Oliver Morrissey is a Professor of Development Economics, in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham. Dr Morrissey maintains primary research interests in the economic effects of aid and in trade policy reform, especially in Africa . He joined Nottingham in 1989 and was promoted to his current position in 2004. He has published many articles in international journals, mostly on aid policy and effectiveness , trade policy reform , conditionality and adjustment, and supply response in agriculture.
The discovery of commercial quantities of oil and gas off the coast of Ghana in June 2008 has given rise to high expectations and optimism for improved prospects for rapid economic development and poverty reduction. However, there have been public concerns for the proper management of the increased foreign exchange inflows and the transparent use and fair distribution of the financial gains. There are also fears of a possible Dutch disease, which could reduce competitiveness in key export and import-competing sectors and adversely impact the livelihoods of major parts of the population.