Emerson Abraham Jackson BSc, MSc, PGCE

Emerson Abraham Jackson

Department of African Studies and Anthropology
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

PhD title: Assessment of Sustainable Livelihood Dynamics in Goderich [Sierra Leone]
Supervisor: Dr Reginald Cline-Cole
PhD African Studies [Sustainable Development]


  • BSc (Hon) Econs – Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone
  • MSc (Research Methods in the Social Science) - London South Bank University
  • PGCE (Further and Higher Education) - University of Sussex                    
  • Certificate in Applied Theology - University of Birmingham
  • PhD Candidate – Sustainable Livelihood Research (Expected completion date: 2021) - University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

In addition to the above qualifications, I have also gained various specialist certification training in the following areas:

  • Model-Based Monetary Policy Analysis and Forecasting (MPAFx) – IMF Institute
  • Econometrics – Panel Data Approach [West African Monetary Agency]
  • Financial Development and Financial Inclusion [IMF Institute]
  • Introduction to Financial Stability Function [Bank of England / DFID sponsorship]
  • Model building and Inflation Forecasting [Bank of England / DFID sponsorship]
  • Macro-econometric Forecasting [IMF Institute]
  • Financial Market Analysis [IMF Institute]
  • Debt Sustainability Analysis [MF Institute]
  • Macroeconomic Diagnostics [IMF Institute]
  • DSGE modelling for African Economies [AfDB Institute]
  • Financial Programming and Policies [IMF Institute]
  • Forests and Livelihoods in Developing Countries [Edex, University of British Columbia].


My doctoral research topic, ‘Researching Livelihoods in Goderich Village, Sierra Leone’, is aimed at modelling historiological trends in livelihood dynamics and diversification. Goderich, a sub-urban rural community in the Western Area of Freetown has a long history as an important fishing centre, which attracted specialist fisherfolk, transporters and traders from elsewhere in the country and beyond for decades. In addition to fishing, communities in Goderich have diversified their livelihood activities, more so as a result of recent population mobility and exposure to wide-range of livelihood assets [Financial, Physical, Natural, Human and Social Capital]. The expansion and need for diversified range of livelihoods have also given rise to a range of associated risks, such as the unsustainable use of the natural environment, for example ‘sand-mining, stone-quarrying, deforestation and many more’. Equally, lesson learned from COVID-19 pandemic is also explored as a way of understanding people’s approaches on livelihood planning during time of unforeseen stresses / vulnerability.

Data collection process for the study incorporate primary triangulation approach, otherwise referred to as mixed methods; the first of this is a baseline survey (questionnaires) distributed to residents, section town-heads and focus group participants within the different locations comprising Goderich. The second, incorporating mixture of interviews and participant observation processes, is a follow-up of the baseline survey to explore vulnerabilities, trends and shocks throughout participants’’ time in Goderich. It is hoped that the outcome will contribute meaningfully towards knowledge exploration on access to core SLF assets in creating opportunities for diversified means of (sustained) livelihoods for residents in Goderich, while also addressing ways of mitigating long-term risks to the environment in general.

Other activities

  • On-going research in Sustainable Livelihood Diversification: This is an area of particular interest to my doctoral research and it is geared towards assessing livelihood diversification of residents in the Goderich surrounding. In addition, I have also taken keen interest in addressing sustainable development discourses through engagement in the UN Encyclopedia SDG book project (see relevant section on book chapters); in this, I have addressed topical areas like “Collective bargaining, Informal employment, Nurturing Career Development, Importance of the Public Service in achieving the SDGs, Market failure, Import Substitution Industrialization, Revisit of Globalization amid COVID-19, Economics of Innovation and technological transformation, Critical discourse on the Sustainable Livelihood Framework and many more”.
  • On-going development of "Structural Macroeconomic Models (namely Forecasting and Policy Analysis Systems [FPAS]): This is in support of long-term policy formulation in the West African Sub-region" - this is a multivariate model grounded on the principles of economic theory, more so the New Keynesian approach.
  • Research in Inflation Dynamics: This involve use of model approaches such as Vector Autoregressive (VAR), Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) and Vector Error Correction Model (VECM). This is intended to address short and medium-term policy stance((s) in Sierra Leone by taking into consideration forecast outcomes and impulse response shocks on the system using macroeconomic variables like CPI, exchange rate, reserve money and many more.
  • Macro-based Research Endeavour: This entail empirical research that explore the application of Panel Data Econometrics and “Susceptible Infected Recovery (SIR)” model in areas associated with “Credit Risk of Banks in Sierra Leone” and COVID-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone and the WAMZ Bloc. SIR model is extensively utilised in medical sciences, specifically in epidemiology research, but latterly, its use seem to be widely explored with the application of econometrics models, simply as a way of addressing on-going concerns and implementation of effective policy formulation pertaining to the depressed state of the world economy arising from COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Teaching and External Examination role: Associate Lecturer in ‘Research Methods‘ module, Department of Economics and Commerce, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I am also exploring the use of action research on the topic of “Economic Pluralism“ as a way of engaging students‘ critical mindset in research methodology. I also form External Examination role with the School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Sierra Leone.

