I do research in development economics, natural resource economics, and political economics. My interests include how natural resources, foreign aid and ethnic diversity influence economic and human development as well as conflict, corruption and favoritism.
With my colleagues at the Bayelsa State Oil & Environmental Commission, I develop proposals for reforming the governance of the oil industry in the Niger Delta, with the goals of reversing environmental degradation and improving local livelihoods.
Some of my research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics; and covered by the BBC, the Economist, the Guardian, Le Monde, NZZ, and the Washington Post.
News: I received the International Geneva Award 2020 for my work on Chinese aid in Africa.