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Kelechi is a lecturer in Management, Governance and Development Leadership at the Global Development Institute (GDI), University of Manchester. He is the convenor of the Human and Digital Development (HDD) teaching cluster, which manages several key postgraduate programmes within the GDI including the MSc degree in Human Resource Development: International Development, MSc ICTs for Development and MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development (on campus and by distance learning). Ekuma is also the co-director of the MSc HRD (International Development) programme. Kelechi holds a doctorate in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester, and his current research focuses on the relationality of stakeholders and the politics of elite interactions in public sector governance and reform implementation in developing contexts. He is also interested in understanding the implications of the emerging fourth industrial revolution for the future of work and skills development in developing and transitioning contexts.

Research interests

My research interest centres on exploring the relationality of stakeholders in the politics of development and understanding the critical role played by leaders, elites and coalitions in promoting or retarding development reforms, especially public sector reforms in developing countries (DCs). I am particularly interested in the politics of trust and cooperation in public sector governance and how reform policies are negotiated and contested in the public sectors of DCs, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. I am also interested in understanding how emerging complex policy problems, including issues of power relations and incentive structures shape the standards for public sector governance; and how these issues impact public sector employees in developing contexts. My academic interest is situated within the broad areas of: Developmental and critical leadership, public leadership and governance, Human Resource Development (HRD), National HRD and K4D. I am also interested on issues of public sector capacity building and talent development, as well as on systems thinking, discursive institutionalism and the politics of reform management in developing contexts.

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Human development
  • Public Sector
  • Public Policy
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Human resource development
  • Capacity development
  • Politics of development
  • Development leadership
  • Fourth industrial revolution
  • The future of work

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute


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