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Dr Robtel Neajai Pailey is Assistant Professor in International Social and Public Policy. She centres her research on how structural transformation is conceived and contested by local, national and transnational actors from ‘crisis’-affected regions of the so-called Global South.
Research interests: development, citizenship, migration, conflict, governance, raceRegions of focus: Liberia, Sierra Leone
Professor Claire Mercer is a human geographer working at the intersection of human geography and African studies. Her work has developed a critique of the NGO-ization of development and postcolonial approaches to civil society.
Research interests: class, suburbs, architecture, civil society, diasporaRegion of focus: Tanzania
Professor Catherine Boone is Programme Director in African Development at the LSE Department of International Development. Her work focusses on commercial land tenure policies in West Africa.
Research interests: political economy, political development, property rights, landRegions: Kenya, Côte d'Ivoire
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @cboone2023
Dr Laura Mann is an Assistant Professor in the LSE Department of International Development and focusses on the political economy of African development, communication technologies and data in East Africa.
Research interests: political economy, knowledge production, communication technologies and dataRegion of focus: Kenya
Dr Wendy Willems is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, where she also serves as Programme Director for the MSc Global Media and Communications.
Research interests: global digital culture, postcolonial approachesRegion of focus: Africa
Professor Katrin Flikschuh's work explores connections between African and Western social and political thought. She is Principal Investigator of a Leverhulme Trust International Networks Project.
Research interests: political philosophy, political thought, modern African philosophyRegion of focus: West Africa
Dr Lucy Kanya has a health economics and policy background with experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has in the past worked on the evaluation of health financing programmes in Kenya and Uganda.
Research interests: health care financing, maternal and child healthRegions of focus: Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal
Dr Declan’s research cuts across water, climate and society, with a strong focus on adaptation and the water-energy-food nexus. He has over 20 years of experience working in the UK/Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
Research interests: water security, climate changeRegions of focus: Kenya, Zambia, Botswana
Professor Deborah is a specialist in the anthropology of South and Southern Africa. Her work is broadly political and economic in focus. She is a Faculty Associate in the LSE International Inequalities Institute.
Research interests: ethnography of advice, aspiration and indebtednessRegion of focus: South Africa
Dr Leigh's work focuses on the economic and financial history of sub-Saharan Africa during 19th and 20th centuries, with an emphasis on Africa’s global connnections. Her work focuses on the relationship between African countries and international financial and monetary systems.
Research interests: economic development, monetary policy, public financeRegion of focus: Liberia
Dr Joanna is a historian of Britain in Africa and Africa in Britain, covering the precolonial to the contemporary time periods. Currently she is researching the history of Somali women who fled conflict in the 1990s and settled in London.
Research interests: migration, refugees, modern African history Region of focus: Somalia
Dr Chaloka Beyani is an Associate Professor of International Law at LSE Law School, a member of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and Chair of its Advisory Board, and a member of the Centre for Climate Change at LSE.
Research interests: International law, human rights, treaty & constitution making, peace makingRegion of focus: Africa
Professor Jo Beall is an Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Research Fellow at the LSE. She has conducted research in Africa and Asia on urban development and governance as well as cities in situations of conflict and state fragility.
Research interests: urban policy, sustainability, Asia, Africa, cultural engagementRegion of focus: South Africa
Dr George K. Ofosu received his PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017. His research focuses on political accountability, election integrity, legislator behaviour, and the quality of democracy.
Research interests: comparative politics, elections, political accountability, African politicsRegion of focus: Sub-Saharan Africa
Professor Catherine Boone is Programme Director in African Development at the LSE Department of International Development. Her work focusses on industrial, commercial, and land tenure policies in West Africa.
Research interests: political economy, political development, property rights, landRegions: Kenya, Côte d'Ivoire
Professor Laura Bear specialises in the anthropology of the economy, infrastructures and time. Bear has assumed positions as a board member in the Economy and Society editorial collective, the LSE International Inequalities Institute and ESRC Rebuilding Macroeconomics Research Network.
Research interests: anthropologies of the economy, state, infrastructures, timeRegions: South Asia
Email: email@example.comTwitter: @BearLauraLSE
Professor Teddy Brett has been involved in research, teaching and practice in development since the 1960s and joined the LSE Development Studies Institute in 1993. He is currently a consultant for the LSE Centre for Public Authority and International Development at the FLIA.
