Researcher of the Month - Isaac Koomson

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I am a PhD candidate (Applied Econometrics) in the UNE Business School, University of New England, Australia. My teaching experience spans close to 10 years, with graduate level teaching starting from 2011 to date. I lectured in the university of Cape Coast, Ghana and proceeded to the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Ghana before my PhD Candidature.

Apart from teaching, my interest in Applied Econometrics, coupled with research interest in Microfinance, Small Businesses, Agricultural Economics, Managerial Economics, Finance and Development Economics, has resulted in the publication of a number of research papers that can be found in refereed journals. I am currently the Lead Economist/Consultant for the Network for Socioeconomic Research and Advancement (NESRA), Accra, Ghana and consulted for the World Bank; Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana; and the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA).

Intrigued by the evidence of low financial literacy levels in both developed and developing countries and its implications on household welfare indicators, my PhD research focuses on the impact of financial literacy on financial inclusion and household consumption; the role of financial literacy in households’ asset accumulation process and the effect of financial inclusion on poverty and vulnerability to poverty.

Based on my previous research engagements, I began my PhD with some level of exposure into the main software and analytical techniques required for my research. This also motivated me to opt for PhD by publication which, to me, should be the choice for any PhD student who has prior experience and has available data or can collect data at the earliest. With this, the student can have some publication(s) in reputable journals before completion and also learn more from journal reviewers in addition to what your supervisory team provides.

From a personal experience, the PhD journey becomes rewarding and less-daunting if the student has some level of mastery over the proposed PhD topic and analytical procedures and tools (including software) required in the process. A deficiency in any of these breeds complex problems and a greater devotion of already-limited time to acquire these skills. The take-home message is to plan ahead and acquire some amount of skills needed to embark on a PhD journey before jumping on board. The other advice is to make friends and to seek help because regardless of the level of experience, you will always need a shoulder to lean on or someone to discuss an idea with and to get another perspective to a single concept.

My Encounter with Adroit research

In June 2019, I went into the NVIVO training with a research orientation in quantitative analyses, using statistical and econometric techniques, but approaches to finding my way around qualitative analyses and systematic reviews were new to me. The training I received from Adroit Research has added a layer of qualitative research technique to my analytical skills.

The course content and materials are very handy and provide trainees with the ability to practice during and after the course. The friendly learning atmosphere urges students to participate and ask any question at any time. Jenine combines technical and theoretical understanding of the course content and helps students based on her practical applications of the software in the production of research papers and reports. Jenine’s constant level of preparedness to address each trainee’s problems and questions makes her course unique and worth attending.

Through my training, I now have knowledge in the use of NVIVO for analysis and other important resources available to a qualitative researcher. I therefore recommend Adroit Research to anyone who is a beginner in qualitative research or has intentions of enhancing his/her qualitative analytical skills.

You can learn more about Isaac’s works and publications from the links below:

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Isaac_Koomson2
Academia.edu: http://une-au.academia.edu/IsaacKoomson
Google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=HTijrLAAAAAJ&hl=en
UNE research profile: https://www.une.edu.au/staff-profiles/business/isaac-koomson
Publons: https://publons.com/researcher/1522345/isaac-koomson/
SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=2266503/