Dr Christian Darko

Dr Christian Darko

Department of Management
Lecturer in Applied Business and Labour Economics

Contact details

Department of Management
Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • PhD, University of Birmingham
  • MSc. Business Economics and Finance, University of Surrey
  • B.A. Economics, KNUST, Ghana


Christian joined the Birmingham Business School in 2017 as a lecturer in Applied Business and Labour Economics. Before joining Birmingham Business School, he worked as a teaching fellow in economics at King’s Business School, King’s College London. Christian received his PhD from the University of Birmingham and his MSc in Business Economics and Finance from the University of Surrey. His first degree in Economics is from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. 

His main research is on labour market outcomes and human capital development with focus on developing. Parts of his current research examines education, employment outcomes, and wellbeing among young people in developing countries.

Christian has extensive teaching experience at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Labour market policy and global enterprise (MSc)
  • Economics & Economic Policy for Business (Distance Learning)
  • International economy
  • Introduction to economics 


Christian’s research interests are mainly in labour economics and economics of education. His research is located around issues related to employment outcomes, educational mismatch, health and wellbeing in developing countries, and firm productivity. His research also looks at intergenerational transmission of inequality, gender and access to human capital development. 

Christian was recently awarded a grant by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust to conduct a labour market study on transition from school-to-work in Ghana (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/business/research/research-projects/transition-from-school-to-work.aspx). Christian is also working with colleagues in the Business School and the University of Oxford on a funded research project in Ghana that examines the impact of commuting on employment and wellbeing.

Other activities

Year Abroad Tutor  


  • Carmichael, F., Darko C.K., & Vasilakos N. (2019). “Health and wellbeing of young people in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam: Life course impacts.” Journal of Development Studies. (forthcoming).
  • Darko C.K., & Abrokwa, K. (2019). “Econometric analysis of educational mismatch and earnings using survey data from Ghana”, in Wheatley, D. (ed.). “Handbook of Research Methods on The Quality of Working Lives”. Edward Elgar Publishing (Forthcoming).
  • Ferran Vendrell-Herrero, Christian K. Darko, Pervez Ghauri, (2019). "Knowledge management competences, exporting and productivity: uncovering African paradoxes", Journal of Knowledge Management, https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-07-2018-0433 (Article in Press).
  • Darko C.K., Occhiali, G. & Vanino, E. (2018). “The Chinese are here: Firm level analysis of import competition and performance in Sub-Saharan Africa”, FEEM Working Paper No. 14.2018. https://ssrn.com/abstract=3180528

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