Esther N. D. Darku is a D&D Fellow in International Trade and Domestic Market Competition. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa and an MA in African Studies from the University of Ghana. A CODESRIA-African Pathways Scholar, she works as a part-time research advisor at the School of Graduate Studies, Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ). She has worked on diverse projects, including “Play Time Africa Project” for play spaces in urban areas in Ghana; a temporary exhibition on African Print Fashion in Ghana mounted as part of the Institute of African Studies’ 50th Anniversary Celebrations in 2012; project on Non Communicable
Diseases (NCDs) in Children in Ghana; A research on Food Crop Farming in Eastern Region among others. Esther’s research interests focus on markets, economic nationalism and the informal sector. Her current work focuses on the intersections and tensions between globalization and domestic market regulation and interrogates the deployment of “national culture” to promote local commerce in the face of global competition, resistance to regulation in the informal market in Ghana, and the influence of and reaction to Chinese penetration on the domestic Ghanaian market.