Biography

I have taught in the School of International Development at UEA since late 1999. My interest in development stems from the mid 1980s when I was studying for a maths degree in Bristol and active in the student ‘Third World’ society. After graduation I taught maths in secondary schools for seven years, two of them at a government school in rural Tanzania. These experiences left me with a strong interest in pedagogy, cemented my commitment to understanding development and convinced me that economics was where the most important questions lay. After returning to the UK I studied the subject to Masters level in London before coming to the UEA to begin a research degree.

Academic Background

My first degree in Mathematics was completed in 1987 at Bristol University and the following year I obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (secondary mathematics) from the same institution. I also hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics (1997) and an MSc in Economics (1998) from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. My PhD on rural economic development in Tanzania (2011) was completed over a number of years while teaching in the School of International Development at UEA.

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