Emerson Abraham Jackson BSc, MSc, PGCE

Emerson Abraham Jackson

Department of African Studies and Anthropology
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Researching Livelihoods in Goderich Village, 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 – Livelihood Diversification Research (Expected completion date: 2022) - 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 of Panel Data [West African Monetary Agency]
  • Financial Development and Financial Inclusion [IMF Institute]
  • Introduction to Financial Stability Function [Bank of England / DFID sponsorship]
  • New Tools and Techniques for Policy Makers [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, on account 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, incorporate mixture of interviews (with Townheads and Focus Group) and participant observation processes. The second incorporate baseline survey (questionnaires) distributed to resident in the different locations comprising Goderich – this is a follow-up of the interviews and participant observation procedures to explore vulnerabilities, trends and shocks throughout participants’’ time in Goderich. It is hoped that the outcome will contribute meaningfully towards knowledge exploration, while also developing strategies to increase access to core SLF assets as a way of improving diversified means of (sustained) livelihoods for residents in Goderich,. The study will also unearth ways of mitigating long-term risks to people’s scope of livelihood exploration, which have implications on the environment.

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 view of this, I have taken keen interest in addressing sustainable development discourses through engagement in the UN Encyclopedia SDG book project (see relevant section on book chapters). Through this, I have addressed topical areas that bothers around the following: “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 Model Development: This is in support of ensuring the BSL achieve its medium to long term objectives of monitoring price and financial stability, which is also in line with the focus of the ECOWAS single-currency ambition – notable example in this case include Forecasting and Policy Analysis Systems (FPAS) and Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium (DSGE) models.
  • Macro-model Research Collaboration: This entail empirical research that explore the application of Panel Data Econometrics and “Susceptible Infected Recovery (SIR)” model. 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 time series data as a way of addressing on-going concerns and proffering of effective policy formulation as experienced recently with the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Teaching and External Review role: A passionate and qualified teacher, with over 20 decades of experienced in the UK. I am currently engaged as an external reviewer with internationally referred journals -  notable examples include “African Development Review, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Education and Information Technologies Journal and Journal of Economic Management”.

I also contribute in multi-disciplinary academic scholarships championed through critical Heterodox / Pluralist discourses in topical concepts revolving on sustained development in Africa and Sierra Leone in particular.







  • Jackson, E.A., Barrie, M.S., and Johnson, L. (2021). Impact of Inflation and Exchange Rate on commercial banks performance in Sierra Leone (2008Q1-2020Q2). Journal of Smart Economic Growth, Vol. 6(3): 67-95.
  • Jackson, E.A. and Tamuke, E. (2021). Is there a J-Curve Effect in Sierra Leone: An Empirical Analysis with VECM. Modern Economy, Vol. 12(10): pp. 1486-1518. https://doi.org/10.4236/me.2021.1210076.
  • 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. (2021) “Efficacy of Virtual Technology as the Way Forward for Teaching and Learning with the Experience of a Global Pandemic”, Educational Challenges. Kharkiv, UA, 26(2), pp. 6-12. https://doi.org/10.34142/2709-7986.2021.26.2.01.
  • 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.
  • Jackson, 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. (2020). Book Review: Critical Discourse Analysis, by Terry Locke, London and New York: Continuum, 2004; 94pp, £14.51 (Paperback), ISBN: 0 8264 6486 6. Journal of Applied Thought, Vol. 7(2): pp. 144-148.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2018). Book Review of Introduction to Dynamic Macroeconomic General Equilibrium Models. (2nd Ed) Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2015. 282pp ISBN: 978-1-62273-30-8 (Hardcover) written by Josh L. Torres., Journal of Applied Thought. Vol. 6(1): pp. 284-289. https://ideas.repec.org/a/zbw/espost/190826.html.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2018) "Book Review: Public Debt Management–Theory & Application", African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, Vol. 9(1), pp.126-128. https://doi.org/10.1108/AJEMS-06-2017-0147.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2018). Media Review: Quantitative Methods in Educational Research: The Role of Numbers Made-Easy. Journal of Mixed Methods Research (First Online, September, 2016), Vol. 12(3): 358 - 359. https://doi.org/10.1177/1558689816668690.
  • Jackson, E.A. (2017). Media review: Practical research methods: A user-friendly guide to mastering research techniques and projects. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Vol. 11(3): pp. 417-418. (First Online, September, 2016). https://doi.org/10.1177/1558689816668103.



  • Jackson, E.A. and Tamuke, E. (Under Review). Credit Risk Management and Financial Performance of Domiciled in Banks in Sierra Leone. An Empirical Analysis. 
  • Jackson, E.A. (Under Review). Efficacy of virtual technology as the way forward for teaching and learning with the experience of a global pandemic. Educational Challenge, 
  • Jackson, E.A. (Under review). Inside-Outsider research positionality: Experience from field work undertakings in Goderich. Journal of Applied Thought, 
  • 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., 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 Household Survey Intervention.

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