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CPAID Investigators

 
CPAID will use innovative approaches to research across disciplines and beyond narrow academic concerns...building on our deep and long-term engagement with the cultures, politics, histories and security dynamics of many African countries.
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Professor Tim Allen is Principal Investigator for the Centre for Public Authority and International Development.

Professor of Development Anthropology in LSE's Department of International Development and Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, Tim Allen has expertise in the fields of complex emergencies, ethnic conflict, health and forced migration.

Email: t.allen@lse.ac.uk

 

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Professor Melissa Parker is an Investigator for CPAID and a medical anthropologist at the Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Melissa has worked on a range of global health issues in Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda and in 2014 helped to establish the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform.

Email: melissa.parker@lshtm.ac.uk

 

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Dr Duncan Green is an Investigator for CPAID and a Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB.

Duncan is the author of How Change Happens and From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World. He also runs the blog 'From Poverty to Power'

Email: d.j.green@lse.ac.uk
Twitter: @fp2p

 

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Dr Tatiana Carayannis is an Investigator for CPAID and Director of the Social Science Research Council’s Understanding Violent Conflict program.

Tatiana is also Deputy Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, leads the China-Africa Knowledge Project and is a Research Director on LSE's Conflict Research Programme.

Email: carayannis@ssrc.org
Twitter: @TCarayannis

 

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Professor Koen Vlassenroot is an Investigator for CPAID and the Director of the Conflict Research Group (CRG) at Ghent University.

Koen is also Director of the Africa Programme at the Egmont Institute in Brussels and an international expert on conflict dynamics in Central Africa. He conducts research on armed groups, conflict and governance.

Email: koen.vlassenroot@ugent.be
Twitter: @kvlassen

 

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Professor Alex de Waal is an Investigator for CPAIDis and a Research Director of the JSRP.

Alex is also an Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and has worked in north-east Africa for thirty years, including as an adviser on Sudan to the African Union.

Email: alex.dewaal@tufts.edu


 

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)

Project: With or against the flow' Water governance in Goma

The project examines households’ daily management, financial governance, access to water and other basic social services in the city of Goma, in eastern DRC. It uses an innovative mix of social network research, ethnography and governance diaries to gain in-depth data to reveal how residents navigate public authority in an insecure environment and cope with unforeseen shocks.

Research Team

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Principal Investigator: Tim Allen

Professor Tim Allen is Principal Investigator for the Centre for Public Authority and International Development.

Professor of Development Anthropology in LSE's Department of International Development and Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, Tim Allen has expertise in the fields of complex emergencies, ethnic conflict and forced migration.

Email: t.allen@lse.ac.uk

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Co-investigtor: Patrycia Stys

Dr Patrycja Stys  a Research Officer at CPAID. She works on networked dynamics of governance and cyclic violent and non-violent mobilisation in Central Africa.

Her previous research has focused on the politics of forced migration, conflict, peace-building, and post-conflict state and social reconstruction in the African Great Lakes Region. 

Pat received her DPhil in Politics and MPhil in Comparative Government (distinction) from the University of Oxford. She is a Visiting Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne) and the University of Edinburgh.

Email: p.m.stys@lse.ac.uk
Twitter: @pat_stys

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Co-investigtor: Tom Kirk

Dr Thomas Kirk is a researcher and consultant based at LSE. His research interests include the provision of security and justice in conflict-affected regions, social accountability, civil society, local governance and public authority.

Tom is particularly keen on exploring how power works from top to bottom in ongoing development programs. He has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and Pakistan.

Email: t.kirk@lse.ac.uk

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Co-investigtor: Duncan Green

Dr Duncan Green is an Investigator for CPAID and a Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB.

Duncan is the author of How Change Happens and From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World. He also runs the blog 'From Poverty to Power'

Email: d.j.green@lse.ac.uk
Twitter: @fp2p

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Papy Muzuri is an independent researcher and collaborator with CPAID at LSE. He has conducted social network research in the eastern DRC since 2016, focusing on the dynamics of armed groups, processes of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration, and governance in so-called rebel-held territories.

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Samuel Muhindo is an independent researcher and collaborator at LSE’s CPAID. In addition to access to social services in the DRC, his research focuses on dynamics of higher education institutions, micro-economies of rural areas, and the politics of humanitarian actors in urban metropolises.

