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Research interests

I'm a political economist and Lecturer in International Development at the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. My research centres on how the global transition to low-carbon economies and societies interacts with and influences emancipatory projects and prospects in Africa, with particular attention to the extractive industries and renewable energy, and a regional focus on Central Africa.

I'm currently working on three projects:

  • Investigating the developmental implications of foreign corporate-led renewable energy expansion in Burundi, Rwanda, and the DR Congo;
  • A collaborative research project on technologies and transformation in the eastern DR Congo’s artisanal and small-scale gold mines;
  • A student-led project to rethink and reimagine the teaching of African Development Studies in UK Higher education.

I'm also finalising a book manuscript - Disrupted Development in the Congo: The Fragile Foundations of the African Mining Consensus - due for publication with Oxford University Press in 2023.

I've been involved in international development for 15 years, including 10 years living and working in Kenya, Burundi and the DR Congo. During this time, I've worked with and advised various ministries, multilateral agencies and NGOs, including the ILO, the EU, DFID, GIZ, USAID and Oxfam. Alongside my academic work, I write frequently for a range of different media outlets, including past publications for Al Jazeera, the Guardian, the Washington Post and Jeune Afrique.

PhD Supervision

I’m interested in supervising PhD students working in any of the above areas, and in particular (but not exclusively) on topics related to:

  • The social, economic, political, and/or cultural implications of the increased demand the global renewable energy transition places on the minerals and metals needed for low-carbon technologies and infrastructure, and which are predominantly located in resource-exporting economies of the global South;
  • The developmental implications of the dependence of renewable energy transitions in the global South on the diffusion of green technologies from North American, European and East Asian corporations.

External positions

Editorial Board Member, Review of African Political Economy

20 Jul 2021 → …

Council Member, Development Studies Association

1 Sep 2020 → …


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