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Dr Roseline Wanjiru

Associate Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Roseline Wanjiru is Associate Professor of International Business and Economic Development at Newcastle Business School, and Director for Student Engagement and Satisfaction in the Faculty of Business and Law.


Roseline's work explores the interconnections between international business and economic performance, with a focus on trade and investment, institutions, employment and innovation outcomes. Previous research projects have investigated foreign direct investment, the economic geography of firms, employment and work, learning and knowledge transfer, investment promotion and trade incentives. She is an expert advisor on export and trade promotion initiatives to governments and business organisations.


In 2018, Roseline Wanjiru was appointed by the UK Secretary of State to serve as an expert member of the Export Guarantee Advisory Council (EGAC). This Council advises the Minister for Trade and investment on the operations and policies of UK Export Finance (UKEF), the official export credit agency for the United Kingdom. This Council monitors UKEF's adherence to its business principles, including environmental, social and human rights impacts. The Council does not advise on the decisions to support individual export transactions and projects, but carries out reviews following UKEF support.

Roseline is a Fellow of the Institute for Trade and Innovation (Offenburg), the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the Academy of International Business and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Roseline has previously worked at the University of Leeds, University of Huddersfield and outside the UK in universities and international development organisations. She teaches and supervises projects in Economics, International Business and Innovation at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels.

Roseline Wanjiru

Campus Address

Room 238
City Campus East 1
Northumbria University


  • Geography PhD February 01 2009
  • Fellow Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG)
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Fellow, Institute for Trade and Innovation - IFTI Offenburg .
  • Member Regional Studies Association (RSA)
  • Member Academy of International Business

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Evolving willingness and ability interfaces, Grant, D., Jha, P., Wanjiru, R., Bhalla, A. Sep 2020, In: International Journal of Innovation Studies
  • Supporting sustainable, equitable growth in sub-Saharan Africa: a conceptual model for enabling social enterprise governance., Pattinson, S., Wanjiru, R. 10 Feb 2020, Research Handbook on Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • Emerging Market MNEs and Innovation Strategies in the African Telecommunications Value Chain, Wanjiru, R., Guerrero, M., Omoju, J., Whalley, J. Jun 2019, International Business in an unsettling political and economic environment. AIB Annual Meeting 2019
  • Institutional Capacity, Trade and Investment in African Economies, Wanjiru, R., Prime, K. Dec 2019, The Handbook of Global Trade Policy, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Critical perspectives on international business in Africa: An overview and proposed new research agenda, Nyuur, R., Wanjiru, R., Amankwah-Amoah, J., Ifere, S. 8 May 2018, In: Critical Perspectives on International Business
  • Institutions, economic growth and international competitiveness: a regional study, Wanjiru, R., Prime, K. 27 Feb 2018, Contemporary Issues in International Business, Palgrave
  • International Business Research Challenges in Africa, Ado, A., Wanjiru, R. 8 May 2018, In: Critical Perspectives on International Business
  • Africa’s information revolution; technical regimes and production networks in South Africa and Tanzania, Wanjiru, R. 3 Oct 2017, In: Progress in Development Studies
  • Comparing institutional determinants of economic growth in developing regions, Prime, K., Wanjiru, R. Jun 2017, Great Regional Awakening: New Directions
  • Impediments to the implementation of universal service funds in Africa – A cross-country comparative analysis, Arakpogun, O., Wanjiru, R., Whalley, J. Aug 2017, In: Telecommunications Policy

PGR Supervision

  • Joshua Omoju Start: 01/10/2016
  • Malgorzata Slusarczyk Start: 06/04/2020
  • Markus Loebke Start: 01/10/2017
  • Moses Dang An Investigation into the policies and initiatives for Work-Life Balance within selected Construction companies in Nigeria Start: 01/02/2016
  • Sarah Maddison Start: 01/03/2016


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