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Shakeba is a Jamaican Rhodes scholar, who recently completed an MPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford. She also holds a BSc in Banking and Finance and an MSc in Economics, both from the University of the West Indies. She has worked on a number of research projects assessing issues related to economic development and was recognized for the Best Economics student paper at Southwestern Social Sciences Association (SSSA) Annual Conference in 2016. Prior to starting her MPhil at Oxford, Shakeba was a lecturer at the University of the West Indies. She holds numerous leadership positions within the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Jamaica, Inc. organization. She is known for her amiable personality, integrity, passion for teaching and leadership abilities.

The PhD project will tackle the question of the potential economic growth and power trajectories of the major players in the West and the East, and importantly, how these trajectories depend on the economic outcomes of the developing countries ‘in the middle’, specifically their ability to strongly recover from recessions. The project will therefore seek to answer the following questions: (1) What are the political and historical factors that have necessitated the current responses of developing countries to recessions? (2) To what extent have influential countries in the West induced and/or benefited from these same factors, and what opportunities exist for the major power of the East to follow a similar path? (3) How can developing countries, by changing the structure of economic fundamentals, enhance their ability to weather negative shocks, and importantly, to limit manipulation by countries that are vying for world dominance? (4) Finally, what are the possible growth and ‘dominance’ trajectories for the major powers of the West and East, given the middle’s potential ability to better handle recessionary periods, and therefore lessen dependency on more developed countries? These questions will be answered by employing a mixture of historical, contextual, and empirical analyses.

Primary Supervisor: Dr Paul Segal