Ishara Tchumisi

Isharabin Tchumisi is an independent researcher with the CPAID at LSE. His research focuses on the politics of water governance and how household gender relations in Goma, DRC, are affected by prolonged shocks such as unemployment.

Sandrine N’simire

Sandrine N’simire is an independent researcher affiliated with CPAID at LSE. She is a methodologist who developed the Masahani Method of material allocation to collect data on household water usage. Her research interests also include relations of trust between respondents and researchers.

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Bauma Balume, a lawyer by training, is a collaborator at CPAID at LSE. His research examines patterns of accessing social services, focusing on Goma’s most vulnerable residents. He is also interested in magic and the occult in the modern world and its manifestations in daily life and impacts on research, researchers, and the researched.

 

Other Researchers in DRC

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Dr Tatiana Carayannis is an Investigator for CPAID and Director of the Social Science Research Council’s Understanding Violent Conflict program.

Tatiana is also Deputy Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, leads the China-Africa Knowledge Project and is a Research Director on LSE's Conflict Research Programme.

Email: carayannis@ssrc.org

Twitter: @TCarayannis

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Professor Koen Vlassenroot is the Director of the Conflict Research Group (CRG) at Ghent University and the Africa Programme at Egmont Institute in Brussels. He is an international expert on conflict dynamics in Central Africa and conducts research on armed groups, conflict and governance, with a particular focus on eastern Congo.

Email: koen.vlassenroot@ugent.be
Twitter: @kvlassen

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Dr Godefroid Muzalia Kihangu is a professor at l’Institut Supérieur Pédagogique (ISP) in Bukavu. He also coordinates le Groupe d’Etudes sur les Conflits et la Sécurité Humaine (GEC-SH), a research group focussing on Conflicts and Human Security based at the University of Kiva. 

Godefroid obtained his PhD in political science at the University of Ghent in Belgium.

Godefroid is also the coordinator of ResCongo, together with Prof. José Vuenzolo Banzozi, a network of Congolese researchers working on peace and security issues.

CPAID postdoctoral researcher Esther Marijnen

Dr Esther Marijnen focuses on the study of violent conflict, nature conservation and public authority from a political ecology perspective, with a specific focus on the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Conflict Research Group (GRG), Ghent University. 

Email: esther.marijnen@ugent.be
Twitter: @EstherMarijnen

 

 

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KENYA

Project: A Tale of Two Valleys: Data-driven agro-innovation in California’s Central Valley and Kenya’s Rift Valley

This project uses a political economy approach to examine digital innovation and the commercialisation of digital data in agriculture across two inter-connected field-sites: Kenya’s Rift Valley and California’s Central Valley. It seeks to understand how different players (Tech and Agritech firms, farmers, farm workers, traders and Agribusinesses, policy-makers and donors) collaborate or compete to advance societal innovation while furthering their own ideas and interests.

Research Team

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Laura Mann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Development and a research affiliate of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. She is a sociologist whose research focusses on the political economy of development, knowledge and information and communication technologies in Africa. Before joining LSE, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute and at the African Studies Centre in Leiden.

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Gianluca Iazzolino is a post-doctoral research fellow at the FLCA. His main research interests are ICTs, digital finance and informal economy with a focus on the relationship between technological innovation and power dynamics. Gianluca had done extensive fieldwork in Kenya, Uganda, Somaliland and has worked for NGOs in Senegal, Burkina Faso and Niger.

 

Other Independent Researchers in Kenya

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Catherine Boone is Professor of Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a political scientist interested in patterns conducted research on industrial, commercial, and land tenure policies in West Africa, where her work has been funded by the SSRC, Fulbright, the World Bank, the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and the ACLS and the Long Chair in Democratic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.



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CPAID researchers have conducted significant research in Sierra Leone. Dr Jonah Lipton’s PhD research, undertaken immediately before and during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, explores young men’s experiences of the global health crisis, particularly within the intimate social and economic arenas of the home, family, and neighbourhood. Additionally, a recent study by Tim Allen, Melissa Parker and others challenges positive post-Ebola narratives about international aid and military deployment.

