Teaching Interests

During the last few academic years, I taught eight different modules – serving as a convenor/organizer for five of them.  Two of the units – Economics for Development 1 & 2 – are introductory undergraduate economics courses.  In the first, students are introduced to basic issues in development, both micro and macro.  In the second, principles of microeconomics with particular focus on development issues are covered.  This unit introduces students to standard microeconomics of development as well as insights from behavioural and institutional economics.  I was also involved in teaching a module on development issues of Sub-Saharan Africa.  The remaining five modules are at graduate level.  Econometric Methods for Development introduces graduate students to the use of econometrics.  Research Techniques and Analysis covers both quantitative and qualitative methods.  The module ‘Food Systems and Rural Development’ focuses at current global food systems and food security issues with particular reference to developing countries.  Environmental Economics covers environmental and ecological issues with a specific focus on development related problems.  Rural Policy focuses on the challenges developing countries face in improving living standards of rural areas.
So far, I've supervised 16 successful master’s dissertations in the last five academic years (2004-09); the dissertations, among others, covered various topics including energy, corruption, intra-household allocation, food security, privatisation, street children, wellbeing measures and post-conflict stabilisation in different regions of the world.

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

Kevin Crooks, ‘Social Behaviour and Agricultural Innovations Adoption: The Case of Jamaica’

Kalu Ibe Kalu, ‘Do Financial Incentives Make a Difference to the Performance of Public Sector Workers in Nigeria’

John Sawdon, ‘Economic Analysis of Climate Change Mitigation Policies in Rapidly Developing Countries: Vietnam Case Study’

Jesus Resendiz Silva, ‘Electricity, Privatisation, Politics and Regulation in the Mexican Economy’

The following students successfully completed their studies:

Alessandro De Matteis, ‘Food for All or Food Aid for All? What Rationale for Food Aid in the 21st Century?’ PhD

Kirsten Abernethy, ‘Why do Fishers Fish Where They Fish?’, PhD

Elizabeth Manda, ‘The Role of Information Systems in Agricultural Marketing in Malawi’ PhD

Lucio Esposito, ‘Essays in Poverty Measurement’ PhD

Fortune Laurence, ‘Industrial Development and Issues in the Footwear Industry of Nigeria’ MPhil

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