Research interests: political economy, institutional reform, reconstructionRegions of focus: Uganda, Zimbabwe
Dr Patrycja Stys received her DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford. She is a Visiting Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne) and the University of Edinburgh, and manages research projects in the FLIA's Centre for Public Authority and International Development.
Research interests: governance, cyclic violent and non-violent mobilisationRegion of focus: DRC
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @pat_stys
Costanza Torre is a PhD Candidate at the LSE Department for International Development. Her research employs ethnographic methods to investigate mental health and psychosocial humanitarian interventions in refugee settlements in northern Uganda.
Research interests: post-conflict reconstruction, mental health interventionsRegion of focus: Uganda
Email: email@example.comTwitter: @costi_torre
Dr Claire Elder completed her DPhil in Politics at Oxford University after working for the International Crisis Group and years of experience in north-eastern Africa. Her research focuses on public authority and the political economy of state-building in weak states.
Research interests: political economy, diaspora, statebuilding, weak statesRegion of focus: Somalia
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @celder_m
Dr Jonah Lipton is an anthropologist at LSE where he attained his PhD examining family life, work and coming of age among young men in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Jonah gained a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
Research interests: political economy, urban neighbourhood life, crisis and humanitarianismRegion of focus: Sierra Leone
Email: email@example.comTwitter: @Jonah_Lipton
Dr Ryan O’Byrne researches the migration experiences of South Sudanese in Uganda and the international diaspora. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London based on ethnographic fieldwork in South Sudan.
Research interests: migration, displacement, resilience, public authorityRegion of focus: Uganda, South Sudan
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, exploring how power works from top to bottom in ongoing development programmes.
Research interests: security, authoritaniasm, power, water governanceRegion of focus: DRC
Mebratu Kelecha holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Westminster. Mebratu has a background in youth activism for positive social change on the African continent and publishes political commentary on Ethiopia's democratisation, protest movements and peacebuilding.
Research interests: conflict, peace studies, authoritaniasmRegion of focus: Ethopia
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @MebratuDugda
Kara Blackmore is an anthropologist, curator and writer working at the intersection of arts, culture and social repair after conflict. For more than a decade she worked with NGOs, governments, corporate entities, cultural institutions and local communities across East and Southern Africa.
Research interests: post-conflict reconstruction, arts, curation, local governanceRegion of focus: Uganda
Dr Elizabeth Ngutuku is an interdisciplinary scholar-activist. Her work specialises in voice and the lived experience of marginalised children and youth, sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as young people's experience in conflict situations.
Research interests: child poverty, social protection, youth activism, sexual healthRegion of focus: Kenya, East Africa
Dr Liz Storer researches health and well-being in East Africa. Her PhD research explored social healing in the West Nile sub-region of Uganda. She is currently working on projects exploring epidemic preparedness and protection in Uganda/ South Sudan.
Research interests: religion, healthRegion of focus: Uganda
Email: email@example.comTwitter: @lizziestorer
Jamie MacLeod has six years’ experience as a Trade Policy Expert at the Africa Trade Policy Centre at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and he is co-editor of the first book-length publication on the AfCFTA, Inclusive Trade in Africa (Routledge).
Research interests: trade policy, economics for developmentRegion of focus: Africa
Colette van der Ven is an international lawyer with expertise in trade and sustainable development. She is the founder of TULIP – a Geneva-based consulting firm focussed on promoting inclusive and green development – and a visiting professor in international economic law at the Graduate Institute.
Research interests: trade, sustainable developmentRegion of focus: Africa
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @ColettevdVen
Geoffroy Guepie is an economist at the African Trade Policy Center of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), where he provides research support for the effective implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.
Research interests: trade policy, economicsRegion of focus: Africa
Jonathan Bashi is a legal scholar whose work and research interests focus on the correlation between international law, trade and development. His work experience spreads across various sectors, with roles assumed in higher education, in the private sector, as well as in international development.
Research interests: international law, development, tradeRegion of focus: Africa
Email: J.Bashi@lse.ac.ukTwitter: @JonBashi
Jonathan Terrefe is a research assistant at the FLIA. He is one of the convenors for the research collaboration between the Institute and Imperial's Global Development Hub, bringing together researchers and experts on African environmental and climate change issues.
Research interests: political ecology, urban green infrastructures, displacement, climate adaptationRegion of focus: Africa
Email: J.Terrefe@lse.ac.ukTwitter: @TerrefeJ
Natalie Carter is a research assistant at the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa. She is one of the convenors for the research collaboration with the Global Development Hub at Imperial College London, which partners researchers working on African environmental and climate change issues.
