Keston is a Lecturer (Asst Professor) in Economics at the University of the West of England. He earned his PhD in Development Studies at SOAS University of London. From 2015 to 2016, he served as an external adviser to the United Nations Development Programme.
His research is broadly in heterodox economics and the political economy of development focusing on industrial policy in resource wealthy countries, climate policy, finance, industrial organisation & development in Latin America & the Caribbean. His work interrogates the sources of institutional and economic change and why some countries and social groups come to exercise agency, despite their marginalisation, to transform their societies. His research appears in the Journal of Developing Societies, Cambridge Journal of Economics, and Energy Research and Social Science.
At present, he is working on three research areas:
1) Climate policy, energy crisis and decarbonisation in low income countries, with specific reference to Haiti : this project interrogates growing consensus on how countries decarbonise through various policy tools and the social, economic effects and development context of the climate crisis.
2) Industrial policy, development and state capitalism: this project offers theoretical and empirical insights into the roles states play in industrializing countries and the extent to which new political configurations and social movements can alter the policy, productive and economic trajectories of resource dependent countries.
3) Industrial organisation and financialisation - this book project considers the role that international finance and financial integration plays in socio-economic and industrial outcomes in resource rich economies in Latin America and the Caribbean.