Centre Staff, Researchers & Visitors

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Alcinda Honwana | Strategic Director


Martha Geiger | Centre Manager

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Stephen Johnson | Pfal Programme Manager


Laurence Radford | Communications Manager and Editor of Africa at LSE blog

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Ingrina Shieh | Research Grants Officer


 Communications and Events Officer

Currently recruiting for this position. For more information visit the LSE jobs website and apply by October 3rd.

Research Staff


Francis Abonga | Researcher

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). 


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Dorothy Atim | Researcher

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.


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Jacky Atingo | Researcher

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



Abraham Diing Akoi | Researcher

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 for projects at the FLCA on themes of return, displacement and public authority.



Samuel Keith Muhindo Balume | Researcher

Samuel Keith Muhindo Balume is an independent researcher, photographer and cinematographer working in international development in the eastern DR Congo. 



Papy Muzuri Batumikei | Researcher

Papy Muzuri Batumike is a an independent reseacher in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He holds a Master's degree in International Humanitarian Law from USJ/Goma. Previously, he worked for numerous organisations, including the National Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, World Vision, and Youth for Peace.


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Dr. José Bazonzi | Researcher

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.


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Professor Teddy Brett | CPAID Contributor

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.

He completed his PhD in Political Science at the LSE in 1966, and has published extensively on African Political Economy, with special reference to Uganda and Zimbabwe, on International Political Economy, Civic Institutions and Development Theory, and participated in research and consultancy projects sponsored by the World Bank, DFID, and DANIDA. 


Tatiana Carayannis | POR Principal Investigator

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


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Dr Duncan Green  | CPAID Principal Investigator

Dr Duncan Green is Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB and author of How Change Happens and From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World. He also authors the From Poverty to Power blog



Claire Elder | CPAID Post-doctoral research fellow 

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. 


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Gianluca Iazzolino | Post-doctoral research fellow 

Gianluca Iazzolino is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. His main research interests are ICTs, digital finance and informal economy and focuses on the relationship of technological innovation and power dynamics, and processes of inclusion and exclusion



Tin Hinane El Kadi | Researcher

Tin Hinane El Kadi is a political economy researcher. Her research interests include the political economy of innovation and knowledge production, State-Business relations, the politics of energy transitions and Sino-African relations.


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Professor Mary Kaldor | CPAID Principal Investigator

Professor Mary Kaldor is a Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit in the LSE Department of International Development. Professor Kaldor also directs the unit’s largest research project, the Conflict Research Programme (CRP), an international DFID-funded partnership investigating public authority, through a theoretical lens of the political marketplace and the concept of civicness, across a range of countries in Africa and the Middle East.


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Professor Godefroid Muzalia Kihangu | Researcher

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. 



Thomas Kirk | Researcher

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.


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Bol Mawein Kuany  | Researcher

Bol Mawein Kuany has 13 years experience working with a range of INGOs including the World Health Organziation (WHO) and World Vision. In addition Bol has got a strong background and good experience in food security from where he worked with Vétérinaires Sans Frontières - Germany (VSF-G) as Food Security Field Officer. Bol has been doing research onmagic and religious dimensions of war and peace in South Sudan since 2016.


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Jonah Lipton | Researcher

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. 


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Dr Laura Mann | Assistant Professor

Laura Mann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Development and a research affiliate of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. 


CPAID postdoctoral researcher Esther Marijnen

Dr Esther Marijnen | Researcher

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. 


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Dr Kate Meagher | Lecturer

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.


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Ngot Mou Madut Mo | Researcher

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.

He is also an Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Panloy Ltd which manufactures cosmetics and detergents in South Sudan. Ngot is currently doing research for CPAID on magic and religious dimensions of war and peace in South Sudan.

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Emery Mushagalusa Mudinga | Researcher

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.



Chrispin Mvano | Researcher

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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Saum Nangiro | Researcher

Saum Nangiro is a management and research professional with 8 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).


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José Ndala | Researcher

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


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Dr Ryan Joseph O’Byrne | Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Ryan O'Byrne is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, where he is undertaking research into the migration experiences of South Sudanese in Uganda. The focus of his Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID) research is on how the dynamics of displacement and return migration link to diverse manifestations and negotiations of public authority. 



Tony Odda  | Researcher

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



Charles Ogeno  | Researcher

Charles Ogeno holds a BA in Public Administration and Management from Uganda Christian University and an MSc in Development Management from LSE. He has worked as Program Coordination and Development Manager with The Reconciliation Project since 2010 and as part-time secretary for the UK-based charity, Trust Child Soldiers, since 2014.



Robin Oryem  | Researcher

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.


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Aaron Pangburn | Program Manager, Understanding Violent Conflict Initiative 

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



Melissa Parker | CPAID & POR Principal Investigator

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



Dr Georgina Pearson | LEAD Research Fellow

Georgina is a research fellow on the LEAD Project and is a Clinical Lecturer in Public Health in the Population Health Research Institute at St George’s, University of London. She also holds a PhD from the LSE Department of International Development.


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Dr Naomi Pendle Researcher

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. 