In addition to my academic and professional work engagements, I also strive to be part of a community of knowledge dissemination through active participation in Peer Review activities with the following journals: African Development Review, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Education and Information Technologies Journal, Journal of Economic Management and many more. I also contribute in other areas of academic scholarship, for example (Critical) Postmodern / Pluralist discourses and Guest Lectureship at various higher education institutions in Sierra Leone.



  • Jackson, E.A. (2020). Basic Research Methods: Student and Practitioner-Researcher Guide. LAP – Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN: 978-620-2-78724-6.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2020). Research Methodology in the Social Sciences: Perspectives on Sierra Leone (2nd ed.). LAP – Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN:  978-620-2-78726-0.




  • Jackson, E.A. (2021). Forecasting COVID-19 daily contraction in Sierra Leone with Implications for Policy Formulation. Journal of Economic Policy Researches, 8(1), 29-43. https://doi.org/10.26650/JEPR795665.
  • Jabbie, M., Jackson, E.A. (2020). On the Validity of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP): The Case of Sierra Leone, Journal of Advanced Studies in Finance, Journal of Advanced Studies in Finance (JASF), Vol. 11(1(21)): pp. 18-27. https://doi.org/10.14505//jasf.v11.1(21).03.
  • Jackson, E.A., Jabbie, M., Tamuke, E., and Ngombu, A. (2020). Adoption of Inflation Targeting in Sierra Leone: An Empirical Discourse. İktisat Politikası Araştırmaları Dergisi - Journal of Economic Policy Researches, Vol. 7(2): pp. 1-32. https://doi.org/10.26650/JEPR735604
  • Jackson, E.A. (2020). Understanding SLL/US$ exchange rate dynamics in Sierra Leone using Box-Jenkins ARIMA approach. Theoretical and Practical Research in the Economic Fields, Vol. 11(1(21)): pp. 5–20. https://doi.org/10.14505/tpref.v11.1(21).01.
  • Warburton, C.E.S., and Jackson, E.A. (2020). Monetary Policy Responses to Exogenous Perturbations: Energy Shocks and Monetary Policy in a Small Open Economy (Sierra Leone, 2007-2018). PSL Quarterly Review, Vol. 73(293): pp. 181–201. https://doi.org/10.13133/2037-3643_73.293_5.
  • Jackson, E.A. and Jabbie, M. (2020). Twin Deficit hypothesis as an indication of government failure in Sierra Leone: An empirical investigation (1980 to 2018). İktisat Politikası Araştırmaları Dergisi - Journal of Economic Policy Researches, Vol. 7(1): pp. 43-68. https://doi.org/10.26650/JEPR658440.
  • Jackson, E.A., Tamuke, E. and Jabbie, M. (2019). Dynamic Effects of inflation shocks in Sierra Leone: An empirical analysis. Journal of Advanced Studies in Finance, Vol. 10(2): pp. 73-91. https://doi.org/10.14505//jasf.v10.2(20).01.
  • Jackson, E.A. and Tamuke, E. (2019). Predicting disaggregated Tourist arrivals in Sierra Leone using ARIMA model. Theoretical and Practical Research in the Economic Fields, Vol. 10(2): pp. 132-142. https://doi.org/10.14505//tpref.v10.2(20).06.
