Nelson is a international development specialist with an academic and professional profile devoted to the political economy of extractives, institutional reform, governance and related global processes in developing countries. He is a Lecturer in African Studies and International Development at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh. His recent engagements, which include consultancies for the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat and various international risk advisory firms, focus on the intersections between global governance norms and localized dynamics of reform and sustainable development in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific regions. Nelson has also been involved as a third-party risk consultant to various global firms that entered Ghana’s petroleum industry. He serves on the Editorial Working Group of the Review of African Political Economy and has published various academic manuscripts, policy papers, and insightful blogs for leading journals and international professional groups. Nelson has completed a Ph.D. in International Development from the University of Oxford, where he also received an M.Phil. degree in Development Studies. He also 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.


Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh -Lecturer in African Studies and International Development

City University of New York, York College, Department of History - Adjunct Assistant Professor

City University of New York, BMCC, Social Sciences Department - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) - Democracy and Development Fellow

Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom - Fellow

Law & Development Associates, Ghana - Senior Expert

University of Bath, Department of Social and Policy Sciences - Lecturer in International Development (2017-2018).

University of Oxford (2013-2016), Department of Politics and International Relations (Tutor - Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa), Oxford Department of International Development (Tutor - Development Studies, Political Economy of Global Resources), School of Geography and the Environment (Tutor, African Societies) .

University of Ghana, Department of Political Science (Graduate Teaching Assistant 2008-2009).