SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Mr Fernandes Wanda

Licenciatura (U. Agostinho Neto, Angola), MSc (UP Madrid), MSc (London)
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Fernandes Wanda
Mr Fernandes Wanda
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Thesis title:
Capitalist Transformation in Transition: Exploring business political elite linkage in post-war Angola (working title)
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Fernandes is the 2016 Mo Ibrahim Foundation GDAI Research Scholar. He is an alumnus from the Chevening Scholarship (UK), the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (USA) and the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (South Africa). He is the author of the blog "Research Angola: Reflexões Sobre Políticas de Desenvolvimento" and writes a fortnight column “Milagre ou Miragem?” reflecting on the state development policies in Angola at the leading newspaper "Expansão".On the side Fernandes runs "Oportunidades para Jovens em Angola" a non-profit project which seeks to identify and share with young Angolans training, internship, scholarship and job offers that they would not otherwise learn about them.

PhD Research

My research project departs from the perspective of development as the creation of new productive capabilities. By looking at the construction sector, beverage sector and the telecommunication, this research will examine (1) the extent to which the ruling coalition in Angola is creating new productive capabilities, likely to foster economic development over time (2) how the post-war political settlement influenced the performance outcome of those emerging sectors. This research is expected to inform our understanding of the process of formation of ruling coalition in developing countries and their developmental implications with a focus on possible contradictions that may defy simplistic narratives.


  • Wanda, Fernandes (2017) “Understanding Post-War Foreign Direct Investment in Angola: South-South led or the West Still Rules?” Journal of Southern African Studies, 43 (5).


  • ‘When Supply Does not Create its Own Demand – The Case of Angola’ Guest speaker at the panel on ‘Education Policy to Promote Development and Social Inclusion’, Hubert H. Humphrey Program 40th Anniversary Conference, 14 - 16 Sept 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • ‘Contratação Pública: Motor ou Entrave a Substituição das Importações?’[Public Procurement: Engine or Barrier to Import Substitution?] Guest speaker, 1st Congress of National Production, 28 June 2018, Luanda, Angola
  • ‘Contribuições para uma Estratégia Sustentada de Substituição das Importações e Diversificação das Exportações’ [Contributions for a Sustainable Strategy of Import Substitution and Export Diversification]. Keynote speaker, Forum LIDE-ECONOMIA, 26 June 2018, Luanda, Angola
  • Discussant in the workshop ‘Political trends and economic change in Southern Africa since the 1990s’, Session #1 Political mobilisation on issues of poverty and inequality since the 1990s; Session # 3 A tendency towards populist authoritarianism? The Nordic Africa Institute, on 7th June 2018, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • ‘Imprevistos Acontecem: O Processo de (Re)Construção Pós-Guerra e as Dinâmicas no Subsector da Indústria de Materiais de Construção em Angola’ [Unforeseen Results: The Post-War Reconstruction and Dynamics in the Sub-Sector of the Construction Materials Industry in Angola], 18 panel – Reconstruction and Development in Angola post -2002: From a Political Economy Perspective. Iberian Congress of African Studies (CEA-10), 25 - 27 Jan. 2018, Granada, Spain.
  • Business and the State: A Verdade por Detrás da Industrialização de Angola no Período Colonial e Lições para o Presente’[Business and the State: The Truth Behind the Colonial Industrialisation in Angola and Lessons for the Present], Jornadas Científica 2017, 30 - 31 Oct. 2017, Faculty of Economics, Agostinho Neto University, Luanda, Angola.
  • ‘Imprevistos Acontecem: O Ressurgimento da Indústria de Materiais de Construção em Angola’ [Unforeseen Results: The Emergence of the Construction Materials Industry in Angola], Conferência Científica da Universidade Agostinho Neto, 27 - 29 Sept. 2017, Luanda, Angola.


  • Centre of African Studies, Un. of London
  • Centro de Investigação Social e Económica, FEC-U.A.N. (Fieldwork), Angola
  • Mo Ibrahim Foundation Alumni Network
  • Chevening Alumni Network
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Network
  • Royal African Society (ASAUK)
  • Development Studies Association
  • SOAS Research Students' Association


  • Economic transformation in transition
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Political Economy of Institutions
  • State intervention in developing countries


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