  • Jackson, E.A., Tamuke E., Jabbie M. (2019). Disaggregated Short-Term Inflation Forecast (STIF) for Monetary Policy Decision in Sierra Leone. Financial Markets, Institutions and Risks, 3(4), 36-52. https://doi.org/10.21272/fmir.3(4).32-48.2019.
  • Jackson, E.A. and Tamuke, E. (2018). Probability Forecast Using Fan Chart Analysis: A Case of the Sierra Leone Economy. Journal of Advanced Studies in Finance, Vol. 9(1): p. 34-44. https://doi.org/10.14505/jasf.v9.1(17).04.  
  • Jackson, E.A. (2018). Hermeneutics of Ceteris Paribus in the African Context. Journal of Economic Insights – Trends and Challenges, Vol. 9(71): pp. 9-16.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2018). Theoretical and Methodological Context of (Post)-Modern Econometrics and Competing Philosophical Discourses for Policy Prescription. Journal of Heterodox Economics, Vol. 4(2): pp. https://doi.org/10.1515/JHEEC-2017-0006.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2018). On the question of the relevance of economics as a science: Postmodern filosifia critique. Theoretical and Practical Research in the Economic Fields, Vol. 9(2(18)): pp. 131-138. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14505//tpref.v9.2(18).01.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2018). Economics of NHS Cost-Saving and its Morality on the 'Living-Dead'. Journal of Heterodox Economics, Vol. 4(1): pp. 1 - 10. https://doi.org/10.1515/JHEEC-2017-0001.  
  • Tamuke, E., Jackson, E.A. and Sillah, A. (2018). Forecasting inflation in Sierra Leone using ARIMIA and ARIMAX: A comparative evaluation. Theoretical and Practical Research in Economic Field, (Volume IX, Summer), 1(17): pp. 63-74. https://ideas.repec.org/a/srs/jtpref/v9y2018i1p63-74.html.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2018): Comparison between Static and Dynamic Forecast in Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average for Seasonally Adjusted Headline Consumer Price Index. Revista Economicã, Vol. 70(1): 53-65. https://ideas.repec.org/a/blg/reveco/v70y2018i1p53-65.html.
  • Jackson, E.A., Sillah, A. and Tamuke, E. (2018). Modelling Monthly Headline Consumer Price Index (HCPI) through Seasonal Box-Jenkins Methodology. International Journal of sciences, Vol. 7(1): pp. 51-56. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18483/ijSci.1507.  
  • Jackson, E.A. (2018). Triangulation: A Retroduction Approach in the Reorientation of Social Science Research for Central Bank Policy in Sierra Leone. African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, Vol.9 (2): pp. 266-271. https://doi.org/10.1108/AJEMS-01-2018-0034.
  • Jackson, E. A. (2017). Economic Methodology: Paradox of Ceteris Paribus (CP) Law in the Context of Sierra Leone. Method(e)s: African Review of Social Sciences Methodology, Vol. 2(1-2): pp. 31-40. https://doi.org/10.1080/23754745.2017.1354553.



