Michael is a Lecturer holding a PhD (Political Economy and Development Studies) from the University of Leeds, MA (Political Science) and BA (Public Administration) from the University of Malawi. Michael’s doctoral thesis was on; “Political Economy of Pooled Development Funds: the Case of Local Development Fund.” Michael obtained his PhD in 2018 (4 years ago). Michael has 11 years of teaching and researching experience at the University of Malawi, based at the Department of Political and Administrative Studies. He is the incumbent Head of Department. Dr Michael Chasukwa is a member of the Tilitonse Core Advisory Group that works on the political economy of interventions being implemented by partners of Tilitonse Foundation in the areas of governance, urban development and agriculture. Michael has done research for both international and local organizations such as Food and Agriculture Organisation, Future Agricultures Consortium, World Bank, World Vision Malawi, GTZ-Malawi German Democracy and Decentralization Programme, Overseas Development Institute and Malawi Economic Justice Network. He has presented papers at international conferences in the areas of political economy of land and land grabs, commercial farming and capital accumulation and agrarian change. His research and teaching interests include political economy of development, institutions, public policy, land, local governance and agricultural policies as they relate to youth and development. Currently, He has published in international peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Peasant Studies, Agrarian South: the journal of Political Economy, Insights on Africa, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Public Affairs, Journal of Development Effectiveness, Africa Review, and Journal of Asian and African Studies.