Nelson is a Lecturer in African Studies and International Development at the Centre of African Studies whose research devotes to the politics of natural resources, institutional reform, state building and related global processes in low-income countries. He is a member of the Editorial Working Group of the Review of African Political Economy, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom, and a Democracy and Development Fellow at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD)-Ghana.
Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, Nelson held various teaching positions at the University of Oxford, University of Bath, and City University of New York, where he taught different courses in international development, politics, international relations, world history and human geography. He has also spent several years as a development and policy consultant for the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat and many public sector organizations in West Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific regions.
Nelson completed his Ph.D. in International Development at the University of Oxford, where he also received an M.Phil. degree in Development Studies. He possesses another M.Phil. degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Political Science, French and Philosophy from the University of Ghana.
Global justice, Institutions and institutional change, Norms, Politics of oil, Participation, Social movements, Theories of global justice, Sustainability, Governance, Development studies, Civil society, Ghana, Environment, International Relations, Political representation, Law and Regulation, economic transformations
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