Prof Samuel Hickey

Professor of Politics and Development

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BA Politics (1994, Liverpool), PGDip Research Methodology (1996, UCE), MA Development Studies (1997, Staffs), Phd Development Studies (2002, Staffs)

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I am currently Deputy CEO of the African Cities Research Consortium, a six-year programme funded by FCDO, which seeks to generate new insights and approaches to tackle complex problems in Africa’s rapidly changing cities, and enable them to become more productive, equitable and inclusive. Previously, I was joint Director of Research within the DFID-funded Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) Research Centre, which concluded in 2019.

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Teaching Commitments

Contributing lecturer to the following courses: 

Politics, Governance and Development

Development Fundamentals

Development Research

Poverty and Development

Policy Analysis

Anti-Poverty Transfers

Research Methodology (PhD course)


Current PhD Students

2016- Mohammed Ibrahim, ‘Investigating the socio-political impacts of social protection in Ghana’. Fully funded through Zochonis Trust Award. Lead, with Tom Lavers.

2016- Edward Ampratwum, 'The Politics of Implementing Social Protection in Ghana'. Fully funded through School PhD Award. Lead, with Tom Lavers.

2015- Matt Tyce ‘The political dynamics of growth and structural transformation in KenyaESRC Fully funded through ESRC-NWDTC Award. Lead; Co-supervisor: Kunal Sen.

2014-  Kate Pruce ‘The politics of social protection in Zambia’. Fully funded through ESRC-NWDTC Award. Lead; Co-supervisor: Armando Barrientos.

2013- Chris Lyon ‘Social contracts and social justice in Brazil: towards a relational approach’. Fully funded through BWPI Award. Lead; Co-supervisor: Armando Barrientos.

2013- Ishmael Aayanore. ‘Governing oil in Ghana’. Fully funded through Government of Ghana. Lead; Co-supervisor:Tomas Frederiksen.


Completed PhD Students

Jessica Hawkins. State formation in Uganda. Co-supervisor, with Tim Jacoby.

Kojo Asante ‘The politics of oil in Ghana and Uganda’. Principal Supervisor, with Tony Bebbington. Fully funded through BWPI/ESID.

Sophie King ‘Exploring the Political Space for Empowerment in Uganda: the role of NGOs’. Principal Supervisor, with Admos Chimhowu. Fully funded through ESRC +3 Scheme).

Badru Bukenya, ‘The politics of service delivery: towards processes of state and citizenship formation in Uganda’. Principal Supervisor, with Admos Chimhowu. Part funded through an SED Bursary Award.

Briony Smith 'Rebuilding social relations and citizenship in post-conflict Bosnia' (Principal Supervisor). Fully funded through ESRC award.

Ambrose Kessy 'Local governance reform in Tanzania' (Co-supervisor)

Annapaola Letizia 'Local governance reform and political capabilities in Albania' (Co-supervisor)

Jenny Peterson 'War economies and the neoliberal policy agenda in post-war Kosovo' (Principal Supervisor, 2004-7). Fully funded through Faculty OSR Award.

N'deye Fall 'NGOs and development in Senegal' (Co-supervisor, 2004-7) 


Country Experience

Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia and Namibia.


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