Dr David Lawson

Senior Lecturer

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Profile: ACIB, BA (Economics) MA (Economic Development and Policy Analysis) PhD (Economics) University of Nottingham


Professional Experience
25+ years experience (5 years as resident - Ethiopia, Lesotho, Uganda) of development economics and policy application in developing countries. Extensive consultancy and advisory work in 10 SSA countries for governments, international donors and NGO’s. Recent assignments completed for DFID, NORAD, UNICEF, World Bank, and Governments of Lesotho, Swaziland and Uganda.


Administrative Positions

2013-16, School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) and University Ethics Committee - Chair

2008-13, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM)/School of Economics : Development Economics and Policy Seminar Series - Co-Convenor

2007-9, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM): PGR - Discipline co-ordinator

2005, Development Economics and Public Policy (DEPP) - Cluster convenor.

2004+, MSc International Development: Public Policy and Management (PPM) - Program Director; Economics Analysis of the Public Sector (EAPS) and Public Sector Reform and Management (PSRM) - Module Convenor. Gender and Development – Contributor.


Professional Positions

2018 - Senior Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute 

2015-16, Pivotal Ventures (Gates Foundation) - Invited Expert 

2012 +, University of Helsinki, Development Studies - Visiting Professor

2011-12, OECD, Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) - Invited Expert

2010-11, University of Helsinki, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) - Visiting Research Fellow

2009-11, World Health Organisation (WHO), Scientific Resource Group (SRG) on Equity Analysis and Research - Panel Expert.

2009-16, Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI), University of Manchester - Faculty Associate.

2009-11, Herbert Simon Institute (HSI), MBS, University of Manchester - Fellow.

2003-10, Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC) - Research Fellow.

2003-8, Global Poverty Research Group (GPRG), Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at Oxford University, and the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) at Manchester University - Research Fellow.

2007, 2010, United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research ( UNU-WIDER), Helsinki, Finland - Visiting Research Fellow.

2005-7, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), BRAC, Bangladesh - Visiting Research Fellow

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Country Experience

Bangladesh, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, St Kitts and Nevis, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda.


Completed PhD Students

Ibrahim Kasirye, 'Agriculture and Gender in Developing Countries: The Case for Uganda'.

Gordon Abeke-Nkrumah, 'Determinants of Utilisation of Maternal Healthcare Services in Ghana'

Lawrence Ado-Kofie, “The Distributional Impact of Economic Growth on Non-Income Dimension of Poverty in Ghana”

Olabimton Adebowale “Microfinance and Its Impact on The Dynamics of Poverty: A Case Study of Nigeria”

Alma Kudebayeva, “Measurement and Determinants of Poverty in Kazakhstan during the boom of 2000’s: Alternative Approaches”


(Selected) Professional Activities

External Examiner: Middlesex University, University of Nottingham (3), University of Sussex (2); University of York 



External positions

Senior Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute

1 Oct 20181 Jul 2020

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