Research Team

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Professor Tim Allen is the Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Professor of Development Anthropology in LSE's Department of International Development. He has expertise in the fields of complex emergencies, ethnic conflict, forced migration, local conception of health and healing, East Africa (especially Sudan, Uganda and Kenya), development aid and agencies and ethics of aid.

Email: t.allen@lse.ac.uk

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Dr Jonah Lipton is an anthropologist and research officer at CPAID. His research looks at the intersections between African political economy, urban neighbourhood life, crisis, and humanitarianism, with a regional focus on Sierra Leone. 

His doctoral thesis examines family life, work, and coming of age among young men in Freetown. Jonah gained a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and studied for his PhD in the Department of Anthropology at the LSE. 

Email: j.h.lipton@lse.ac.uk
Twitter: @Jonah_Lipton

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Dr Kate Meagher is a Lecturer in the Department of International Development at LSE. She has expertise in the informal economy and non-state governance in Africa. She has carried out extensive empirical and theoretical research on cross-border trading systems and regional integration, the urban informal sector, rural non-farm activities, small-enterprise clusters, and informal enterprise associations, and has engaged in fieldwork in Nigeria, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Her research focuses on the changing character of the informal economy in contemporary Africa, and the implications of economic informalisation for development, democratisation and globalisation.

Email: k.meagher@lse.ac.uk

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Professor Melissa Parker is a medical anthropologist at the Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She has worked on a range of global health issues in Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda including: mental health and well-being among war-affected populations; the control of neglected tropical diseases; emerging infectious diseases; the anthropology of evidence and public policy.

In 2014, she helped to establish the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform.

Email: melissa.parker@lshtm.ac.uk

 

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CPAID researchers have explored public authority in Somalia. Dr Claire Elder, for instance, focuses on public authority and the political economy of state-building in weak states. In his 2015 book The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa, Professor Alex de Waal investigates the business of politics in turbulent war-torn countries, including Somalia, and how politicians, generals and insurgents bargain over money and power and use war to achieve their goals.

Research Team

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Professor Alex de Waal is a Research Director of the JSRP and Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

He has worked in north-east Africa for thirty years, including as adviser to the African Union on Sudan.

Email: alex.dewaal@tufts.edu

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Claire Elder is a post-doctoral fellow at CPAID. Her research focuses on public authority and the political economy of state-building in weak states. She is currently undertaking two projects in Somalia – one on public contracting and political financing, and another on diaspora strategising and elite control. 

She completed her DPhil in Politics at Oxford University where she focused on the politics of diaspora return. She has seven years of research experience in north-eastern Africa and formerly worked for the International Crisis Group.

Email: claire.elder@lmh.ox.ac.uk

 

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SOUTH SUDAN

Project: Historical and Political Dynamics of the NGO Sector in South Sudan

Launched in spring 2019, the study aims to understand the historical and political dynamics of local and national NGOs in South Sudan. Investigating these organisations’ origins, institutional development and contemporary functions, the project will inform the UK Department for International Development’s engagement with the localisation agenda in South Sudan.

Research Team

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LSE Principal Investigtor: Naomi Pendle

Dr Naomi Pendle focuses on public authority, patterns of violence and local governance particularly in South Sudan.  Naomi has carried out ethnographic and qualitative research in South Sudan since 2009, with a particular focus on Nuer and Dinka communities. 

Naomi has advised the UK and US governments, and researched for the ICRC. Her current research also explores local governance among refugees as well as the logic of the political market place in South Sudan.

Email: n.r.pendle@lse.ac.uk

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Co-investigator: Leben Nelson Moro

Leben Moro is Director of Planning, Innovations and Quality Assurance at the University of Juba. He primarily conducts research on conflict, displacement and resettlement, focusing on oil, conflict and displacement in South Sudan. 

Email: leben_moro@yahoo.com

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Co-investigator: Lydia Tanner

Lydia Tanner leads The Research People. She has delivered more than 40 research and consultancy projects for local, national and international NGOs and donors. Lydia completed a PhD in information engineering at Oxford University.

Email: lydia@theresearchpeople.org

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Co-investigator: Alice Robinson

Alice Robinson is a PhD student at the Department of International Development at LSE. Her doctoral research focuses on the histories and everyday practices of local NGOs in South Sudan, and their role in humanitarian response.

