Rehema Msulwa

Associate Professor in Major Programme Management

  • Rehema.Msulwa@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Rehema Msulwa is Associate Professor in Major Programme Management. She is also the Hugh Price Fellow at Jesus College.

She previously held postdoctoral research associate positions at the University of Cambridge, the University of Bath and the University of Manchester. Before joining the School, Rehema was an infrastructure consultant at Agilia Infrastructure Partners.

Rehema has a PhD in Business and Management from the University of Manchester, where she also graduated with a master’s degree in Management and Implementation of Development Projects (MSc).

She trained as an applied economist at the University of Cape Town, where she graduated with a master’s degree in Applied Economics (MCom) and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance (BCom).


  • organisational theory
  • institutional theory
  • collective action
  • infrastructure
  • change


Rehema’s work focuses on organising for collective action across various major transport, energy, water and wastewater programmes. 

She develops theory that expands the existing conceptualisation of major programmes by drawing insights from various streams of management, economics and public policy.

In her work, Rehema explores questions about decision-making, governance and behaviour in inter-organisational settings when actors are assumed to be boundedly rational with divergent objectives, interests, values and expertise.


Rehema is keenly interested in the implications of academic research for practice and policy.

Through her research and work as a consultant, Rehema has engaged with infrastructure authorities and practitioners in the UK, India and Nigeria, and with the African Development Bank in Côte d’Ivoire.