I am currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute. My research and teaching are on global development and economic geography with a particular focus on the political economy of the pharmaceutical industry in India and sub-Saharan Africa.
I received my BA in economics and geography (1st class honours) from Trinity College Dublin in 2007. I subsequently completed an MA (2011) and PhD (2013) in geography at the Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, USA. In September 2013, I joined the University of Manchester’s Institute for Development Policy and Management (now called Global Development Institute) as a Lecturer in Globalisation, Trade and Industry. In September 2015, I commenced a Hallsworth Research Fellowship in political economy from the Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester. In September 2016, in conjunction with the Hallsworth Fellowship, I took up a position as Lecturer in Globalisation and Political Economy, and commenced an Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leader award (2016-2019).
My research is focused on the political economy of globalization, industrial development, trade, India and Africa. I have an active research agenda around South-South trade, and particularly India’s pharmaceutical industry and local manufacturing in Africa, for which I currently hold an Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leader’s Award.
My research specifically explores the political economy of the pharmaceutical industry in the global South, an issue of considerable contemporary significance and wide-ranging implications, including for public health as well as economic development. Following my PhD research on the political economy of India’s pharmaceutical industry within India, I have been actively tracing the South-South dynamics of this industry, which is known for its major supply of relatively low-cost generic medicines. At the same time, I am interested in efforts within Sub-Saharan, and particularly East, Africa over the last decade to overcome a dependence on imports of medicines, and encourage local production. Within this context, my fieldwork-driven research provides insights into contemporary globalization from a distinctive South-South trade perspective, while investigating the making and impact of changing trade rules (especially in relation to patenting), industrial development and production of vital medicines.
Two small projects – a British Academy-funded project on “India’s pharmaceuticals in South Africa” and a Regional Studies Association-funded project on “Local pharmaceutical production in East Africa” – have acted as vital building blocks to a large, comparative study on “India’s pharmaceuticals and local production in Africa: a comparative study” (ESRC funded, 2016-2019).
This blog is intended to include some information about my academic work.