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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gianluca Iazzolino | Post-doctoral research fellow
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laura Mann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Development and a research affiliate of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 (@kvlassen) is the Director of the Conflict Research Group (CRG) at Ghent University and the Africa Programme at Egmont Institute in Brussels.
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.