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Ricardo Soares de Oliveira to lead new project on African and Asian financial centres

Prof Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Manika & Harjeev Kandhari Fellow and Tutor in Politics at St Peter's, is set to lead a new research project that aims to fill a gap in the global scholarly understanding of financial linkages between Africa and various Asian international financial centres.

Due to run until mid-2023, and based within the Oxford Martin Programme on African Governance, the project will explore the reasons for the increased engagement between African states and international financial centres in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong, a subject that has so far remained understudied, despite signs of these centres’ growing significance to Africa’s external financial relations. 

The project will also assess the potential domestic impact of these links on African growth and development. At time of significant regulatory reformism in African financial sectors, it could also inform African efforts to build back better in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof Soares de Oliveira is a leading specialist on African politics, and has conducted extensive fieldwork with a focus on the international political economy of African states, especially in regard to the extractive industries, the financial sector, conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, and African-Asian relations. 

He is the author of Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War (2015) and Oil and Politics in the Gulf of Guinea (2007) and co-editor of China Returns to Africa (2008) and The New Protectorates: International Tutelage and the Making of Liberal States (2011). He is currently writing a book titled Africa and the Offshore World.

More information on the project, which will be led by Prof Soares de Oliveira in collaboration with Prof Stefan Dercon and Nicolas Lippolis, can be found on the website of the Oxford Martin School.

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