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Dr Kevin Deane

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Professional biography

I joined the OU Economics Discipline as a Senior Lecturer in January 2021. Prior to this, I was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Global Public Health at Queen Mary University of London, and a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in International Development at the University of Northampton. I have a PhD in Economics from SOAS, University of London, a MSc in Development Economics, and a BA in Economics and International Development (also SOAS). I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Research interests

I am an interdisciplinary specialist in Economics, Political Economy and International Development. My research interests focus on the political economy of health with an application to the HIV epidemic in Eastern and Southern Africa. I have worked on a range of topics related to HIV including gender, migration, workplace programmes, HIV testing and the relationship between socio-economic status and HIV. I am also interested in the political and social determinants of malaria. I am primarily a qualitative researcher with experience of conducting fieldwork in East Africa.

Current research projects as of November 2023:

Teaching interests

I have extensive experience of teaching face-to-face and online. I have previously taught a wide range of Development Economics and International Development modules, and I also have expertise in teaching the History of Economic Thought.

I have edited (with Elisa van Waeyenberge, SOAS) a new textbook published in April 2020 titled ‘Recharting the History of Economic Thought’. This textbook takes and innovate, thematic approach to the subject with the aim of promoting pluralist economics education.

At the OU, I am the PhD convenor for the Economics Discipline.

PhD Supervision

I am open to supervising PhD students on the following topics:

  • Any aspect of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in East and Southern Africa that takes a social science/political economy perspective. For example:
    • The role of Poverty/Wealth in the epidemic
    • Gender and Women’s Economic Empowerment
    • Inequalities in access to treatment
    • Living and Working with HIV
    • The Economic and Social impact of the epidemic
    • Migration
  • Critical perspectives on:
    • Cash Transfers and Health
    • Microfinance and Health
  • Political economy approaches to understanding health issues in sub-Saharan Africa

I currently have two PhD students:

Cresencia Uleme (University of Northampton), “Slum Upgrading and the Rental Housing Sector: A study of landlord-tenant relationships in a Lagos (Nigeria) slum”, submitted January 2020

Daniel Nyato (Queen Mary, University of London), working title “Understanding the influence of increasing persecution and hostility on delivery of and access to HIV services among men who have sex with men in Tanzania”, commenced October 2019, 

External collaborations

Professional Associations

I am the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE) Teaching Political Economy Working Group co-coordinator (with Elisa Van Waeyenberge and Lorena Lombardozzi), and a member of Reteaching Economics.


Experiences of initiating rapid antiretroviral therapy among people newly diagnosed with HIV in East London: a qualitative study (2023-10-17)
Dhairyawan, Rageshri; Milner, Adrienne; Thornhill, John P; Kwardem, Longret; Matin, Nashaba; Orkin, Chloe and Deane, Kevin
Sexually Transmitted Infections, 99(7) (pp. 455-460)

Evaluating HIV policy: a gender analysis of the representation of women and men in UNAIDS HIV-prevention guidelines (2023-03)
Merriman, Catherine and Deane, Kevin
African Journal of AIDS Research, 22(1) (pp. 9-17)

The effects of COVID-19 lockdown measures on health and healthcare services in Uganda (2023)
Musoke, David; Nalinya, Sarah; Lubega, Grace Biyinzika; Deane, Kevin; Ekirapa-Kiracho, Elizabeth and McCoy, David
PLOS Global Public Health, 3(1) (e0001494)

Malaria prevention interventions beyond long-lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review (2022-02)
Nalinya, Sarah; Musoke, David and Deane, Kevin
Malaria Journal, 21, Article 31(1)

HIV testing attitudes and practices amongst 'wealthy men': qualitative evidence from Tanzania (2022)
Deane, Kevin; Wamoyi, Joyce; Mgunga, Samwel and Changalucha, John
Culture, Health and Sexuality, 24(9) (pp. 1215-1229)

Epidemics, Lockdown Measures and Vulnerable Populations: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review of the Evidence of Impacts on Mother and Child Health in Low-And-Lower-Middle-Income Countries (2022)
Russo, Giuliano; Jesus, Tiago Silva; Deane, Kevin; Osman, Abdinasir Yusuf and McCoy, David
International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 11(10) (pp. 2003-2021)

A win-win scenario? Employers’ responses to HIV in Tanzania: A qualitative study (2022)
Deane, Kevin; Wamoyi, Joyce; Mgunga, Samwel and Changalucha, John
PLOS Global Public Health, 2, Article e0000058(11)

