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Kofi Gunu

Mr Kofi Gunu

Research topic:
Monetising Dependency: The Impact of Extraversion on IMF Participation in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2000-2019
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Comparative Politics and Government  International organisations Political economy and international political economy 

Academic Profile

I am a DPhil candidate in International Relations at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. My research focuses on African elites’ “extraversion strategies”: instrumental uses of foreign relations of seeming dependence for domestic political and personal gain. Specifically, I look at how governments’ perception of the vulnerability or otherwise of their extraversion portfolios influences the decision to participate in IMF programmes. I develop my arguments with a focus on the first two decades of the 21st century, “the age of choice” in which African governments had the widest access to alternative sources of financing, such as China and the international capital markets.

I previously served in the Office of the Vice President of Ghana as a National Service Fellow and on the Asia Technical Committee at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. Prior to working within the Government of Ghana, I interned with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and with a U.S. senator in Washington D.C. I have also worked with Africa Foresight Group, an Accra-based consulting firm. I hold an M.A. in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing, where I was a Schwarzman Scholar, and a B.A. in Political Science from Augustana University. Before embarking on the DPhil, I completed the MPhil in International Relations at The Queen's College, University of Oxford, with distinction.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Tutoring Experience (undergraduate):

  • The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa at Lady Margaret Hall (2021)


Nuffield Studentship (2021)

Kathryn Davis Fellow (2021) - Middlebury Language Schools

SAIS-CARI Fellow (2020) - Johns Hopkins University

Rhodes Scholarship (2019) - University of Oxford

Schwarzman Scholarship (2017) - Tsinghua University


Review of China goes Green: coercive environmentalism for a troubled planet by Yifei Li and Judith Shapiro, Journal of Political Ecology 27 (December 2020),   https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/JPE/article/view/23862.