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I'm a Lecturer in International Development at the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. My research centres on the political economy of the extractive industries and the global renewable energy transition, with a regional focus on Central Africa. I'm currently working on a project investigating the effects of solar power expansion in Africa on local and national processes of economic development through a comparative case study of Rwanda and the DR Congo, and a book manuscript provisionally titled ‘In the Shadows of Giants: Mining and Economic Development in the Congo’.

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.


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