Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration & Health Services Management at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, UK. Prior to joining the UGBS, he worked as Research Officer at the Accra-based Institute for Democratic Governance, and as post-doctoral Research Associate with the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) and the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID), both at the University of Manchester. He is the lead researcher for ESID’s comparative research on the politics of spatial inequality in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Abdulai holds a First Class Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana (Legon, Accra), an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester (UK). His work has been published by several top-ranked international journals, including African Affairs; Development Policy Review; Development; European Journal of Development Research; Democratization; and Labour, Capital and Society. He has provided consultancy services for a number of international development organizations, including UNICEF, DFID, The World Bank, Cities Alliance, and the Korean International Cooperation Agency. Presently, he is the coordinator of the UGBS Seminar, Working Papers and Policy Briefs Series.