Dr David Potts

PositionHead of Bradford Centre for International Development (BCID)
LocationP1.25, Pemberton
Department or DivisionBradford Centre for International Development (BCID)
Feedback HoursOpen door policy, with hours available varying, but available most weekdays
Telephone+44 (0)1274 23 3974

Research Interests (key words only)

Research interests in project planning and analysis; shadow pricing methodology and estimation; agricultural and agro-industrial planning; long term economic development of Tanzania; economic analysis of regeneration

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Dr Potts main area of teaching in BCID is Project Appraisal and Economic Analysis (PAEA) both in Bradford and its equivalent for the African Development Bank programme (Economic Analysis and Risk Assessment).  He also teaches Development Economics at undergraduate level with the Economics Division.  He occasionally contributes to the UG International Trade course and has taught Project Planning, Design and Appraisal (PPDA, or its equivalent) on overseas programmes like the Caribbean Development Bank programme.

Students Supervised:

Woo Yong Chung (2004) - Assessment of Aid Quality in a Multi-Criteria Analysis Framework 

David Kihangire (2004) - The Impact of Exchange Rate Variability on Uganda’s Exports1988-2001

Jim Serenis (2006) - The Impact of Exchange Rate Volatility on Exports : a Cross Country Analysis 1973-2004

Fred Rwechungura (2011 with Mzumbe University) - Assessing the Potential of Rural Out-Migration as a Livelihood Diversification Strategy for Rural People: The Case of Iringa, Tanzania 

John Ruzibuka - ongoing research on fiscal policy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Dates 2011- : Co-ordinator Mzumbe University (Tanzania) collaborative programme
  • 2009 - 2010: Director Postgraduate Programme
  • 2007- : Chair, Annual Monitoring Team for Collaborative Provision (UG) and member of Learning and Teaching Committee
  • 2006-9: Co-ordinator Caribbean Development Bank training programme
  • 2003 – 2010: Key Contact, Economics Network of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2002 - 2007: Director Undergraduate Programme
  • 1999 - 2007: Departmental Representative, SSIS Academic Committee
  • 1998 - 2002: Director Postgraduate Programme

Study History

  • 1974 BA Economics, Cambridge University
  • 1977 MA Development Economics, University of East Anglia
  • 2006 PhD Project Appraisal University of Bradford

Professional History

  • 1988 - 1999 Lecturer, University of Bradford
  • 1982 - 1987 Planning Economist, Food and Agriculture Organisation of UN
  • 1981 - 1982 Consultant Economist, Food and Agriculture Organisation of UN
  • 1978 - 1981 Research Fellow, University of Bradford
  • 1975 - 1978 Research Assistant, University of Bradford

Professional Activities

Membership of professional organisations:

1975-81, 1988- : Association of University Teachers/University and College Union

1988- : Development Studies Association

Consultancy and advisory assignments:

  • 2011 Invited expert for Cost Benefit Analysis workshop, IFAD, Rome
  • 2010 and 2012 Training in cost benefit analysis for African Development Bank, Tunisia 
  • 2009 Keynote address to and facilitation of workshop on promotion of non-traditional exports, Board of External Trade, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • 2008-11 Workshops on Cost Benefit Analysis for European Academy of Taxes, Economy and Law, Berlin
  • 2008 Economic analysis for evaluation of Health in Mind Programme in collaboration with School of Health
  • 2007 Training course on Project Planning and Appraisal for senior staff of the China Development Bank, Beijing
  • 2006-9 Development of training materials, co-ordination and conduct of accredited courses for Caribbean Development Bank in project planning and appraisal
  • 2005 Training course in Cost Benefit Analysis for Ministry of Finance, Abuja, Nigeria
  • 2004 Training course for DFID staff in Cost Benefit Analysis and Policy Options
  • 2003 Consultancy to prepare project proposal on an Institute for Cultural Exchange for a local NGO (Action for Black Community Development)
  • 2003 Training for European Center for Peace and Development Specialist Course on Project Preparation, Planning, Appraisal and Management, Novi Pazar and Belgrade, Serbia
  • 2002-3 Training in Project Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation for Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ethiopia, including preparation of training manual and editing of appraisal guidelines for public sector projects
  • 2001-2 Training in Project Appraisal and Financial Management for the London Development Agency
  • 2001 Training in small scale project analysis for College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka Tanzania


Recent publications:

  • Potts, D., Project Planning and Analysis for Development, Lynne Rienner 2002
  • Potts, D., Ryan, P. and Toner A. eds., Development Planning and Poverty Reduction, Palgrave 2003
  • Potts, D. 'Policy Reform and the Economic Development of Tanzania' BCID Research Paper, No. 14, 2005 (updated 2008)
  • Potts, D., 'Tanzania, Development and Liberalization' in Carling, A. (ed.), Globalization and Identity Tauris 2006
  • Potts, D. and Woo Yong Chung, 'How Concessional is Aid Lending?' Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 44 No. 7 2008
  • Potts, D., 'Assessing the Impact of Regeneration Spending: Lessons from the United Kingdom and the Wider World' Education, Knowledge and Economy, Vol. 2 No. 3 2008
  • Weiss, J. and Potts, D. eds., Current Issues in Project Analysis for Development, Edward Elgar 2012

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Conference Presentations (selected):

  • 'Policy Reform and the Economic Development of Tanzania – Has Liberalisation Worked?'  (Development Studies Association Conference, Glasgow 2003)
  • 'How Can We Assess the Economic Impact of Regeneration Spending?' (Conference on Regeneration and Wellbeing, Bradford 2008)
  • 'Patterns of Trade Development in Tanzania since Independence' (Board of External Trade, Dar es Salaam 2009)

In the News/Media

Book review in African Affairs  (114 (455): pp.315-316)