Franklin Amuakwa-Mensah doubles as a researcher and the research manager at the Environment for Development Initiative (EfD), University of Gothenburg. He is also a senior lecturer in economics at the Luleå University of Technology. He is an EIB-GDN (European Investment Bank-Global Development Network) fellow in Applied Development Finance and also a research fellow at UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti, within the Transfer Project. In the past, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the department of economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and a research assistant at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), the University of Ghana. He also taught economics courses at the department of economics at SLU and the University of Ghana. He holds a PhD degree in Economics from SLU, MPhil degree in Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Economics with Mathematics, all from the University of Ghana. Franklin’s primary research interest is in the areas of environmental and natural resource economics (i.e. energy, climate change, and natural resource (water, forestry, and mining)), development economics (i.e. migration, health, women empowerment, and welfare analysis), and agricultural and food economics (food demand analysis, food security, nutrition, and technology adoption). His secondary research interest focuses on the performance of banking institutions and impact evaluation. His research is empirical in nature with applied econometric methods and mathematical programming. Franklin has published his research works in a number of reputable journals. He has also supervised both undergraduate and graduate students. Franklin oversees the administration of the Sida bilateral capacity building program between the University of Rwanda-, Addis Ababa University- and the University of Gothenburg, at EfD. Franklin plays a similar role on the University of Rwanda-SLU Sida bilateral capacity building program where he is the co-PI for the subprogram entitled “Engendering Rural Transformation for Sustainable Development (ENTRUST)”.
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- Development economics
- Environmental and resource economics
- Agricultural and Food economics