Prof. John Struthers

Professor John Struthers is an experienced academic and respected economist with over 40 years working in a variety of universities in the UK and in Africa. He has lectured in Nigeria (University of Ilorin) and Sierra Leone (University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College).

He has carried out research on Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia, and has extensive publications in a range of economics journals, principally in the field of development economics, especially on commodities such as coffee and cocoa, and more recently on entrepreneurship in Africa.

He is a current member of the Westminster Africa Business Group in London.

In 2015 he was appointed Honorary Consul for Ethiopia in Scotland.

In 2018 he was appointed Chancellor of Mount Kenya University.

In academia, he was appointed as a Personal Professor at UWS (then the University of Paisley) in 1996.

He has been Dean of a Faculty of Business at UWS, Head of Department of Economics and Enterprise, and founding Head of the UWS’ Graduate School. In November 2015 he helped to establish CAREED at UWS and is the Centre’s current director. CAREED is a unique research Centre which specializes in a range of key economic issues across the continent of Africa with a strong focus on: commodities and trade, logistics and global value chains, entrepreneurship, and governance. Around 12 faculty members are also members of CAREED, and many come from a range of African countries. The Centre also a large number of PhD students who either come from an African country or are researching an African enterprise/economic development topic.

Professor Struthers’ publications have appeared in the following journals: Development and Change; Journal of Energy and Development; Journal of Economic Studies; Journal of International Development; Oxford Development Studies, Journal of Developing Areas, Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, among others.

His recent research has been funded by the British Academy.

Since 2013-14 he has been a regular presenter at UNCTAD conferences, especially on Commodities.

In August 2018 he published a new co-edited book (with Dr Adebisi Adewole) entitled: “Logistics and Global Value Chains in Africa: the Impact on Trade and Development” published by Palgrave/Macmillan in London.

He has supervised 20 PhD students to completion, and he has been external examiner for more than 30 Doctorates at a number of UK universities.

He was (until 2016) a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Glasgow within the Adam Smith Business School.

In 1993 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London (FRSA) and in 2007 a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA, UK).

“Today, we are here primarily to discuss Integrate Africa, to bring down the tariff and non-tariff barriers that have marginalized and impoverished so many economies and prevented us from capitalizing on our physical and human capital resource base” – Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

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