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Research interests

I joined the Department as a Teaching Fellow after completing a DPhil (PhD) in International Development at the University of Oxford. My research combines a multi-disciplinary background in political science, philosophy, international politics, and development studies, with an interest in theories of global governance, political economy, and institutional complexity to explore the intersections between external governance norms and the politics reform in resource-rich countries. Currently, I am working on a manuscript that scrutinises two major reform efforts designed to steer Ghana’s oil industry towards a developmental direction: the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Public Interest and Accountability Committee.

Prior to joining the Department, I spent several years working with governments, development agencies, and NGOs on governance and public sector reform, political-administrative interface and centres of government, decentralisation and capacity development, as well as democratisation and election management, in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. I also taught various undergraduate and post-graduate courses on the political economy of global resources, interdisciplinary theories and themes of development, African politics, and political science at the University of Oxford and the University of Ghana.

I am a member of the Editorial Working Group of the Review of African Political Economy, a leading academic journal devoted to critical political economy analyses of developmental issues in Africa, and Vice President of the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa, an independent, non-profit pan-African advocacy organisation committed to sharing and promoting Africa’s cultural and historical heritage. I hold an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, and another MPhil in Political Science from the University of Ghana, where I also received a Bachelor’s honours in Political Science with French and Philosophy.

Education / Academic qualification

International Development , Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Oct 2012Jun 2016

Development Studies, Master of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Oct 2009Jun 2011

Political Science, Master of Philosophy, University of Ghana

Aug 2007Apr 2009

Political Science with French, Bachelor of Arts, University of Ghana


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Comparative politics and global governance
  • Institutional complexity and reform
  • Resource politics and extractive sector governance
  • Regional expertise: Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific

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Research Output 2013 2017

  • 4 Article
  • 2 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Chapter
basic industry
non-governmental organization

Case Study: The Ghana Public Services Commission

Oppong, N. 2016 Key Principles of Public Sector Reforms Case Studies and Frameworks. London, U. K.: Commonwealth Secretariat, p. 130-154

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citations
public interest
crude oil