The Team

Francis Xavier Dery Tuokuu, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

Dr. Francis Xavier Tuokuu is an international development professional with over a decade of experience working in multiple locations in Ghana, United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. His areas of expertise are sustainability, human rights, climate change policy, extractive sector governance, environmental and energy Policy, and the intersection of these topics. 

Francis works with Mercy Corps as Senior Advisor – Environmental Sustainability and Safeguarding within the Technical Support Unit in Washington, D.C. He has offered technical expertise to support USAID, Global Affairs Canada & FCDO (formerly DFID) funded projects in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. He has field experience in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, he worked in the following roles: Lecturer at Bournemouth University and Adjunct Researcher at The Robert Gordon University (UK), Postdoctoral Fellow at York University in Canada, Postdoctoral Fellow at Keene State College, Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University, Teaching Lecturer at Plymouth State University, Sustainability Coordinator at Franklin Pierce University (USA), and Research Assistant at the University of Ghana.

Francis has also consulted for The World Bank, the Government of Sierra Leone, Clean Energy New Hampshire/The Nature Conservancy, Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, and CAMFED-Ghana. He serves on the Board of Law and Development Associates (LADA) Group in Accra-Ghana as a Non-Executive Director. He is also a Research Fellow at the Afro-Sino Centre of International Relations (ASCIR).

He has published 1 co-edited book and 2 book chapters in Routledge. He has also published over 20 scientific papers in leading journals, such as Journal of Cleaner Production, Resources Policy, Energy Research and Social Science, Environmental Science & Policy, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, The Extractive Industries and Society, Business and Human Rights Journal, Business and Society Review, Natural Resources Forum, Journal of
Sustainable Mining, Journal on Migration and Human Security, etc.

Francis is currently enrolled in Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program, Public Policy option. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University, United States, a double master’s degree: MSc. in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies from Antioch University and MSc. in Corporate Social Responsibility & Energy from The Robert Gordon University, UK. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography & Resource Development with Philosophy from the University of Ghana, Legon.