somerville College, and lecturer in Management, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.


  • base of the pyramid development
  • business and poverty
  • technology for impact
  • economies of peace
  • post-conflict transitions


Kate’s current research focuses on two key areas: base of the pyramid development and post-conflict transitions.

Within the first area, Kate is particularly interested in the multiple forms of value that these programmes create and the participants’ experience of work.

Kate also has a particular interest in qualitative methodologies, and she has written on the interplay of qualitative and quantitative research, as well as the challenges of qualitative research in complex environments.

Looking forward, one of Kate’s growing research interests is the role of new technologies in creating positive social and economic impact in areas of poverty and exclusion, as well as mapping and understanding patterns of unintended consequences.

View Kate's research.


Kate’s energetic and interactive teaching style has earned praise, including a nomination in 2018 for the Most Acclaimed Lecturer Award.

At the School, Kate has:

  • designed and led various MBA elective courses 
  • taught doctoral students in management and organisational theory
  • led the core Strategy class and MBA groups on the flagship Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford (GOTO) initiative
  • contributed to executive education