PRISM Research Associates



Judith Fessehaie
Judith Fessehaie works as an industrial development expert for a regional integration programme based in Pretoria. She has done extensive research on commodity-based industrialisation strategies. She has been a lead consultant on a major multi-country research programme for UNECA focusing on industries upstream and downstream to a broad range of commodity sectors, including cocoa, coffee, agro-processing, leather, cotton, gold, and oil. She holds a PhD from the School of Economics at UCT. Her PhD thesis focused on services and manufacturing industries supplying Zambia's copper mining sector, investigating local upgrading dynamics and the distinctive impact of Chinese and Indian investment in local industrialisation processes. Before her PhD, she has worked as an ODI Fellow at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and has a trade policy expert at the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry in Zambia.

Robin Bloch
Robin Bloch, of the Centre for International Development and Training, University of Wolverhampton, UK is a contributor on the Making the Most of Commodities Project. Robin’s research seeks to understand the economic benefits and environmental impacts of industrial development in various urban (metropolitan, city and town) settings. He is concerned with the consequences of industry for public policy, and for urban and economic development planning.

Jurgen Brauer
Jurgen Brauer is Professor of Economics at Augusta State University’s James M. Hull College of Business. He has published extensively in the area of the economics of conflict and peace and on the arms trade and economic development. He has close links with South Africa including a previous visiting professorship at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Raphael Kaplinsky
Raphael Kaplinsky is Professor in the Department of Development Policy and Practice at the Open University in the UK. He has a long association with UCT and his current work focuses on the historical significance of the rise of the Asian economy (China and India in particular) and its impact on Africa, on the commodities sector and the terms of trade, and on innovation paths which provide the potential for pro-poor development strategies. He is a co-principal investigator on a number of PRISM projects.

Rhys Jenkins
Rhys Jenkins is Professor of Development Economics at the University of East Anglia. His research has been on the economic, social and environmental impacts of globalisation in Latin America, East Asia and South Africa. He has acted as a consultant for a number of international bodies including UNCTAD, UNIDO and UNRISD and for the Department of International Development.

Cornelia Staritz
Cornelia Staritz is Senior Researcher at the Austrian Research Foundation for International Development (ÖFSE). She holds Masters degrees in Economics and Commerce and a Doctorate in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and a Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York. Her research and work focuses on economic development, international trade, global value chains and production networks, private sector development, and commodity-based development. Prior to joining ÖFSE, Cornelia worked as a Junior Professional Officer at the International Trade Department of the World Bank in Washington D.C. and at the Institute for International Economics and Development of the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Masuma Farooki
Masuma Farooki is a Resources Policy Consultant at SNL Metals & Mining (UK). As a development economist her work focuses on the socio-economic impact of the mining industry, analyzing mineral and industrial policies in developing countries. Her work addresses policy gap analysis, strategic assessments for the development of economic linkages from the mining sector and strategies for mining investment promotion. She works with public and private sector clients, as well as international financial institutions. She has a PhD in Development Policy from the Open University (UK), an MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex (UK) and an MPhil in Economics from the GC University Lahore (Pakistan).

Alexander O'Riordan
Alexander O'Riordan is a development policy and strategy advisor. His focal areas are development finance and effectiveness, country strategies, national aid architectures, policy dialogue and political economy analysis. O'Riordan also has a strong background in private sector development, institution building and governance. He recently led an Open Society Foundation study on emerging donors and was the principal researcher on an EU funded study on joint programming and development effectiveness. O'Riordan has worked as an advisor to the Ministries of Finance in Kenya and in Ethiopia, the European Union and United Nations Development Programme. He has provided advisory and analytic services in South, East and North Africa, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, the Caucuses, the Pacific, South and South East Asia.