Maria Pia Riggirozzi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies, supervised by Professors Jan Aart Scholte and Diane Stone. Her research concerns the role of the World Bank in Governance Reforms in Argentina. Her thesis develops a framework that combines critical perspectives in IPE and institutional analysis in public policy literature to analyse the role of the World Bank in advancing judicial reform and anti-corruption policies in Argentina via lending and knowledge-management. In the last year she has also been involved in a project for the Global Development Network’s Project ‘Bridging Research and Policy Project’ in which she analyses the research and policy dynamics in Argentina’s judicial reform. Her research interests include aid assistance and policy processes; the relationship between research and policy; and the power of ideas in global and local governance. Pia has been working on issues of development assistance and policy-making since 1997, when she joined the Research Programme on International Economic Institutions, under the direction of Dr. Diane Tussie, at FLACSO-Argentina. She also participated as Research Associate in commissioned study to evaluate the influence of research on public policy of International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supported activities.