James attained a Bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Malawi, before qualifying as a chartered accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He then achieved an MSc in Accounting and Finance (with Distinction) from Birmingham City University.
He progressed into studying his PhD after spending five years working in various positions within the industry. His research will adopt inductive strategy and a mixed methods approach to facilitate construction of an effective model of finance for small and medium-sized agricultural entrepreneurs, as well as their adoption of technology in developing countries (using Malawi as a case study).
James’ research is expected to provide empirical insight to policy makers on the effective mode of finance for SMAEs’ adoption of farming mechanical technology. Outside of his doctoral study, James teaches accounting and finance to emerging student accountants at Loughborough College and West Nottinghamshire College. Previously, he taught at Aston University and Birmingham Metropolitan College.