Department of Development Studies & College of Development, Economics and Finance

Professor Carlos Oya

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Department of Development Studies Professor of Political Economy of Development; Director of Research and REF Coordinator
Licenciatura (Madrid); MSc, PhD (London)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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+44 (0)20 7898 4566
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Professor Carlos Oya has degrees in Economics from Universidad Complutense of Madrid and SOAS (MSc Econ) where he also did his PhD in Development Economics.

He worked for several years in government in Mozambique, where he also did extensive field research on rural labour markets and rural poverty. He was also lecturer at the University Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique and is visiting lecturer at Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.  

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Research interests

Carlos has done research and fieldwork in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly on and in Senegal, Mozambique, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Angola and Uganda. His main research interests are: labour relations and employment, agrarian political economy, development policy, poverty, and research methodology.

Carlos has done extensive field-based research on contemporary labour market dynamics in various African countries, especially in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola and Senegal. He has recently led a project on structural transformations and employment outcomes in infrastructure construction and manufacturing sectors in Ethiopia and Angola, with a special focus on Chinese firms. 

PhD Supervision

Slots can be booked with Carlos Oya via the booking system.

Name Title
Weiwei Chen The Dynamics of Chinese Private OFDI in Ethiopia: A Comparison of Light Manufacturing Industry and Construction Materials Industry
Mr Jean-Baptiste Damestoy Governance capabilities, industrialisation and the state: the case of the cotton and textile sectors in Ethiopia
Sebastian Denner Belt and Road in Cambodia: Articulating Local Agency in BRI Development Projects
Ms Rama Salla Dieng
Mr Fernandes Wanda Capitalist Transformation in Transition: Exploring business political elite linkage in post-war Angola (working title)


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