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Research interests

My primary research focuses on the political economy of the extractives sector in Sub-Saharan Africa through a temporal lens. In particular, I focus on the hydrocarbon sector in East Africa, and the battery metals sector in Southern Africa. My PhD focused on the temporalities of the hydrocarbon sector in Tanzania, with a particular focus on Resource Nationalism, Local Content and the wider temporalities found in the Tanzanian hydrocarbon sector. Alongside these focuses, I also have research experience and interests in the political economy of agriculture, agro-industrialisation, and agricultural value chains in Southern and Eastern Africa.

My work is largely interdisciplinary in scope, primarily drawing upon political geography and political economy approaches, with a focus on the politics of time/temporalities to further understanding of the politics of extraction and development.

Education/Academic qualification

African Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh


Geopolitics, Territory, and Security, Master of Arts, King's College London


War Studies, Bachelor of Arts, University of Kent



  • Tanzania
  • South Africa
  • Development
  • Political Economy
  • Political Geography
  • Oil and Gas
  • Battery Metals
  • Extractive Industries
  • Agro-Processing


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