[Letter] Pre-exposure prophylaxis acceptability among transgender women in the UK (2021-01)
Brown, Ella G and Deane, Kevin
BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health, 47(1) (pp. 74-74)

Employers’ responses to the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa: Revisiting the evidence (2019-02-04)
Deane, Kevin; Stevano, Sara and Johnston, Deborah
Development Policy Review, 37(2) (pp. 245-259)

Why Me? Challenges Associated With Recruiting Participants for a Study Focusing on “Wealthy Men”: Reflections From Fieldwork Conducted in Tanzania (2019)
Deane, Kevin; Wamoyi, Joyce; Mgunga, Samwel and Changalucha, John
International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18

Recharting the history of economic thought: approaches to and student experiences of the introduction of pluralist teaching in an undergraduate economics curriculum (2019)
Deane, Kevin; Waeyenberge, Elisa Van and Maxwell, Rachel
International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 10(2) (pp. 137-154)

Exploring the relationship between population mobility and HIV risk: Evidence from Tanzania (2018)
Deane, Kevin D.; Samwell Ngalya, Penina; Boniface, Lucas; Bulugu, Grace and Urassa, Mark
Global Public Health, 13(2) (pp. 173-188)

Towards a political economy of the use of research assistants: reflections from fieldwork in Tanzania and Mozambique (2016-04-01)
Deane, Kevin and Stevano, Sara
Qualitative Research, 16(2) (pp. 213-228)

Revisiting the economics of transactional sex: evidence from Tanzania (2015)
Deane, Kevin and Wamoyi, Joyce
Review of African Political Economy, 42(145) (pp. 437-454)

Wealthy and healthy? New evidence on the relationship between wealth and HIV vulnerability in Tanzania (2015)
Long, Danya and Deane, Kevin
Review of African Political Economy, 42(145) (pp. 376-393)

The political economy of HIV (2015)
Johnston, Deborah; Deane, Kevin and Rizzo, Matteo
Review of African Political Economy, 42(145) (pp. 335-341)

Migration as a Tool in Development Policy: Caution Ahead? (2013)
Deane, Kevin D.; Johnston, Deborah and Parkhurst, Justin O.
Journal of Development Studies, 49(6) (pp. 759-771)

Linking migration, mobility and HIV (2010-12)
Deane, Kevin D.; Parkhurst, Justin O. and Johnston, Deborah
Tropical Medicine & International Health, 15(12) (pp. 1458-1463)

Cash Transfers and HIV Prevention in Africa (2024-05-28)
Deane, Kevin
In: Dauncey, Emil; Desai, Vandana and Potter, Robert B. eds. The Companion to Development Studies; 4th Edition (pp. 490-494)
ISBN : 9780367244248 | Publisher : Routledge (In Press) | Published : Abingdon, UK

Political economy and social epidemiology in the context of the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa (2024-02-28)
Deane, Kevin
In: Primrose, David; Loeppky, Rodney and Chang, Robin eds. The Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of Health and Healthcare. Routledge International Handbooks (pp. 190-201)
ISBN : 978-0-367-86136-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

COVID-19 in an African Context: What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About the Development Economics Curriculum and the Need for Reform (2023-07-29)
Deane, Kevin; Chukwuma, Julia and Lombardozzi, Lorena
In: Yusuf, Abdullah; Morelli, Carlo and Feraboli, Omar eds. Post-Crash Economics and the Covid Emergency in the Global Economy (pp. 49-68)
ISBN : 978-3-031-31604-3 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan

Economics and Global Health (2023)
Chukwuma, Julia and Deane, Kevin
In: La Placa, Vincent and Morgan, Julia eds. Social Science Perspectives on Global Public Health (pp. 28-37)
ISBN : 9780367652098 | Publisher : Routledge

Can economics explain everything and solve all our problems? (2020-04-08)
Deane, Kevin
In: Deane, Kevin and Van Waeyenberge, Elisa eds. Recharting the History of Economic Thought (pp. 287-302)
ISBN : 9781137605245 | Publisher : Red Globe Press | Published : London

The Role of Research Assistants in Qualitative and Cross-Cultural Social Science Research (2017-08-18)
Stevano, Sara and Deane, Kevin
In: Liamputtong, Pranee ed. Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences
Publisher : Springer | Published : Singapore

Recharting the History of Economic Thought (2020-04-08)
Deane, Kevin and Van Waeyenberge, Elisa eds.
ISBN : 9781137605245 | Publisher : Red Globe Press | Published : London