I completed my PhD in International Development and Inclusive Innovation in the Department of Development Policy and Practice (DPP) at the Open University, the U.K. in 2019. My PhD research project examined Ethiopia-China engagements in the financing and development of two wind energy infrastructures, Adama I and Adama II in Ethiopia. Using the case studies of the two wind farms, I applied African agency as an analytical framework to understand how Ethiopian actors shaped and influenced the decision-making patterns and outcomes when engaging with the Chinese stakeholders, from project planning, brokering, negotiations, implementation, management, operations and maintenance. After completion of my PhD, I joined DPP as a Lecturer in International Development.
I am interested in Chinese financing and development of ‘critical infrastructure’ (renewable energy, space infrastructure, telecommunications, transport, Belt and Road Initiative etc.) in African countries and how such projects contribute to inclusive growth and structural economic transformation.
I teach postgraduate modules on Global Development and I am contributing lecturer to a Masters program in Global Development Management.