PROF. JOHN STRUTHERS’ EXPERIENCE
Prof. Struthers has 40 years of work experience, much of it in academia.
He was appointed Personal Professor at University of the West of Scotland (UWS), then known as the University of Paisley, in 1996. He has been Dean of Faculty of Business at UWS, Head of Department of Economics and Enterprise and founding Head of the UWS’ Graduate School.
Prof. Struthers has lectured in Nigeria (University of Ilorin) and Sierra Leone (University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College). He has also carried out research in Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia.
Prof. Struthers has authored extensive academic articles in a range of journals, principally in the field of development economics, especially on commodities such as coffee and cocoa.
He has previously been a Director of a leading Scottish Chamber of Commerce as well as a Local Enterprise Trust in Scotland. He was also a board member of Waterwatch Scotland, a water industry consumer body as well as an Academic Assessor for the UK Government’s Fast Stream Civil Selection Board, which recruits top economics graduates for positions in the UK civil service. Prof. Struthers has also advised the Scottish Government on international development issues.
Since 2009, he has participated in and chaired Quality Assurance Reviews for the Higher Education Unit of the Quality Assurance Authority of Bahrain. He is a current member of the Westminster Africa Business Group in London.
Prof. Struthers has supervised 19 PhD students to completion. He has been external examiner of more than 30 Doctorates at a number of UK universities. Until 2016, he was a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Glasgow within the Adam Smith Business School.
In 1993, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London (FRSA), and in 2007 a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA, UK).
CENTRE FOR AFRICAN RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (CAREED)
Prof. Struthers is the current Director of CAREED, which is based at the University of the West of Scotland. The Centre, among other roles, promotes ties in Africa with a strong focus on commodities and trade, logistics and global value chains, and entrepreneurship.
HONORARY CONSUL FOR ETHIOPIA IN SCOTLAND
In 2015, Prof. Struthers was appointed by the Government of Ethiopia as Honorary Consul for Ethiopia in Scotland.