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Dr Frangton Chiyemura

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Professional biography

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. 

Research interests

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.

Teaching interests

I teach postgraduate modules on Global Development and I am contributing lecturer to a Masters program in Global Development Management.  


[Book Review] Energy security and cooperation in Eurasia. Power, profits and politics by Ekaterina Svyatets, Oxon, UK, Routledge Studies in Energy Policy, 2016. (2020-07-04)
Chiyemura, Frangton
Eurasian Geography and Economics, 61(3) ((Early Access))

'Perceptions of reality'? challenges of climate change to indigenous knowledge systems in Vhembe district municipality, South Africa (2016-01-01)
Chiyemura, Frangton and Mokgale, Makgopa
Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, 15(2) (pp. 88-103)

Structural Adjustment (2020)
Mohan, Giles and Chiyemura, Frangton
In: Kobayashi, Audrey ed. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (pp. 61-69)
ISBN : 978-0-08-102296-2 | Publisher : Elsevier

Contextualizing African Agency in Ethiopia-China engagement in wind energy infrastructure financing and development (2020-10-28)
Chiyemura, Frangton
Open University, Milton Keynes, U.K..

Chinese Infrastructure Financing: Is Ethiopia Naïve? (2019-12-28)
Chiyemura, Frangton
Addis Fortune Newspaper, Addis Ababa.