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Dr David John Potts

PositionSenior Lecturer
LocationP1.25, Pemberton
DepartmentPeace Studies and International Development
Feedback HoursMonday 16.00 to 17.00 and Tuesday 14.00 to 15.00
Telephone+44 (0)1274 23 3974

Research Interests (key words only)

Project appraisal; Economic development of Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Tanzania and Ethiopia, Agricultural development

PhD Supervision

  • John Ruzibuka: The Impact of Fiscal Deficits on Economic Growth in Developing Countries: Empirical Evidence and Policy implications
  • Essa Bah: What are the Challenges to Intra-ECOWAS Trade Flows- the Question of Weak Regional Trade Institutions?
  • Nicodemus Eatlawe: The Role of NGOs in Civil Society: Exploring the Dynamics of NGO Governance in Tanzania
  • Rita Kusi-Mensah: A Gendered Analysis of Formal Vocational Education, Skills Development and Self-Employment in Accra, Ghana
  • William Suarez II-Gomez: The Effects of the US Cabotage Act on Puerto Rico’s Agribusiness Supply Chain
  • Boakye Boampong: The Impact of Risk Management on Project Success: A Case Study of the Land Administration Project, Ghana
  • Mabebe Ntumva: The potential of local governance in farmer pastoralist conflicts management. A case of Kilosa District, Tanzania

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Project appraisal and economic analysis
  • International economics

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head Bradford Centre for International Development (2015-16)
  • Postgraduate research co-ordinator (International Development) (RKT working group)

Study History

  • BA Economics Cambridge University
  • MA Development Economics University of East Anglia
  • Phd (Project Appraisal) University of Bradford

Professional History

  • 1975-78 Research Assistant University of Bradford
  • 1978-81 Research Fellow University of Bradford
  • 1981-82 Consultant Economist FAO (Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture)
  • 1982-87 Project Economist FAO (Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture)
  • 1988-99 Lecturer University of Bradford

Professional Activities

  • External Examining: University of Westminster 2008-13, Oxford Brookes University 2011, University of Birmingham (1999-2001), University of Manchester (1994)
  • Associate (Regional Co-ordinator), Economics Network of the Higher Education Academy (2008-11)
  • External reviewer for Bank of Uganda Staff Papers Journal (2007)
  • Referee/book reviewer for Project Appraisal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, Journal of International Development, Journal of Development Studies, Fiscal Studies, World Development, Development Policy Review, Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

Research Areas

Project appraisal; Economic development of Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Tanzania and Ethiopia; Agricultural development

Current Projects

Currently working on edited book: Tanzanian Development in an African Perspective

Research Collaborations

Supervisor CSC post doctoral fellowship 2012 (Dr Rohitha Rosairo - Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka) 


Member Development Studies Association

Member Britain Tanzania Society


  • Wondemu, K. and Potts, D. ‘The Impact of the Real Exchange Rate Changes on Export Performance in Tanzania and Ethiopia’ African Development Bank Working Paper Series No. 241 2016
  • Rosairo, H. and Potts, D. (2016) ‘A Study of the Entrepreneurial Attitudes of Upcountry Vegetable Farmers in Sri Lanka’ Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies Vol.  6 No. 1
  • Weiss, J. and Potts (eds) Current Issues in Project Analysis for Development, Edward Elgar 2012
  • 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
  • Potts, D. and Woo Yong Chung, ‘How Concessional is Aid Lending?’ Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 44 No. 7 2008

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Public lecture on "Should We Give Aid" University of Bradford April 2015

In the News/Media

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

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