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Vanessa Bentil

Doctoral Research Student

Doctoral Research Student in the School of Government and International Affairs


Vanessa joined Durham University, in 2018 as a Doctoral Candidate in Government and International Affairs. She holds a BA in Sociology from the Uiversity of Kent, an MA in International Relations from Durham University, and a second MA in Research Methods in International Relations from Durham University.

Vanessa's research aims to examine the extent to which clientelism influences foreign direct investmwnt (FDI), location decisions into sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries under different context. It analyses why multinationals choose a specific investment location over another, and which procedures are involved in making these decisions. With a particular focus on the experience of multinationals, operating in the Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary sectors. 

Vanessa has several years experience working in international development. 

Research interests

  • Africa
  • Political Corruption
  • Political Economy of Development and Conflict