Craig Hatcher

Advisor Governance
Craig Hatcher, MSc, PhD

Craig Hatcher has worked in international development cooperation since 2010 and joined Helvetas as a Governance Advisor in 2017. He trained and qualified as a lawyer in the UK before he completed an MSc in Urban Studies and a PhD on informality and urban governance in Kyrgyzstan. He has experience of advising on a range of governance and legal issues in Africa, Asia, Central America, and Europe.


  • Hatcher, C. (2017) Making Property in Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek’s urban periphery as re-distributive space. Central Asian Affairs, 4(2), pp. 173 – 196. Special Issue on “Re-claiming Bishkek”

  • Hatcher, C. (2017) Rural-Urban Linkages in the context of sustainable development and environmental protection. Global Land Outlook, UNCCD, Bonn.

  • Hatcher, C. (2016) Institutional transition: internal migration, the propiska, and post-socialist urban change in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Urban Studies, 53(10), pp. 2175 – 2191 (with Thieme, S.).

  • Hatcher, C. (2015) Illegal geographies of the state: the legalization of a “squatter” settlement in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Special edition on Law and Geography in International Journal on Law and the Built Environment, 7(1), pp.39- 54.