I joined the University of Portsmouth in October 2021 as Professor of Economics and Head of Economics and Finance within the Faculty of Business and Law. Before joining the University of Portsmouth, I was an Associate Professor in Economics and Head of the Department of Economics at Kingston University from September 2017 until September 2021. At Kingston, I have been the co-lead of the Applied Economics Research Group (AERG).
Prior to joining Kingston University, I was the Director of Research for Accounting, Finance and Economics at the Aberystwyth Business School, Aberystwyth University.
I have a strong background in academia with professional research and teaching experience in a wide range of topics in economics and allied areas. My broad research interests lie in the areas of Development Economics and Applied Economics with particular interests on aspects of International Trade, Labour, Productivity, Industrial and Regional Economics and the Economics of SME. I led two GCRF funded multi-disciplinary projects at Kingston University as PI for knowledge-exchange and impact-generation activities in ODA-DAC countries of focus. The first project was in partnership with REVA University, Bangalore, India (Co-Is: Professor S K Prasad and Professor Mathew Manimala) on "Indian MSMEs' responses to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis" from Jan 2020 until Jul 2021. The second project was in partnership with the Central Bank of Somalia, Mogadishu, Somalia (Co-I: Dr Abdi Ali) on "Somali business responses to a downturn in market conditions" from Dec 2020 until Jul 2021.
I have published widely in the form of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, book, discussion papers, working papers, and conference papers and proceedings. I was associated with the World Bank's 'Jobs and Development' initiative at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi, from 2014-2016.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA - now Advance HE) and have acted as an external examiner for taught programmes at several UK Universities.
I have examined a number of doctoral theses as an external examiner in the UK and abroad. I have also successfuly supervised a number of doctoral students at both Kingston and Aberystwyth University. I am willing to supervise suitably qualified and enthusiatic applicants for their doctoral research in the broad area of development economics with emphasis on applied and policy focused empirical work on international trade, productivity, growth and structural transformation, economics of labour markets and economics of SMEs.