Our Team


Dave Spooner, Manchester

Dave Spooner is the Director of the Global Labour Institute (GLI) in Manchester. He has twenty-five years of experience in research, education and design and management of development projects in the informal economy, including extensive work with organisations of transport workers, street vendors and waste recyclers in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. He has designed and managed national, regional and international research and development projects, including design and coordination of the ITF Informal Transport Workers Project in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and the subsequent projects in Nairobi, Dakar and Kampala.

Dave has a background in international workers’ education, having been General Secretary of the International Federation of Workers Education Associations in the 1990s, and was a Board Member and subsequently Operations Director of Women in Informal Employment Globalizing & Organizing (WIEGO) prior to co-founding the Global Labour Institute in 2010. He is also an accredited project and programme evaluator with the ILO.

Georgia Montague-Nelson, Manchester

Georgia Montague-Nelson, Researcher, GLI Manchester, specialises in human rights and environmental issues, with a focus on international development, poverty and gender equality. Georgia joined GLI full-time in January 2019 and was responsible for much of the desk research on BRT and informal transport development in Nairobi, Dakar and Kampala. She was also responsible for the development of the IUF Gender Equality Guide and the Training Toolkit on ILO Convention C190.

Jess Whelligan, London 

Jess Whelligan was a full-time staff member of GLI in 2013-17, delivering education and research programmes with informal transport workers’ organisations in Nairobi, Kampala, Kathmandu, Phnom Penh, and Manila. Now working for GLI part-time, she is a PhD candidate studying the impact of transport infrastructure programmes on the informal transport workforce under an ESRC Collaborative Studentship at the School of African & Oriental Studies, University of London, in partnership with the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

John Mark Mwanika, Kampala

John Mark Mwanika is the Programmes Officer for the Amalgamated Transport & General Workers Union (ATGWU) in Uganda and Chair of the Urban Transport Committee of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). He has many years’ experience of research, education and organising in the national and international transport industry, particularly in informal transport, including responsibility for the GLI ‘mentor union’ programme in East Africa. He was the GLI Research Coordinator for the Nairobi BRT Labour Impact Assessment and the Assessment of the Market Structure of the Paratransit Industry in Kampala.


Informal Transport Team 

Côte d’Ivoire

Sibailly Douhoure is a former West Africa Regional Director for Union Network International (UNI), the international trade union federation, and subsequently Africa and Asia Coordinator for StreetNet International, the international federation of street vendor and market trader associations and unions. He is a highly experienced workers’ educator and project manager with extensive knowledge of Abidjan informal workers’ organisations. He is currently the Fieldwork Coordinator for the Abidjan BRT Labour Impact Assessment.

Dr Armand Djah is Assistant Professor at Allassane Ouattara University, with expertise in urban planning, sustainable development and environmental issues in sub-Saharan Africa, and a specialist in digital mapping and statistical data processing tools. Dr Djah is currently the data analyst for the Abidjan BRT Labour Impact Assessment.


Lydia Boateng-Pobee is a Masters graduate in Social Policy Studies at the University of Ghana, and development practitioner with over 10 years’ experience, including support to WIEGO in organising surveys among informal economy workers. She has extensive experience in the design, administration and reporting of questionnaire surveys among informal workers, planning and managing workshops and seminars, and facilitating focus group discussions and stakeholder meetings. She has worked with the leadership of numerous informal workers’ associations.

Dr Owusu Boampong is a Research Fellow at the School for Development Studies (SDS) at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, specialising in the informal economy and small enterprise development. He has more than fifteen years research experience on workers in the informal economy, including transport, waste-recycling and waste management. He is currently participating in WIEGO’s Global Crisis Study on the impact of COVID on the livelihoods of Informal Workers in Accra using remote/contactless research methods.


Erick Manga is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Nairobi University, specialising in transportation. He was responsible for the research survey methodology and data analysis in the Nairobi BRT Labour Impact Assessment and the Assessment of the Market Structure of the Paratransit Industry in Kampala and was research methods advisor to the Dakar research team. Erick is also active in the Kenya Transport Research Network (KTRN), established by IDS in 2016.


Prof. Papa Sakho, Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Dakar. His work focuses on African cities, urban mobility and transport in Africa. Since 2005, has participated in several international research projects on migration between Africa and Europe as leader of the Senegal research team. Prof. Sakho leads the research team on the Dakar BRT Labour Impact Assessment project.

Malick Diop is a highly experienced trade unionist and workers’ education practitioner with extensive experience in Dakar’s informal transport industry. He is the field research coordinator on the Dakar BRT Labour Impact Assessment project.


Natamba Shadrack is Lecturer in Development Studies and Foundation Studies at Kyambogo University, Kampala. He is an experienced researcher in the informal economy, including the boda-boda motorcycle taxi industry. Natamba was responsible for survey data management and analysis in the Assessment of the Market Structure of the Paratransit Industry in Kampala.

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