Research interests: gender, conservation, land and natural resourcesRegion of focus: Africa
Alcinda Honwana is former Strategic Director at the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa and Centennial Professor at the LSE Department of International Development. She is also Visiting Professor of Anthropology and International Development at the Open University and a UN adviser.
Research interests: youth movements, youth activism, social networks, dataficationRegion of focus: North Africa, Mozambique
Kenneth Amaeshi is a leading scholar on sustainable business and finance in the global South. He is Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director Scaling Business in Africa at the University of Edinburgh.
Research interests: sustainable finance, organisational transformation, governance, businessRegion of focus: Africa
Email: email@example.comTwitter: @kenamaeshi
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.
Research interests: democratisation, clientelism, redistributive politicsRegion of focus: Africa
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @lwantchekon
Karin Barber is a Centennial Professor in Anthropology. Her research focuses on Yoruba oral literature, popular theatre and print culture, with wider comparative work on popular culture and the anthropology of texts.
Research interests: anthropology of texts, oral performance, popular culture and religionRegion of focus: Western Nigeria
Tony Barnett is an interdisciplinary social scientist based at the Royal Veterinary College where he is Professor of Social Sciences. He is currently co-investigator on the One Heath Poultry Hub, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund.
Research interests: zoonotic diseases, qualitative data, infectious disease modelsRegion of focus: Uganda, South Africa
Prof. Gibril Faal is a multi-disciplinary business and development executive. He is the co-founder and director of GK Partners, specialising in socially responsible business models, sustainable development and programme implementation.
Research interests: development, migration and diasporaRegion of focus: Africa, Europe
Piroska Nagy Mohácsi is an Academic Partner of Macroeconomic Advisory Group (MAG), New York. Previously Piroska was Interim Director and Programme Director of the LSE Institute for Global Affairs (2015-2021) leading the institute and its academic programme.
Research interests: monetary and fiscal policy, financial resilience, digital currenciesRegion of focus: Europe
Dr Michael Amoah specialises in African politics, the international politics of Africa, foreign policy, conflict and security. He also published books on pan-Africanism and has an interest in international political economy, and international development.
Research interests: politics, international relations, international development
Region of focus: Ghana, West Africa
Dr Fatima el Issawi is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Essex, focussing on the intersection between media, politics and conflict in North Africa. She is the Principal Investigator for project Arab Media and Transitions to Democracy.
Research interests: journalism, media, politics, conflict, media policyRegion of focus: North Africa
Email: email@example.comTwitter: @elIssawi
Dr Vanessa Iwowo is Lecturer in Organisational Psychology. She is an award-winning management scholar whose research focuses on ways of enhancing leadership development in international contexts.
Research interests: management, leadership development, organisational psychology,Region of focus: Africa
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @DrVanessaIwowo
Dr Anna Macdonald works at the LSE Centre for Public Authority and International Development and the Conflict Research Programme, where she researches ideas of public authority and legal pluralism in the Horn of Africa.
Research interests: law, justice, statehood and social orderRegion of focus: Uganda
Dr Bronwen Manby researches and writes on statelessness, comparative nationality law, legal identity and the history of nationality laws in Africa. Dr Manby also guest teaches on LSE’s MSc in Human Rights.
Research interests: nationality laws, identity, citizenshipRegion of focus: Nigeria, South Africa
Email: email@example.comTwitter: @BronwenManby
Dr Holly Porter is a Lecturer in Gender Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Oxford University. Her work centres on issues of gender, sexualities and violence after war, particularly in northern Uganda.
Research interests: politics, sexual violence, displacementRegion of focus: Uganda
Dr Shirley Ze Yu is a leading voice on China’s political economy, an Asia Fellow with the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School, an adjunct professor with the IE Business School and a member of the Davos Expert Network on 5G, geopolitics and geoeconomics
Research interests: political economy, business, tradeRegion of focus: China, Africa
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @shirleyzeyu
Dr Naomi Pendle 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.
Research interests: public authority, patterns of violence, local governance, political marketplaceRegion of focus: South Sudan
Dr Juliet Bedford is a leader in the application of anthropology to global health and has extensive experience managing complex qualitative and mixed-methods research and evaluations. Juliet founded the organisation Anthrologica in 2008.
