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Jamelia Harris


Visiting Research Fellow

I am a Visiting Research Fellow at PAIS. Before this, I was a Teaching Fellow in Social Science Research Methods at PAIS and member of the Q-Step Centre (2019-2021). Before joining PAIS, I gained teaching experience at the University of Oxford, University College London (UCL), ISM University in Lithuania, and Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone. I also worked as a researcher at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus. I have policy experience in international development having worked as an economist on various projects with organisations such as the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NGRI), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Fiscus Ltd.

I hold a DPhil in International Development from the University of Oxford. My research focuses on labour markets and employment in developing countries; with emphasis on how perceptions shape behaviour among jobseekers, and the economic effects of donor institutions on the labour market of recipient countries. I also graduated with an MSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BSc. in Economics and Actuarial Science from the University of Southampton.

Journal Articles

Harris, J. (2022). Exploring the desire to be an entrepreneur among university-educated youths: Lessons from Sierra Leone. Development in Practice. 

Harris, J. (2021). Using specific purpose grants to achieve developmental goals: Some practical considerations. Development in Practice.

Harris, J. (2021). Mixed Methods Research in Developing Country Contexts: Lessons From Field Research in Six Countries Across Africa and the Caribbean. Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

Harris, J. (2021). Foreign aid, human capital accumulation and the potential implications for growth. Rev Int Organ 16, 549–579. 

Harris, J. (2020). If you can’t do teach: Exploring short-termism in the teaching profession. International Journal of Educational Research, 99, 101519. 

Working Papers

Harris, J. (2019). Occupational choice of skilled workers in the presence of a large development sector: Evidence from Sierra Leone.Link opens in a new window WIDER Working Paper 2019/101. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER.

Harris, J. (2018). Preferences of Possibilities? Understanding the labour supply decision in a LIC contextLink opens in a new window. IGC Working Paper F-39408-SLE-1.


PFM Reform Through PDIA: What Works and When it Works. IMF PFM Blog. January 2022 (with Andrew Lawson)

Using specific purpose grants to achieve development goals.Think Development Blog. Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development. January 2022

What can we learn from the market for skilled workers in Sierra LeoneIGC Blogs. June 2019.