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Andrew Coulson is a researcher, teacher, trainer and writer.

He has more than 30 years experience of local government and community development as a local government officer working on economic development and regeneration in Sheffield, as a councillor in Birmingham, and as an academic specialising in local government at the Universities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and at Bradford and Birmingham, England.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s he worked in Tanzania, and since 2009 he has resumed his interests in development studies and made regular visits to Tanzania. His book Tanzania: A Political Economy (Oxford University Press 1982, second edition 2013) has become a standard study of Tanzania in the 1970's.