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Ngot Mou Madut Mou speaks Dinka, luo, Arabic, and English. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a minor degree in Management from Universiti Technologi Petronas, Malaysia. He has worked with many NGOs including BRAC, Oxfam, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and ACROSS.

Ngot is currently doing research for CPAID on magic and religious dimensions of war and peace in South Sudan.

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Abraham Diing Akoi was born in Twic East, South Sudan.  He began his formal education in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, and continued his schooling and early higher education in Kenya and South Sudan. In 2017, Abraham graduated from LSE with a Masters in Development Studies, and he remains part of the PfAL network. He now researches on themes of return, displacement and public authority.

 Email: abramdiing@gmail.com

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Bol Mawein Kuany has 13 years experience working with a range of INGOs including the World Health Organsiation and World Vision. Bol has significant experience in food security from working with Vétérinaires Sans Frontières - Germany (VSF-G) as Food Security Field Officer. Bol has conducted research on magic and religious dimensions of war and peace in South Sudan since 2016.

 

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UGANDA

Project 1 – Living the Everyday: Health-seeking in times of sickness and epidemics at Uganda's borders

Hosted by LSE’s Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa in partnership with Muni University and the University of Gulu, Uganda, this project addresses how social relations and everyday life affect knowledge and the management of sickness. 

Project 2 – Deconstructing Notions of Resilience; Exploring coping strategies and resilience in post-conflict Uganda

This research explores how people negotiate, experience and understand their own coping strategies and resilience, as well as how these are affected by external forces and interventions. 

Project 3 – Localised Evidence and Decision-making (LEAD)

The project creates explicit links between local practitioners and the development evidence, identifying local evidence needs and elucidating the complexity of implementation from the local perspective. Fieldwork is focused on the epidemiologically relevant areas of Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda.

Project 4 – The Politics of Return: Exploring the dynamics of return and reintegration of refugees in Central and Eastern Africa

By analysing how refugees, internally-displaced persons and former combatants negotiate and experience 'return', this project fills a large gap in current knowledge on the 'lifecycle' of conflicts in some of the world's most difficult places. 

Uganda Research Teams

 Living the Everyday

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LSE Principal Investigtor: Tim Allen

Professor Tim Allen is the Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Professor of Development Anthropology in LSE's Department of International Development. He has expertise in the fields of complex emergencies, ethnic conflict, forced migration and local conceptions of health and healing.

Email: t.allen@lse.ac.uk

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Co-investigator: Grace Akello

Dr Grace Akello is a Ruth Glass Memorial Fellow in the Department of International Development and FLCA Visiting Professor.

Since 2012, Grace has been a Research Fellow at the African Studies Centre in Leiden University. Her main research interests include how young people in complex emergencies and the context of HIV/AIDS identify, prioritise and manage their health complaints.

Email: akellograce@hotmail.com

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Co-investigator: Georgina Pearson

Dr Georgina Pearson investigates global health priorities from an interdisciplinary, biosocial perspective. Her main research interests include: methods and ethics in health research; local understandings of health, illness, disease and public health interventions, fisherfolk and neglected diseases and their control.

Email: g.f.pearson@lse.ac.uk

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Post-doctoral researcher: Liz Storer

Liz Storer is a PhD student in the Department of International Development, LSE. She is currently based in Arua, West Nile where she researches how individuals and groups in the region define wrongdoing, injustice and danger. She leads the project research on the Uganda-DRC border.

Email: E.Storer@lse.ac.uk

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Project associate: Jimmy Odaga

Jimmy Odaga is a lecturer at Muni University and a surgeon in general surgery. He qualified in 2005 from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, in Uganda, and received a master of medicine from Makerere University in 2016. Jimmy practices medicine at Arua Regional Referral Hospital as a honorary Surgeon seconded by Muni University.

Deconstructing Notions of Resilience

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LSE Principal Investigtor: Tim Allen

Professor Tim Allen is the Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Professor of Development Anthropology in LSE's Department of International Development. He has expertise in the fields of complex emergencies, ethnic conflict, forced migration and local conceptions of health and healing.

