Emerson Abraham Jackson

Emerson Abraham Jackson

Department of African Studies and Anthropology
Doctoral researcher

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


I am an Economist and Educationist by training with qualifications in the following:

  • BSc (Hons) Econ - University of Sierra Leone
  • MSc (Research Methods - Economic and Social Science Methodology) - London South Bank University
  • PGCE (Further and Higher Education) - University of Sussex
  • Certificate in Applied Theology - University of Birmingham


My research, ‘Assessment Sustainable Livelihood’ is focused in assessing historiological trends in livelihood dynamics and diversification for residents in Goderich, a sub-urban rural community in the Western Area of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Goderich 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 also been diversified by a range of livelihood activities, more so as a result of increasing population and its exposure to wide range of livelihood assets [Financial, Physical, Natural, Human and Social Capital]. The expansion and need for diversified range of livelihood have also given rise to a range of associated risks and for which people are seen to be making ways in seeking ways of adapting themselves and some of these are also threatening the sustainability of the natural environment.

Data collection process of the research will consist of two stages; the first of this is a baseline study which will involve general questionnaire survey distributed to people in the different communities comprising Goderich. The second will involve panel data study, conducted over 12 months period [three monthly intervals] and this will track variability of livelihood dynamics amongst the same set of participants in Goderich. It is hoped that the outcome will contribute meaningfully to the exploration of a more sustainable means of livelihood opportunities for people in Goderich.

Alongside my academic training, I strive to explore my research skills through publication of scholarly papers which have been published in various international journals. I also work as a senior research economist at the Bank of Sierra Leone, in the ‘Model Building and Analysis’ section; a vital role which complement my analytical ability, particularly in the use of both qualitative and quantitative applications [STATA/ EViews, SPSS and NVIVO] on which outcomes of the field research [baseline survey and panel data] will be focused. A test of my research methodology and econometrics skills will be utilised, particularly so in the combination of ‘methodological triangulation’ approach to unearthing the extent of livelihood diversification, vulnerability and coping strategies which will hopefully form part of my expected policy recommendations. 


Selected publications

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

  1. Jackson, E.A. and Jackson, H.F. (Forthcoming). The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in improving Firm’s Business in the Direction of Sustainable Development, Accountability and Transparency.
  2. Jackson, E. A. (Forthcoming). Economic Methodology: Paradox of Ceteris Paribus (CP) Law in the Context of Sierra Leone.
  3. Jackson. E.A. (Forthcoming). Challenges of Research Methodology (Forthcoming). Challenges of Research Methodology in Practice and the Epistemic Notion of Mixed methods in the Academia.
  4. Jackson, E.A. (Forthcoming). Critical Review of Sampling Procedures in the Context of Sierra Leone’s Low Literacy (and Under-resourced) Communities.
  5. 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.
  6. Jackson, E.A. (2016). Phronesis and Resource Curse Hypothesis in Post-Independent Sierra Leone. Ilorin Journal of Economic Policy, Vol. 3(1): 1-10.
  7. 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.
  8. Jackson, E.A. (2015). Negotiating New Dimensions for Forest Conservation in Sierra Leone. Journal of Applied Thought, Vol. 4(2): pp. 86-102.
  9. Jackson, E.A. (2015). Deforestation on the Freetown Peninsula – A Case of Livelihood and Biodiversity Loss in the Goderich Community. International Journal of Research n Agriculture and Forestry, Vol. 2(7): pp. 21-34.
  10. Jackson, E.A. (2015). FLEGT Mandate: Its applicability and effectiveness in Sierra Leone. Journal of Applied Thought, Vol. 4(3): pp. 84-100.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Jackson, E. A. (2015). 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.

Book review

  1. Jackson, E.A. (2016). Quantitative Methods in Educational Research: The Role of Numbers Made-Easy (Media Review).  Journal of Mixed Methods Research (First Online).
  2. Jackson, E.A. (2017). Practical Research Methods: A User-Friendly Guide to Mastering Research Techniques and Projects (Media Review). Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Vol. 11(3): pp. 417-418. (First Online, September, 2016).

Authored book[s]

  1. Jackson, E.A. and Conteh, P.S. (Forthcoming). Research Methods: A Resource for Students and Practitioner-researchers.