Research interests: humanitarianism, anthropology, global healthRegion of focus: Africa, Southeast Asia
Email: email@example.comTwitter: @bedford_juliet
Dr Paroma Bhattacharya is a Research Fellow at the LSE’s Department of Management, the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa and the Social Innovation Lab. She currently works on her doctoral project ‘Leadership Development in Startup Social Enterprise Teams’.
Email: P.Bhattacharya@lse.ac.ukTwitter: @Paroma
Dr Ponsiano Bimeny specialises in state formation from the perspective of violence, conflict and displacement with a focus on South Sudan and northern Uganda. He has previously worked for more than six years as a development professional in northern Uganda, where he grew up.
Research interests: development, humanitarian development, violence, conflictRegion of focus: South Sudan
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgContact: LinkedIn
Dr Gianluca Iazzolino is a post-doctoral research fellow at the FLIA. His main research interests are ICTs, digital finance and informal economy with a focus on the relationship between technological innovation and power dynamics.
Research interests: ICTs, digital finance, informal economyRegion of focus: Horn of Africa, Kenya, Somalia
Email: email@example.comTwitter: @giazzolino
Dr Uche Igwe is a political economy analyst, legislative scholar and communications expert with twenty years of practical experience working with parliament, government agencies, local and international NGOs, the media, research think tanks and the private sector.
Research interests: legislative ethics, anti-corruption, open government partnershipsRegion of focus: Nigeria
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @uche_igwe
Dr Theresa Jones is a mental health specialist, currently leading the mental health and psychosocial support unit at Anthrologica, where she works across emergency response and humanitarian preparedness.
Research interests: clinical psychology, Mental health, HumanitarianismRegion of focus: Liberia, DRC
Dr Esther is a political ecologist working on nature-society relations in areas of armed conflict. She studies specifically the militarisation of nature conservation, processes of environmental change in violent environments and the intersection between geography, authority and war.
Research interests:conservation, environment, conflict, war, violenceRegion of focus: Central Africa, DRC
Email: email@example.comTwitter: @Esthermarijnen
Flora McCrone is a political anthropologist and conflict specialist focusing on the Horn of Africa. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London. Flora has worked as a researcher and independent consultant in South Sudan, northern Kenya and Somalia.
Research interests: conflict, armed violence, public authority, political marketplace Region of focus: Horn of Africa
Tonny Kirabira is a PhD law researcher at the University of Portsmouth, focusing on transitional justice and international criminal prosecution. He was admitted to the Ugandan Bar in 2014 and practices as an advocate in the High Court of Uganda.
Research interests: human rights lawRegion of focus: Uganda
Email: Tonny.Kirabira@myport.ac.ukContact: LinkedIn
Bathsheba Okwenje is a Ugandan artist currently living in Rwanda. Her work is based at the intersection of information practices and aesthetics, investigating hidden histories, the interior lives of people and the interactions between them.
Research interests: information practices, aesthetic justice, archives, social practice artRegion of focus: Uganda
Dr Georgina is a research fellow on the LEAD Project at the FLIA and is a Clinical Lecturer in Public Health in the Population Health Research Institute at St George’s University of London. She holds a PhD from LSE's Department of International Development.
Research interests: ethics in health research, public healthRegion of focus: Uganda
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgContact: LinkedIn
Dr Maria works at the intersection of Development Economics, Economic History and Political Economy, interested land, conflict, gender and social movements. She is Assistant Professor in at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá.
Research interests: development economics, political economy, applied microeconomicsRegion of focus: Latin America
Email: email@example.comContact: LinkedIn
Dr Keren Weitzberg is an interdisciplinary historian who works at the intersection of migration studies, critical race studies and science and technology studies. Her current project investigates biometric registration in Kenya.
Research interests: history and contemporary politics of East Africa, refugees and migrationRegion of focus: Kenya, East Africa
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @KerenWeitzberg
Dr Lars Williams is a Visiting Fellow at the FLIA and a former PhD student in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, Denmark. He has published on the experience of trauma in the aftermath of war in northern Uganda.
Research interests: medical anthropology, cultural psychiatry, anthropology of religionRegion of focus: northern Uganda
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.
Research interests: public health, global health interventionsRegion of focus: Uganda
Email: email@example.comTwitter: @FergusCristin
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.
Research interests: humanitarianism, NGOs, anthropologyRegion of focus: South Sudan
Email: A.M.Robinson@lse.ac.ukTwitter: @alice_miranda1
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