Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Nelson Oppong

Teaching Fellow in International Development with an interest in the comparative politics, global governance, and political economy of reform in resource-rich countries

Teaching FellowBA, MPhil, MPhil, DPhil

3 East 2.19
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4579

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I joined the Department as a Teaching Fellow after completing a DPhil (PhD) in International Development at the University of Oxford. My research combines a multi-disciplinary background in political science, philosophy, international politics, and development studies, with an interest in theories of global governance, political economy, and institutional complexity to explore the intersections between external governance norms and the politics reform in resource-rich countries. Currently, I am working on a manuscript that scrutinises two major reform efforts designed to steer Ghana’s oil industry towards a developmental direction: the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Public Interest and Accountability Committee.

Prior to joining the Department, I spent several years working with governments, development agencies, and NGOs on governance and public sector reform, political-administrative interface and centres of government, decentralisation and capacity development, as well as democratisation and election management, in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. I also taught various undergraduate and post-graduate courses on the political economy of global resources, interdisciplinary theories and themes of development, African politics, and political science at the University of Oxford and the University of Ghana.

I am a member of the Editorial Working Group of the Review of African Political Economy, a leading academic journal devoted to critical political economy analyses of developmental issues in Africa, and Vice President of the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa, an independent, non-profit pan-African advocacy organisation committed to sharing and promoting Africa’s cultural and historical heritage. I hold an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, and another MPhil in Political Science from the University of Ghana, where I also received a Bachelor’s honours in Political Science with French and Philosophy.


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