Email: t.allen@lse.ac.uk

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Co-investigtor: Ryan Joseph O’Byrne

Dr Ryan Joseph O’Byrne researches the migration experiences of South Sudanese in Uganda, particularly into how the dynamics of displacement and return migration link to negotiations of public authority. 

Ryan holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in the South Sudanese community of Pajok, his PhD research explored the contemporary and historical entanglements between customary cosmologies and evangelical Christianity in Acholi-speaking South Sudan.

Email: r.obyrne@lse.ac.uk

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Co-investigtor: Julian Hopwood

Julian Hopwood has been based in Northern Uganda since 2006. He is actively involved in supporting the work of local partners, both individuals and institutions. 

Julian moved to the town of Gulu in the Acholi region towards the end of the Lord’s Resistance Army war on Ugandan soil, where he has worked as well as in the neighbouring regions of Karamoja and West Nile on post-conflict humanitarian and development programmes and policy. Julian is pursuing a PhD at Ghent University.

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Researcher: Saum Nangiro

Saum Nangiro is a management and research professional with eight years of experience working with development agencies and local government in Karamoja including Catholic Relief Services, ACDI-VOCA and Karamoja Agro-pastoral Development Program (KADP).

Saum has worked on research projects with UNWOMEN, War Child Canada and LSE on both the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP) and CPAID. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Public Management from Uganda Management Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Makerere University Business School-Uganda. 

 

Localised Evidence and Decision-making (LEAD)

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LSE Principal Investigtor: Tim Allen

Professor Tim Allen is the Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Professor of Development Anthropology in LSE's Department of International Development. He has expertise in the fields of complex emergencies, ethnic conflict, forced migration and local conceptions of health and healing.

Email: t.allen@lse.ac.uk

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Lead Investigator: Cristin Alexis Fergus

Cristin Alexis Fergus is Lead Investigator for the LEAD Project and PhD researcher in the LSE Department of International Development, where she examines aspects of evidence for decision-making within global health. 

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Professor Melissa Parker is an Investigator for CPAID and a medical anthropologist at the Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Melissa has worked on a range of global health issues in Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda and in 2014 helped to establish the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform.

Email: melissa.parker@lshtm.ac.uk

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Co-investigator: Georgina Pearson

Dr Georgina Pearson investigates global health priorities from an interdisciplinary, biosocial perspective. Her main research interests include: methods and ethics in health research; local understandings of health, illness, disease and public health interventions, fisherfolk and neglected diseases and their control.

Email: g.f.pearson@lse.ac.uk

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Bono O Edward is an LSE alumnus and with an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies, a part-time researcher with LSE’s Centre for Public Authority and International Development in Northern Uganda, and a Community Development Practitioner in the Republic of Uganda.

The Politics of Return

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LSE Principal Investigtor: Tim Allen

Professor Tim Allen is the Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Professor of Development Anthropology in LSE's Department of International Development. He has expertise in the fields of complex emergencies, ethnic conflict, forced migration and local conceptions of health and healing.

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Co-Investigator: Dr Anna Macdonald

Dr Anna Macdonald is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the LSE Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. She holds a BA in modern history from the University of Oxford; an MSc in the Theory and History of International Relations from the LSE and a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London.

Anna's research interests are in conceptions of law, justice, statehood and social order in central Africa. She is currently in receipt of a Leverhulme British Academy research grant and also works as a research fellow on the DFID-funded Conflict Research Programme (CRP), which examines violence and political markets in Africa and the Middle East.

Email: a.macdonald1@lse.ac.uk

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Curator: Kara Blackmore

Kara Blackmore is an anthropologist, curator and writer who works at the intersections of arts, culture and social repair after conflict.

She has more than a decade of experience working directly with NGOs, governments, corporate entities, cultural institutions and local communities across East and Southern Africa. In her practice, she uses exhibitions as an arena to promote dialogue around challenging issues such as war, peace and reconciliation.

Email: k.a.blackmore@lse.ac.uk

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Dorothy Atim is a researcher in northern Uganda. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in education from Makerere University and a post-graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management from Gulu University.

She has over five years experience doing clinical inter-personal psychotherapy with formerly abducted ex-LRA children 14-18 years old. Since then she has been involved in various research projects. Her interests are on mental health, gender-based violence, and reintegration of ex-combatants.

