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Research interests

Dr Sushil Mohan is 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.

Supervisory Interests

I supervise PhD students in the areas of international trade and sustainable international development. I welcome students that wish to work on topics such as trade policy, trade barriers, environmental economics (low carbon economy), migration and development, ethical trading (e.g. Fairtrade, organics, CSR, and other social standards).    

I have a rich experience in the PhD process and helping students in successful completion of PhD and pursuing their career goals. My most recent and current PhD researchers include topics in the area of trade and economic growth, climate change, global oil market, Islamic business, CSR, exchange rate regimes, and areas related to international development.    


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 2020

Virtual water flows under projected climate, land use and population change: the case of UK feed barley and meat

Yawson, D. O., Mohan, S., Armah, F. A., Ball, T., Mulholland, B., Adu, M. O. & White, P. J., 6 Jan 2020, In : Heliyon. 6, 1, e03127.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
water flow
land use
Mining industry
Triple bottom line
Coal mining
Social welfare
Multiple stakeholders

Fair trade as a social enterprise: Oversold, misunderstoodor unethical?

Mohan, S., Upadhyay, A., Daskalakis, N. & Durham, R., 19 Nov 2019, In : Strategic Change. 28, 6, p. 423– 433 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social enterprise
Fair trade
Trade shows
Social context

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 journalArticle

Open Access
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 ISBNChapter