Aid, latent assets and WEIRD societies: reasons to be optimistic about African development

African History through the Lens of Economics: An introduction to African development and history The Wheeler Institute’s open access online course, African History through the Lens of Economics, concluded with three plenary lectures covering the impact of foreign aid, the reasons why Africa can be optimistic about the future, and the importance of judging Africa…

The importance of education for economic development

African History through the Lens of Economics: An introduction to African development and history The penultimate lecture in the Wheeler Institute’s open access online course, African History through the Lens of Economics, considered the impact of education on social mobility in Africa. David Laitin, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, Leonard Wantchekon, Professor of…

Professional Opportunity | Pre-Doctoral Research Assistant programme

Applications are now closed. What is the Wheeler Institute Research Assistant programme? Our Pre-Doctoral Research Assistant programme offers a unique opportunity for recent or imminent postgraduates to pursue their career in a top business school PhD programme. Successful candidates will be responsible for assisting faculty in a number of tasks, depending on the type of…

“It’s the best way to gain real-world insights” | Pre-Doctoral Research Assistants at the Wheeler Institute

Two Pre-Doctoral Researchers at the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development reveal how the experience has profoundly shaped their academic ambitions – and yielded some surprising insights along the way Whatever preconceptions Pre-Doctoral students have before they join the Wheeler Institute, they are always surprised to find that the experience is much broader than they…

African Colonisation: Unpacking a Complex Phenomenon

African History through the Lens of Economics: An introduction to African development and history The Wheeler Institute’s open access online course, African History through the Lens of Economics, recently covered colonisation in three lectures with Elias Papaioannou, Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development, and Leonard Wantchekon, Professor of Politics and International…

How should we measure African development?

African History through the Lens of Economics: An introduction to African development and history In the second special lecture of the Wheeler Institute’s open access online course, African History through the Lens of Economics, Elias Papaioannou, Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development, and Tanner Regan, Research Fellow in Economics at London…

A career inspired by a journey from Cape Town to Cairo with Till Trojer

“Anthropology forces you to reset and rewire your own thinking process. You have to train yourself to be open to the world around” An anthropologist and filmmaker, Dr Till Trojer recently joined the Wheeler Institute as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow.  We touched on his ambition for his research at the Wheeler Institute, and discussed his…

Resisting the stereotypes of an undeveloped, unchanging continent

African History through the Lens of Economics: An introduction to African development and history In the first session of the Wheeler Institute’s new ten-part open access online course, African History through the Lens of Economics, Christopher Ehret, Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA and author of a classic treatise on The Civilizations of Africa, gave a…