Francis Darko

Francis Darko


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    Francis Darko is a Lecturer in Economics. He joined Coventry University in August 2017 after obtaining his PhD in Economics from the University of Kent. He also has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees in Economics from the University of Cape Coast and University of Ghana, respectively. Prior to his employment at Coventry University, he worked as Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent and Subject Leader for University Foundation Programme in Economics at CATS College, UK. Francis’ main research interests are in the field of Development Economics and Applied Microeconomics. His current research deals, broadly with topics in microfinance and Poverty.

    Francis is the Course Director for Stage 2 Economics degree programmes.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

    Education/Academic qualification

    Economics, Doctorate, Empirical Analysis on Microfinance Institutions in Developing Countries, University of Kent

    Sept 2012Jan 2017

    Award Date: 10 Jan 2017

    Economics, MSc, University of Ghana

    Aug 2008Jul 2010

    Award Date: 31 Jul 2010

    Economics, Degree, University of Cape Coast

    Aug 2003May 2007

    Award Date: 25 May 2007

    Academic Practice in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

    Jan 2018Sept 2018

    External positions

    CU Moderator, Lazarski University

    Jan 2018 → …

    Associate Lecturer, University of Kent

    Sept 2015Jul 2017

    Subject Leader for University Foundation Programme in Economics, CATS College

    Jan 2014Jul 2017

    Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Kent

    Aug 2012Aug 2015

    Teaching Assistant, University of Ghana

    Aug 2010Jul 2011

    Teaching Assistant, University of Cape Coast

    Jul 2007Aug 2008


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