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Dr Karla Prime

Assistant Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Karla Prime is a Senior Lecturer of Economics at Newcastle Business School.  She is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Business with Economics and BSc (Hons) Economics.  She has previously been Programme Leader of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Foundation Year Programme. 

Karla’s research projects explore the links between international business and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  Her current projects investigate the links between the motives and incentives for foreign direct investment and trade and host nation institutional frameworks, with a focus on the cognitive, normative, and regulative dimensions of institutions. Karla’s research projects examine how local institutional dimensions impact conditions for doing business and economic growth. 

Karla is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Academy of International Business and the Regional Studies Association.  
Karla currently leads on the undergraduate core module Accounting, Finance and Economics in a Global Business Environment, and the postgraduate International Economics module.  She will also be leading the new World Economy module for second year BSc (Hons) Economics students, from academic year 2023. 

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Beyond contact-tracing: The public value of eHealth application in a pandemic, Gerli, P., Arakpogun, E., Elsahn, Z., Olan, F., Prime, K. 1 Jul 2021, In: Government Information Quarterly
  • FDI in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Role of Cognitive and Normative Institutions, Prime, K., Wanjiru, R. 16 Apr 2021, International Business: Mega Trends and the need of rethinking current terminologies, Academy of International Business
  • Africa’s Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic: Let’s Talk about It!, Arakpogun, E., Elsahn, Z., Prime, K., Gerli, P., Olan, F. 1 Jul 2020
  • Digital contact-tracing and pandemics: Institutional and technological preparedness in Africa, Arakpogun, E., Elsahn, Z., Prime, K., Gerli, P., Olan, F. 1 Dec 2020, In: World Development
  • Digital Contact-Tracing in a Pandemic… We Need One with a Blended Approach, Arakpogun, E., Elsahn, Z., Prime, K., Gerli, P., Olan, F. 30 Jun 2020
  • Freehand drawing activities in the classroom: opportunities and challenges., Gadelshina, G., Spoors, D., Prime, K. 2020
  • Institutional Capacity, Trade and Investment in African Economies, Wanjiru, R., Prime, K. Dec 2019, The Handbook of Global Trade Policy, Wiley
  • Institutions, economic growth and international competitiveness: a regional study, Wanjiru, R., Prime, K. 27 Feb 2018, Contemporary Issues in International Business, Palgrave Macmillan
  • What can be learned from China’s success?, Ross, J., Zheng, J., Prime, K. 18 Jan 2016, In: Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies

  • Economics PhD October 31 2019
  • Business andManagement Studies MBA July 31 2014
  • Law BPTC May 30 2001
  • Law LLB (Hons) July 31 1999
  • Fellow, Advance HE UK FHEA


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