In the last two months, the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) of Oxford University has successfully expanded the research group of the MNEmerge project by recruiting two experienced researchers. One of them is appointed as a full-time postdoctoral Research Officer, who will conduct research and fieldwork in Ghana, participate in the day-to-day activities of the project, produce publications including monographs and journal articles, and contribute to the advancement of TMCD’s research. The Research Officer will start working from July 2014.
The other researcher, Dr. Shaheen Akter has recently started working part-time to contribute to the MNEmerge project survey design, data management and analysis. Dr. Akter obtained her PhD in agricultural economics from London University. Since 2005, she has been working as an independent research consultant with universities (Plymouth, Oxford), think tanks (ODI), NGOs (BRAC, Oxfam) and international organisations (ILRI Ethiopia, CIMMYT (Mexico), UNDP) and enriched her knowledge on the development issues of Asia and Africa. Prior to this, she worked in the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology and North South University in Bangladesh with various capacities. She has also taught agri-business courses in the Papua New Guinea University of Technology. Her research interests include technology adoption and quantitative analysis (poverty & vulnerability, impact, policy, agricultural markets, competiveness/efficiency, innovation and the interface between social protection and rural productive sectors etc.).