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List of PhD students working on topics about Africa across the University of London

 

 

  • Aboo, Sumaiya
  • Email: sumaiya.aboo@gmail.com
  • Department: History
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Supervisor(s): Dr Wayne Dooling
  • Thesis Topic: The security establishment and the balance of payments in Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1994
  • Keywords: Militarisation, Apartheid South Africa, Balance of Payments, Security Establishment
  • Ackley, Caroline
  • Email: Caroline.ackley.13@ucl.ac.uk
  • Department: Anthropology
  • University: University College London
  • Adviser(s):
  • Thesis Topic: My thesis is still in the very early stages but I intend to look at histories and stories of love in Somalia.
  • Keywords:
  • Afari-Gyan, Nana Amma
  • Email: 545044@soas.ac.uknanamafari@gmail.com
  • Department: Economics
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • Adviser(s): Prof. Machiko Nissanke
  • Thesis topic: Emerging labour relations and institutions under globalisation: A case study of Ghana (working title)
  • Keywords: Ghana, Globalisation, Institutions, Labour, Organisations, Network, Value chains
  • Asiyanbi, Adeniyi
  • Email: adeniyi.asiyanbi@kcl.ac.uk
  • Department: Geography
  • University: King’s College London
  • Adviser(s): Raymond Bryant
  • Thesis topic: Justifying REDD+? Politics, subject-making and impacts of REDD+ in Nigeria.
  • Keywords: Nigeria; REDD+; Natural Resources; Forestry; Political Ecology; Governmentality; Foucault; climate change mitigation; environmental subjectivities
  • Bannister, David
  • Email: 226061@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Department of History
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Adviser(s): Dr John Parker
  • Thesis Topic: Title: ‘Disease control and its changing contexts in northern Ghana, 1900-2000’.
    Examines the changing social, political and economic contexts for epidemic disease prevention and its related institutions in northern Ghana, from 1900 to 2000.
  • Keywords: history, political, social, economic, medical history, disease, Africa, epidemiology, gold coast, ghana, political economy, smallpox, trypanosomiasis, onchocerciasis, meningitis, meningococcal disease, colonial, decolonisation, colonialism, post-colonial, healthcare, northern territories, World Health Organisation, UNRRA, Sanitary Concentions, Tamale, Wa, Lawra, Bawku, Navrongo, empire, imperial
  • Behuria, Pritish
  • Email: 248034@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Development Studies
    University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Adviser(s): Christopher Cramer
    Thesis topic: Breaking Coffee Dependency: Rwanda’s Push for Export Diversification and What that tells us about its Developmental State
  • Keywords: Rwanda, Great Lakes, Coffee, Tea, Mining, Elite Bargain, Private Sector, Export
  • Branson, Nick
  • Email: 219968@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Department of Politics and International Studies
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Adviser(s): Professor Stephen Chan OBE
  • Thesis Topic: Exploiting Extraversion: How Hybrid Regimes Mitigate Donor Demands for Political Liberalisation and Democratisation in sub-Saharan Africa [Provisional]
  • Keywords: Democratization; Ethical Foreign Policy; Development Assistance; Aid; Hybrid Regimes; Authoritarianism; Decision-Making
  • Breines, Markus
  • Email: m.breines@sussex.ac.uk
  • Department: Anthropology
  • University: University of Sussex
  • Adviser(s): Michael Collyer and Dimitris Dalakoglou
  • Thesis topic: On the Selam Bus: An ethnography of urban-urban migration in Ethiopia
  • Keywords: migration, mobility, journey, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Adigrat, place,
    translocal, intersubjecitivity.
  • Busch, Christian
  • Email: c.busch1@lse.ac.uk
  • Department: Department of Management
  • University: London School of Economics
  • Adviser(s): Harry Barkema
  • Thesis Topic: Social entrepreneurs as creative network orchestrators – how do social entrepreneurs build up and leverage social networks to perform?
  • Keywords: entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, networks, base of the pyramid
  • Additional Info: http://www.linkedin.com/in/christianwbusch
  • Catone, Helena
  • Email:
  • Department: History of Art and Archaeology
  • University:
  • Adviser(s): Tania Tribe, Charles Gore
  • Thesis Topic: White Skin, Black Masks: The African Art Projects of Salvatore Fiume (1915-1997).
  • Keywords: Visual Art, African Art, Modern Art, Postcolonialism
  • Countries of study: Italy, Ethiopia, Senegal, Republic of Guinea
  • Additional Info: List Editor of H-AfrArts (African Expressive Arts and Cultures). H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Network, Michigan University, http://www.h-net.org/~artsweb/‎
  • Chemouni, Benjamin
  • Email: b.chemouni@gmail.com
  • Department: International Development
  • University: London School of Economics
  • Adviser(s): James Putzel & Elliott Green
  • Thesis Topic: My research explores the variation of state effectiveness between Rwanda and Burundi in policy implementation through the lens of the health and agriculture sectors.
  • Keywords:
  • Chung, Jin-ho
  • Email: jinho.chung.10@ucl.ac.uk
  • Department: Geography
  • University: University College London
  • Adviser(s): Ben Page (1st), Sam Randalls (2nd)
  • Thesis topic: Political Ecology of Community-based Adaptation to Climate Change in the Ethiopian Highlands
  • Keywords: Political Ecology; Resilience Thinking; Community-based Adaptation; Climate Change; Ethiopia; East Africa 
  • