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Research interests

Dr Sushil Mohan is the Economics and Finance Subject Leader at Brighton Business School. He is also the lead for the CENTRIM Research Group on ‘Enterprise, Trade and Sustainable Development’.

The focus of his research is on the interaction between international trade, ethical trading and economic development – it is mostly applied and issue-driven with a strong policy focus. It covers broadly: (i) Trade in primary commodities such as coffee and tea, with a focus on problems faced by commodity producers in developing countries. (ii) Agricultural trade, with focus on consequences of trade barriers for developing countries’ agricultural exports and climate change for food security (iii) International development issues such as Fair Trade and environmental improvement initiatives. The research has been supported by FAO, UNCTAD, International Coffee Organisation and Institute of Economic Affairs. 

The research has been published widely in high ranking refereed journals. His Hobart Paper on Fair Trade presents an interesting perspective on socially responsible trading; it has been discussed on radio programmes and reviewed in newspapersincluding the Financial Times, Independent and Guardian.  Development’.He is on the Editorial Board of Emerald Journal ‘Qualitative Research in Financial Markets’ and member of European Trade Study Group, Development Study Association and UNCTAD Group on Non Tariffs Measures in Trade.

Ongoing projects include social enterprises, voluntary social standards, market concentration in coffee markets, non-tariff trade barriers, trade openness and health.

Scholarly biography

Before joining academic economics, Sushil Mohan worked for over fifteen years at key professional positions in international trade and development. These include Consultant for the Commonwealth Secretariat for developing coffee industry in the Republic of Vanuatu; Director of Tea Promotion in London; adviser to the Commerce Minister for India on trade promotion and policy issues and MD of a Sugar Corporation. He also served on the Boards of the International Tea Committee, International Coffee Organisation and the UK Tea Council. He also worked as Development Officer responsible for planning and implementing socio-economic developmental projects aimed at benefitting the region/poor.

Knowledge exchange

Sushil Mohan has advised enterprises in developing global marketing strategy under the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Strathclyde


  • HB Economic Theory
  • Coffee
  • Fair Trade
  • International Trade
  • Non-tariff Measures
  • Development
  • Agricultural Trade

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Research Output 2004 2019

Environmental improvement initiatives in the coal mining industry: Maximisation of the triple bottom line

Laing, T., Upadhyay, A., Mohan, S. & Subramanian, N., 10 May 2019, In : Production Planning & Control: The Management of Operations. 30, 5-6, p. 426-436 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Mining industry
Triple bottom line
Coal mining
Social welfare
Multiple stakeholders

Regional variations in potential groundwater recharge from spring barley crop fields in the UK under projected climate change

Yawson, D. O., Adu, M. O., Mulholland, B., Ball, T., Frimpong, K. A., Mohan, S. & White, P. J., 27 Dec 2018, In : Groundwater for Sustainable Development. 8, p. 332-345 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

climate change

Debate: 'Does Fairtrade have more impact than conventional trade or trade certified by other sustainability standards?'

Anderson, M., Booth, P. & Mohan, S., 8 Jun 2017, Fairtrade impacts. Nelson, V. (ed.). Warwickshire, UK: Practical Action Publishing, p. 129-136 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch


Effect of Climate and Agricultural Land Use Changes on UK Feed Barley Production and Food Security to the 2050s

Yawson, D. O., Mulholland, B., Ball, T., Adu, M. O., Mohan, S. & White, P., 29 Oct 2017, In : The Land. 6, 74, p. 1-14 14 p., 6,74.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
feed barley
food security
land use change
agricultural land

Simulated Regional Yields of Spring Barley in the United Kingdom under Projected Climate Change

Yawson, D. O., Ball, T., Adu, M. O., Mohan, S., Mulholland, B. & White, P., 21 Oct 2016, In : Climate. 4, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
climate change
growing season