  • Jackson, E.A. (2020). Innovative educational technologies for early-years curriculum delivery: A theoretical roadmap for economies in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Economic Insights – Trends and Challenges, Vol. 9(2): 11-21. https://upg-bulletin-se.ro/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2.Jackson.pdf.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2020): Use of Whatsapp for flexible learning: Its effectiveness in supporting teaching and learning in Sierra Leone’s Higher Education Institutions. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, Vol. 13(1): pp. 35-45. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijac.v13i1.11381.
  • Jackskon, E.A. (2019). Systemic health care failure as a syndrome of Market Failure in Sierra Leone. South African Journal of Public Health, Vol. 3(4): pp. 72 – 78. https://doi.org/10.7196/SHS.2019.v3.i4.100.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2018). Opportunities, Challenges and Ethical Considerations as Insider-researcher for a Community-Based Research in Redressing Livelihood Sustainability Issues. Management of Sustainable Development Journal, Vol. 10(2): pp. 63-66. https://doi.org/10.2478/msd-2019-0010.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2018). Contested Terrain of Sustainable Development Paradigm in Sierra Leone. Management of Sustainable Development Journal, Vol. 10(1): pp. 5-11. https://doi.org/10.2478/msd-2018.0001.
  • Jackson. E.A. (2018). Challenges of Research Methodology in Practices and the Epistemic Notion of Mixed Methods in the Academia. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research Methods, Vol. 5(1): pp. 19 - 31. https://philpapers.org/rec/JACCOR-2.
  • Jackson, E.A. and Jackson, H.F. (2017) ‘The role of Corporate Social Responsibility in improving firms’ business in the directions of sustainable development, accountability and transparency’, African J. Economic and Sustainable Development, Vol. 6, Nos. 2/3, pp.105–118. https://doi.org/10.1504/AJESD.2017.10010992
  • Jackson, E.A. (2017). Challenges and optimism for sustainable research capacity in Sierra Leone. The Journal of Management of Sustainable Development, Vol. 9(1): pp. 43 - 46. https://doi.org/10.1515/msd-2017-0014.
  • Jackson, E. A. (2016). Ontological and Epistemological Discourse(s) on Sustainable Development: Perspective on Sierra Leone in the Aftermath of a Decade of Civil Unrest. Journal of Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 8(1): pp. 35-43. https://doi.org/10.1515/msd-2016-0005.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2016). Phronesis and Hermeneutics: The Construct of Social/Economic Phenomenon and their Interpretation for a Sustainable Society. Journal of Economic Insights – Trends and Challenges, Vol. 8(2): pp. 1-8. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2808452.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2016). Phronesis and Resource Curse Hypothesis in Post-Independent Sierra Leone. Ilorin Journal of Economic Policy, Vol. 3(1): 1-10. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2908042.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2016). Phronesis and the Epistemological Journey through Research undertakings involving Human Participants in the Context of Sierra Leone. Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions, Vol. 5(2): pp. 37-53. https://doi.org/10.4314/ft.v5i2.3.  
  • Jackson, E.A. (2015). Negotiating New Dimensions for Forests Conservation in Sierra Leone. Journal of Applied Thought, Vol. 4(2): pp. 86-102. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2805850.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2015). Deforestation on the Freetown Peninsula - A Case of Livelihood and Biodiversity Loss in the Goderich Community. International Journal of Research in Agriculture and Forestry, Vol. 2(7): pp. 21-34. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2805861.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2015). FLEGT Mandate: Its applicability and effectiveness in Sierra Leone. Journal of Applied Thought, Vol. 4(3): pp. 84-100. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2805856.
  • Jackson, E. A. (2015). Role of information science in sustainable development: Sierra Leone as a case study. Journal of Management of Sustainable Development, Vol. 7(2): pp. 23-29. https://doi.org/10.1515/msd-2015-0026.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2015). Impact of MOODLE platform on the pedagogy of students and staff: Cross-curricular comparison. Journal of Information and Communication Technologies, Vol. 22(1): pp. 177-193. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-015-9438-9.






  • Jackson, E.A., Barrie, M.S., and Johnson, L. (Under Review). Impact of Inflation and Exchange Rate on commercial banks performance in Sierra Leone (2008Q1-2020Q2).
  • Jackson, E.A. (Under Review – Book Chapter). Import Substitution Industrialisation [ISI] and Afrocentric Philosophy concepts as Model for Economic Prosperity in Africa.
  • Jabbie, M., and Jackson, E.A. (On-going). Empirical Determinants of Total Factor Productivity (TFP) Growth in Sierra Leone.
  • Jackson, E.A. and Tamuke, E. (On-going). Is there a J-Curve Effect in Sierra Leone: An Empirical Analysis with VECM.
  • Jackson, E.A. et. al. (On-going). Exploring opportunities for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Sierra Leone: An empirical investigation.
  • Jackson, E.A. and Tamuke, E. (On-going). Credit Risk and Bank Performance in Sierra Leone. An Empirical Panel Data Investigation.
  • Jackson, E.A., et al. (On-going). Forecasting and Policy Analysis Systems (FPAS) Approach to Macroeconomic Policy Formulation in Sierra Leone.
  • Jackson, E.A. (On-going). Investigating Livelihood Diversification in Goderich: Determinants and Constraints from a Baseline Survey Intervention.