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Tony Odda holds a Masters in Development Studies from Bugema University, where his research focused on  morality and resilience in Arua district.

Alongside his research role with the Politics of Return project, Tony is a Sub County Chief of Moyo district, and has previously held similar administrative management roles in Arua district. Tony has also worked with UNHCR as a verification officer, recording data on refugees in the region.

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Jacky Atingo is a researcher in northern Uganda. She holds an MSc in Development Studies with a major in Human Rights and social justice from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, a post-graduate diploma in Peace and Conflict Management from Gulu University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from Makerere University in Development Studies.

Her expertise is in the areas of sexual and gender-based. violence, children born into rebel movements, conflict, land issues, transitional justice and reintegration of ex-combatants.

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Dr Tatiana Carayannis (@TCarayannis) is director of the Social Science Research Council’s new Understanding Violent Conflict Initiative and deputy director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum.

She also leads a project on China’s engagement in Africa, The China-Africa Knowledge Project, convenes the DRC Affinity Group, a small brain trust of leading Congo scholars and analysts, and serves as a research director of the Conflict Research Programme and senior fellow at LSE. 

 Email: carayannis@ssrc.org

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Dr José Bazonzi is the Politics of Return local coordinator for the western DRC research team, and specialises in local dynamics in the Kongo Central province.

He is based at the Université de Kinshasa in the faculty of social sciences, administration and politics and is also a researcher and teacher in the sociology department at the Centre d'Etudes Politiques.

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Emery Mushagalusa Mudinga (@EmeryMudinga)  is a lecturer, researcher and consultant based at the Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural de Bukavu (ISDR Bukavu) in the DRC. He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve and a Masters degree in Development Studies.

Emery's research focuses on land grabs dynamics and local resistance in Africa, armed groups dynamics, resource conflicts, peacebuilding and research ethics.

Alongside his work for CPAID, Emery is the scientific coordinator of the Land Rush project based at ISDR Bukavu and Université catholique de Louvain.

Email: mudingae@yahoo.fr

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Chrispin Mvano works as a journalist, photographer and researcher in North-Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Chrispin holds a Masters in Social, Political and Administrative science from the University of Goma (UNIGOM).

Chrispin is specialised in the armed militias active in the region. In the past he has worked for numerous organisations including Reuters and Flemish news platform MO. 

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José Ndala is a Politics of Return researcher in the western DRC sites of Gbadolite and Gemena in Nord and Sud Ubangi provinces.

He is also a lecturer at the Université de Gbadolite in the faculty of law, and will be essential to the project as an interviewer of demobilised combatants in the region, and in his engagements with the Central African Republic refugee community in and around Inke. 

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Liz Storer is a PhD student in the Department of International Development, LSE. She is currently based in Arua, West Nile where she researches how individuals and groups in the region define wrongdoing, injustice and danger. She leads the project research on the Uganda-DRC border.

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Professor Melissa Parker is a medical anthropologist at the Department of Global Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She has worked on a range of global health issues in Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda including: mental health and well-being among war-affected populations; the control of neglected tropical diseases; emerging infectious diseases and the anthropology of evidence and public policy.

Email: melissa.parker@lshtm.ac.uk

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Professor Koen Vlassenroot is the Director of the Conflict Research Group (CRG) at Ghent University and the Africa Programme at Egmont Institute in Brussels. He is an international expert on conflict dynamics in Central Africa and conducts research on armed groups, conflict and governance, with a particular focus on eastern Congo.

Email: koen.vlassenroot@ugent.be
Twitter: @kvlassen

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Aaron Pangburn is the Program Manager of the Social Science Research Council’s new Understanding Violent Conflict Initiative (UVC).

Previously, he served as a program coordinator for SSRC’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum’s special projects in Africa, including the Justice and Security Research Programme, DRC Affinity Group, and Accommodation of Justice for Displaced in DRC research consortium.

Email: pangburn@ssrc.org

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James Ocitti works as a researcher for the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (Uganda). Previously he worked for GUSCO, a reception centre in northern Uganda, which assisted young adults and children returning from life with the LRA. James has a BA Honours degree in Public Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Conflict Management and Peace Studies from Gulu University.

