Expertise: International trade (Export patterns and dynamics), Economic development, and Complexity economics.
Francois has a PhD from the University of Cape Town, that was focused on South African export patterns and the developmental implications of these export patterns. He also holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of KwaZulu Natal. He has also spent time working as a lecturer at the UCT School of Economics where he taught international trade and macroeconomics. His research interests include the dynamics and patterns of trade, international economics, labour economics, economic development, structural transformation, and economic complexity.