Professor Alcinda Honwana

Professor Alcinda Honwana

Strategic Director

Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa

Room No
English, French, Portuguese
Key Expertise
Youth, Leadership, Conflict, Reconstruction, Development

About me

Alcinda Honwana is Strategic Director at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and Centennial Professor at the Department of International Development. She is also a Visiting Professor of Anthropology and International Development at the Open University, where she held a Chair in International Development. 

Professor Honwana has been an Inter-regional Adviser on social development policy at the United Nations and a Program Director at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in New York. She taught anthropology at the New School of Social Research in New York and at the University of Cape Town. Alcinda has carried out extensive research on political conflict and politics of culture, the impact of war on children, youth and women, as well as on youth politics, social movements and political protest. Her most recent books include Youth and Revolution in Tunisia (2013) and The Time of Youth: Work, Social Change and Politics in Africa (2012).  

Professor Honwana held the Prince Claus Chair for Development and Equity in Netherlands and delivered the 100th Kapuscinski Development Lecture at the University of Maastricht. She is the Chair of the International African Institute (IAI) and an Editor of the African Arguments Book Series.