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Dr Holly Porter | Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

Dr Holly Porter is a Research Fellow in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and holds a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship with the Institute of Development Policy and Management (University of Antwerp) and the Conflict Research Group (Ghent University).


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Dr Joe Trapido | Research Officer 

Dr Joe Trapido is a Research Officer on the the Politics of Return project based at the LSE Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa.  He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London. He has worked at several universities, including the University of Pretoria in South Africa and at SOAS in London, where I am currently, teaching in the Anthropology department.



Dr Bianca D’Souza | LEAD Policy Fellow 

Bianca is a Policy Fellow on the LEAD Project and holds a DrPH Dfrom the LSHTM where she explored decision-making processes for global health policy related to infectious disease interventions. 


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Dr Patrycja Stys  | Research Officer

Dr Patrycja Stys is a Research Officer at the Centre for Public Authority and International Development. She is working on networked dynamics of governance and cyclic violent and non-violent mobilisation in Central Africa.



Professor Koen Vlassenroot |  CPAID Principal Investigator 

Professor Koen Vlassenroot (@kvlassen) is  the Director of the Conflict Research Group (CRG) at Ghent University and the Africa Programme at Egmont Institute in Brussels. 

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Professor Alex de Waal  | CPAID Principal Investigator 

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.




Visiting Fellows and Professors 

CPAID researcher Grace Akello

Dr Grace Akello | FLCA Visiting Professor 

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


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Dr Michael Amoah |  Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr Michael Amoah specializes in African Politics, International Politics of Africa, Foreign Policy, Conflict and Security. He also has interests in International Political Economy, Development Studies and International Development. 


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Professor Karin Barber | Centennial Professor

Karin Barber is a Centennial Professor in Anthropology. Her research focuses on Yoruba oral literature, popular theatre and print culture, and she has also done wider comparative work on popular culture and the anthropology of texts. Her most recent books are Print Culture and the First Yoruba Novel (2012) and A History of African Popular Culture (2018).


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Dr. Fatima el Issawi | Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr. Fatima el Issawi is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Essex. Her research focuses on the intersection between media, politics and conflicts in transitional contexts to democracy in North Africa. She is the Principal Investigator for the research project Arab Media and Transitions to Democracy.

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Dr Anna Macdonald |  Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr Anna Macdonald is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa based at LSE. Anna is currently working on three research projects: the AHRC/ESRC funded Politics of Return project; the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development (CPAID); and the DFID-funded Conflict Research Programme, where she is researching ideas of public authority and legal pluralism in the Horn of Africa.  

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Dr Rebecca Tapscott | Fellow

Dr Rebecca Tapscott is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, focusing on the relationship between violence and governance in illiberal democratic regimes.


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Professor Leonard Wantchekon | Centennial Professor

Professor Leonard Wantchekon is a Centennial Professor at LSE for 2018-2019 academic year. He is a Professor of Politics and International Affairs and associated faculty in the Economics department at Princeton University. 


Dr Keren Weitzberg

Dr Keren Weitzberg | Visiting Fellow 

Dr Keren Weitzberg’s specialisations include nationalism in Kenya and Somalia; the history of Muslim societies in East Africa; and the colonial and postcolonial history of Kenya (especially as it relates to the wider Indian Ocean world and the Horn of Africa). Her research addresses themes of borderlands; globalisation; race and ethnicity; alternative sovereignties; migration; pastoralism; diaspora; and Islam and non-secular thought.

Phd candidates and student fellows affiliated  to FLCA


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.

To critically reflect on this work, she is pursuing a PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science, focusing on the relationship between memorialization and transitional justice.



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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Carolin Dieterle is a PhD Candidate at the LSE Department for International Development. Working with Professor Catherine Boone, she studies large-scale land investments in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on Uganda and Sierra Leone.

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.

Prior to her PhD, she worked with the German Corporation for International Development (GIZ) in Germany and Cambodia



Julian Hopwood has been based in Northern Uganda since 2006, and currently works on or provides support to a number of FLCA projects taking place there. 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, and has worked there and in the neighbouring regions of Karamoja and West Nile on post-conflict humanitarian and development programmes and policy, as well as following a range of research interests. Julian is pursuing a PhD at Ghent University.



Liz Storer (@lizziestorer) is a PhD student in the Department of International Development, London School of Economics. She is currently based in Arua, West Nile.

Working with Lugbara speaking communities, her research seeks to ascertain how individuals and groups in the region define wrongdoing, injustice and danger, and the various forms of public authority which become entangled in associated dispute resolution.

Liz is also involved in research with South Sudanese refugees in West Nile. She has previously received an M.Phil in Development Studies and a BA in Geography, both from the University of Cambridge. 


Sidney Trompell

Sidney Trompell is currently pursuing an MSc in African Development at LSE and is working this summer as a graduate fellow at FLCA. He has extensive experience in marketing and entrepreneurship and has co-founded a successful hotel business in Nairobi.

Sidney is currently aiming to delve into the development sector, and is particularly interested in population studies as well as wildlife conservation, specifically community-based and grassroots conservation models.