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Autumn term, 2023

THURSDAY 13.00-14.00

FRIDAY 12.00-13.00

Samuel Alexander Building (room S 2.28)


RESEARCH DAY: Wednesday 


I’m a historian of 20th century West Africa. Focusing on Ghana and Nigeria, my work attempts to expand and refine our understanding of the political lives of economic and statistical knowledge. In order to do this, I try to combine approaches and methods from intellectual history, political anthropology, and the sociology of science.  

Before joining Manchester as a Presidential Fellow in Economic Cultures, I was research fellow at the Nantes Institute for Advanced Studies (2017-2018), and temporary lecturer in economic history at the University of Sussex (2014-2017).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, From Scattered Data to Ideological Education: Economics, Statistics and the State in Ghana, 1948-1966, London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London)

Master of Science, London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London)

Bachelor of Arts and Economics, Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Areas of expertise

  • HC Economic History and Conditions
  • Economic Development
  • economic sociology
  • State building
  • DT Africa
  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
  • African socialism
  • Utopianism

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • John Rylands Research Institute and Library


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