Sally Roever

Director, Urban Policies Programme

"The effective protection of basic rights is essential for street vendors and the households that rely on the earnings they generate. No vendor should be beaten, arrested or jailed for selling legal goods or services in the streets."


informal employment, law and informality, gender, employment and poverty, urban and local government, research design, qualitative and mixed methods, survey research, questionnaire design

Sally has 15 years’ experience studying the ways in which laws, policies and politics — at both local and national levels — shape informal work and informal workers' organizations. This experience is based on grounded, in-depth knowledge gained through mixed-method field research and collaboration with informal workers and their membership-based organizations.

Sally’s work with WIEGO focuses primarily on urban policy trends in the street vending sector; law and informality; research design; and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. She is presently the Director of the Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) and sits on WIEGO committees for research, law and informality, and the focal cities initiative.

Prior to joining WIEGO, Sally was a Lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and Visiting Researcher in Public Administration at Leiden University (The Netherlands). She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley (2005) with specializations in research design, qualitative methodology, comparative politics and Latin American politics. She is currently a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Forthcoming Publication:

2015 (forthcoming). “Key Drivers of Asset Erosion and Accumulation in Informal Employment.” In Caroline Moser, ed., Gender, Asset Accumulation, and Just Cities: Pathways to Transformation.

In the News:

2014. A Tale of Two Cities: Mixing the Urban Poor into a Rich Urban Life. Pooja Bhatya. NPR.

2014. “‘It’s As If We Don’t Exist’: Hawkers from Accra to Lima Speak Out.” The Guardian.

2014. How Informal Workers Contribute to Cities.  Inclusive Cities.

2013. What a Brazilian Soap Opera Can Tell Cities About Street Vending. Inclusive Cities.