Vanessa van den Boogaard

Vanessa van den Boogaard is a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) and is based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. At the ICTD, she co-leads the research programme on informality and taxation, which focuses on both informal taxation and the taxation of the informal economy.  

Her work aims to understand local institutions of financing public goods and the impacts that these institutions have for development, the state, and statebuilding processes. In addition to her work on informal taxation and revenue generation, Vanessa has ongoing research projects related to armed group taxation, formalisation processes, the role of zakat in non-state social welfare provision, and the role of traditional authorities in local governance.  

Vanessa completed a PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto and has mixed methods, qualitative, and experimental research experience in Sierra Leone, Somalia, the DRC, Ghana, and Pakistan. 


Read the GLD interview with Vanessa here!