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Dr Kevin Deane

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Professional biography

I joined the OU Economics Discipline as a Senior Lecturer in January 2021. Prior to this, I was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Global Public Health at Queen Mary University of London, and a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in International Development at the University of Northampton. I have a PhD in Economics from SOAS, University of London, a MSc in Development Economics, and a BA in Economics and International Development (also SOAS). I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Research interests

I am an interdisciplinary specialist in Economics, Political Economy and International Development. My research interests focus on the political economy of health with an application to the HIV epidemic in Eastern and Southern Africa. I have worked on a range of topics related to HIV including gender, migration, workplace programmes, HIV testing and the relationship between socio-economic status and HIV. I am also interested in the political and social determinants of malaria. I am primarily a qualitative researcher with experience of conducting fieldwork in East Africa.

Current research activities as of January 2021 include working on a new UKRI-funded multi-country study titled ‘Maximising benefit and minimising the harm of COVID-19 control measures on child and women’s health in four Sub-Saharan African countries’ (PI- Professor Dave McCoy, Queen Mary,University of London).

I am also working on a BHIVA-funded study exploring the acceptability of offering rapid antiretroviral therapy to people living with HIV in East London (PI Rageshri Dhairyawan, Barts Health NHS Trust), and a project (with David Musoke and Sarah Nalinya, Makerere University, Uganda) exploring alternative interventions for Malaria control.

Teaching interests

I have extensive experience of teaching face-to-face and online. I have previously taught a wide range of Development Economics and International Development modules, and I also have expertise in teaching the History of Economic Thought.

I have edited (with Elisa van Waeyenberge, SOAS) a new textbook published in April 2020 titled ‘Recharting the History of Economic Thought’. This textbook takes and innovate, thematic approach to the subject with the aim of promoting pluralist economics education.

At the OU, I am the PhD convenor for the Economics Discipline.

PhD Supervision

I am open to supervising PhD students on the following topics:

  • Any aspect of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in East and Southern Africa that takes a social science/political economy perspective. For example:
    • The role of Poverty/Wealth in the epidemic
    • Gender and Women’s Economic Empowerment
    • Inequalities in access to treatment
    • Living and Working with HIV
    • The Economic and Social impact of the epidemic
    • Migration
  • Critical perspectives on:
    • Cash Transfers and Health
    • Microfinance and Health
  • Political economy approaches to understanding health issues in sub-Saharan Africa

I currently have two PhD students:

Cresencia Uleme (University of Northampton), “Slum Upgrading and the Rental Housing Sector: A study of landlord-tenant relationships in a Lagos (Nigeria) slum”, submitted January 2020

Daniel Nyato (Queen Mary, University of London), working title “Understanding the influence of increasing persecution and hostility on delivery of and access to HIV services among men who have sex with men in Tanzania”, commenced October 2019, 

External collaborations

Professional Associations

I am the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE)

Teaching Political Economy Working Group co-coordinator (with Elisa Van Waeyenberge and Lorena Lombardozzi), and a member of Reteaching Economics.


Journal Articles

Deane, K, J.Wamoyi, S. Mgunga and J. Changalucha (2021), HIV testing attitudes and practices amongst 'wealthy men': qualitative evidence from Tanzania, Culture Health and Sexuality, published online July 13th 2021,

Deane, K, J.Wamoyi, S. Mgunga and J. Changalucha (2019), Why me? Challenges associated with recruiting participants for a study focusing on wealthy men in a sub-Saharan African context: reflections from fieldwork conducted in Tanzania, International Journal of Qualitative Research Methods, Vol 18, 1-9

Deane, K, S. Stevano and D. Johnston (2019), Employers’ responses to the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa: revisiting the evidence, Development Policy Review, Vol.37, No.2, pp. 245-259

Deane, K, E. Van Waeyneberge and R. Maxwell (2019), Recharting the History of Economic Thought: Approaches to and student experiences of the introduction of pluralist teaching in an undergraduate economics curriculum, International Journal for Pluralism in Economics Education, Vol.10. No.2, pp137-154

Deane, K, P.S Ngalya, L. Boniface, G. Bulugu and M. Urassa (2018), Exploring the relationship between population mobility and HIV risk: Evidence from Tanzania, Global Public Health, Vol.13, No.2, pp173-188

Deane, K and S. Stevano (2016), Towards a Political Economy of Research Assistants: Reflections from fieldwork in Tanzania and Mozambique, Qualitative Research, Vol. 16, No.2, pp. 213-228

Deane, K and J. Wamoyi (2015), Revisiting the Economics of Transactional Sex: Evidence from Tanzania, Review of African Political Economy, Special Issue on the Political Economy of HIV, Vol. 42, No.145, pp437-454

Long, D and K. Deane (2015), Wealthy and Healthy? New evidence on the relationship between wealth and HIV vulnerability in Tanzania, Review of African Political Economy, Special Issue on the Political Economy of HIV, Vol. 42, No.145, pp376-393

Johnston, D K. Deane and M. Rizzo (2015), Editorial: The political economy of HIV, Review of African Political Economy, Special Issue on the Political Economy of HIV, Vol. 42, No. 145, pp335-341

Deane, K.D, D. Johnston and J. Parkhurst (2013) , “Migration as a tool in Development Policy: Caution ahead?”, Journal of Development Studies, Vol.49, No.6, pp759-771

Deane, K.D, J.O Parkhurst and D. Johnston (2010), "Linking migration, mobility and HIV", Tropical Medicine and International Health, Vol.15, No.2, pp1458-1463


Deane, K and E. Van Waeyneberge (eds) (2020), Recharting the History of Economic Thought, Red Globe Press: London

Book Chapters

Deane, K (2020), “Can Economics Solve all our Problems and Explain Everything?”, in Deane, K and E. Van Waeyneberge (eds), Recharting the History of Economic Thought, Palgrave: London

Stevano, S and K. Deane (2019), “The role of research assistants in qualitative social sciences research: practical, conceptual and ethical considerations”, in Doing Cross-Cultural Research in Health Social Sciences, Springer, series editor P. Liamputting, Research Methods in Social Sciences, Springer Major Reference Works