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.

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. A second edition of his book Tanzania: A Political Economy was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He is Vice-Chair of the UK Chapter of the Britain Tanzania Society and a trustee of its development arm, the Tanzania Development Trust.

He is an Associate at INLOGOV, the Institute of Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham, England, where he has written, researched and taught about trust and leadership in local government, the development of the scrutiny function in British local Government, and about PFI since 1984. He runs seminars and workshops on topics relating to scrutiny, committee and cabinet governance, and other aspects of contemporary local government.