Professor David Luke

Professor David Luke

Professor in Practice and Strategic Director

Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa

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Key Expertise
Trade and development

About me

David Luke is professor in practice and strategic director at the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa. Specialising in African trade policy and trade negotiations, Professor Luke has decades of experience in policy advisory services, managing and catalysing research, building partnerships, training and capacity development for private sector and government. This experience stems from an extensive career spanning a tenured appointment at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, and assignments at the African Union, the UN Development Programme and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) with postings in Harare, Pretoria, Geneva, and Addis Ababa. At ECA’s African Trade Policy Centre, Professor Luke and his team were instrumental in the preparation of the protocols that make up the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement. His PhD in African Political Economy is from the School of Oriental and African Studies and his MSc. and BSc. are from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of trade in development; trade and inclusion; and trade and sustainability.

Selected Work:

EU’s carbon border tax: a new report shows Africa stands to lose US$25 billion every year. David Luke. (July 2023).  

EU efforts to decarbonise trade must avoid unintended impacts on Africa. David Luke. (June 2023). 

How the US can support the African trade that matters for the continent’s goal of economic transformation. David Luke and Jamie MacLeod. (June 2023). 

The key to better trade with Africa after Brexit. David Luke. (May 2023). 

-Implications for African Countries of a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in the EU. Joint publication of the African Climate Foundation and the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa at the LSE. (May 2023). 

Muddled policies continue to plague EU-Africa trade policy. David Luke. (May 2023). 

Why African countries struggle to exercise agency at the WTO. David Luke and Colette Van der Ven. (May 2023). 

Expertise Details

Trade in development; trade and inclusion; and trade and sustainability.

My research