 Other Researchers in Uganda

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Carolin Dieterle is a PhD Candidate at the LSE Department for International Development. She studies large-scale land investments in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Uganda and Sierra Leone and the concept of ‘inclusive growth’.

Carolin is interested in the processes and actors involved in land investments and aims to analyse how the concept of ‘inclusive growth’ can be negotiated from national to local levels.Carolin has a BA in social sciences from the Humboldt University of Berlin and an MSc and MRes in development studies from LSE.

Email: c.m.dieterle@lse.ac.uk

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Costanza Torre is a MRes student, working under the supervision of Tim Allen at LSE's Department for International Development.

She collaborated with JSRP in Uganda while conducting research for her MSc, and has worked for LSE as an external consultant on psychosocial humanitarian aid.

Costanza is interested in issues of mental health, psychosocial support and processes of social reconstruction in post-conflict contexts, specifically that of northern Uganda.

Email: c.torre@lse.ac.uk

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Charles Ogeno holds a BA in Public Administration and Management from Uganda Christian University and an MSc in Development Management from LSE, funded by a scholarship from Programme for African Leadership (PfAL).

Ogeno's most recent research has been among South Sudanese refugees in northern and central Uganda, and alongside his own, independent research, he is currently working on Public Authority and Resilience-based projects with Ryan O’Byrne in the Center for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID).

Email: ogeno.charles@gmail.com

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Robin Oryem holds a Bachelor degree in Social Anthropology from Makerere University and is carrying out a Masters in Medical Anthroplogy at Gulu University. Oryem's research focuses on gender, sexualities, violence, resilience and local notions of healing and justice in northern Uganda.

He has previously worked as a research assistant for Professor Annemiek Rickters under her pilot study for transitional justice and reconciliation in Gulu. He also worked as a supervisor and field agent for Lango Youth develpment innitiative (LUYDI). 

Email: oryemrobin@gmail.com

 

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Francis Abonga holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Gulu University. Recently, Francis has worked on two major research projects: the Land Conflict Mapping Tool for the Acholi Sub-Region (UN Peacebuilding Fund/Human Right Focus) and the Joint Acholi Sub-regional Leaders Forum Customary Land survey (Trocaire/Democratic Governance Facility). 

Email: alohfrancis@gmail.com

CPAID Consultants

 

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Jimmy Awany is a Senior Programs Officer with Justice Africa in South Sudan. He has worked with a number of NGOs on a range of governance and peacebuilding programs in South Sudan and has built extensive practical experience engaging with civil society. He has previously supported JSRP’s research on the practices of customary and statutory courts in South Sudan.

He holds a BA in Social Sciences from Makerere University, and an MSc in Development studies from SOAS (supported by the Mo-Ibrahim foundation).

Email: jawany@justiceafrica.org 

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Professor Teddy Brett has been involved in research, teaching and practice in Development since the 1960s, first in South Africa at Witwatersrand University, then in Uganda at Makerere University in the 1960s and 1970s, and at Sussex University and the Institute of Development Studies from 1967 to 1992. He joined the Development Studies Institute, now Department of International Development at the LSE in 1993, and was a Visiting Fellow at Witwatersrand University from 2001 to 2005.

Email: e.a.brett@lse.ac.uk

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Dr Ernestina Coast is an Associate Professor in Population Studies at LSE.  She co-leads the MSc in Population and Development, and teaches on a range of topics including: Sexual and reproductive health; Migration; and, Research methods.  She has acted as adviser to organisations, including WHO, DFID, UNAIDS, Marie Stopes International, Population Council Mexico and DANIDA.  

Email: e.coast@lse.ac.uk

Paul Richards May 2018

Professor Paul Richards is an anthropologist with field experience in the forest zone of Upper West Africa (especially Sierra Leone and Liberia). Before retirement, he held chairs in anthropology at UCL and in technology and agrarian development at Wageningen University. He now advises the Directorate for Research and Planning at Njala University in central Sierra Leone. 

He has expertise on agrarian insurgencies, post-conflict recovery of remote rural communities, and the Ebola Virus Disease. In 2017, Paul received the Lucy Mair medal for applied anthropology, awarded by the Royal Anthropological Society.

Email: paul@akaresearch.co.uk

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