Dr Elisa Gambino

Dr Elisa Gambino

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Department of International Relations

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English, Italian, Mandarin
Key Expertise
China, Africa, International Politics of China, African Political Economy

About me

Elisa is a former LSE Fellow in the International Politics of China in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Elisa’s current research focuses on China-Africa relations, with a specific focus on Sino-African economic engagement in the infrastructure and mining sectors. She has recently been interested in the political dynamics characterising the Ghanian construction-mining nexus, with a particular focus on transnational networks amongst Chinese and Ghanaian state and non-state actors.

She previously obtained her PhD in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh as part of the ERC-funded African Governance and Space (AFRIGOS) Project led by Professor Paul Nugent. Elisa’s doctoral research explored Chinese economic expansion in Kenya’s infrastructure sector by focusing on the internationalisation of Chinese state-owned companies and the evolution of centre-periphery relations in Kenya’s political economy.

Elisa has also worked as a consultant in the private sector and for government bodies, including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Not available to supervise MPhil/PhD students


Expertise Details

China and Africa; International Politics of China; State-Owned Enterprises; Internationalisation of Chinese companies; Belt and Road Initiative; African Political Economy; International Political Economy of Kenya; Transport Corridors; Infrastructure