Bilal Siddiqi

Director of Research, Center for Global Action at UC Berkeley

Bilal Siddiqi is currently the Director of Research at the Center for Global Action at UC Berkeley. He was previously supported by ESOC as a postdoctoral scholar affiliated with the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University. His research focuses on micro-institutions, formal and informal legal systems, peace-building and state accountability in post-conflict settings. He is currently involved in several field experiments in Sierra Leone and Liberia, including a randomized controlled trial of two non-financial incentive mechanisms in Sierra Leone’s public health sector; experimental evaluations of community-based paralegal programs in Liberia and Sierra Leone; and a randomized controlled trial of a community reconciliation program in Sierra Leone. Bilal received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to Stanford, he was based at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm as a Marie Curie / AMID Scholar; and has also spent time at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, where he worked on aid effectiveness in global health. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan.