Michael Edwards "is an independent writer and activist based in upstate New York who is affiliated with the New York-based think-tank Demos, the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and the Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester University in the UK. From 1999 to 2008 he was the Director of the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Program in New York, having previously worked for the World Bank, Oxfam-GB, Save the Children-UK and other NGOs in Washington DC, London, Colombia, Zambia, Malawi, and India. His writings have helped to shape a more critical appreciation of the global role of philanthropy and civil society, and to break down barriers between researchers and activists across the world. Michael was educated in England at the universities of Oxford and London, and now lives with his wife Cora in the farmhouse they renovated together in the foothills of the Catskill mountains." 
- Edwards, M and Fowler, A (eds.) (2003) The Earthscan Reader on NGO Management. (Earthscan - Europe/Stylus - USA)
- Edwards, M. and John Gaventa, (eds.) (2001) Global citizen action: Perspectives and challenges. (Lynne Rienner-USA/Earthscan-Europe).
- Edwards, M. (2000) NGO rights and responsibilities: A new deal for global governance. London: The Foreign Policy Centre.
- David Hulme and Edwards, M. (eds.) (1997) NGOs, states and donors: too close for comfort. Basingstoke/New York: Macmillan/St. Martin's Press.
- Edwards, M. and Hulme, D. (eds.) (1995) Non-governmental organisations: performance and accountability: beyond the magic bullet. London/West Hartford: Earthscan/Kumarian.
- Gosling, L. and Edwards, M. (1995) Toolkits: A practical guide to non-profit monitoring and evaluation. Save the Children Fund.
- Edwards, M. and Hulme, D. (eds.) (1992) Making a difference - NGOs and development in a changing world. London: Earthscan.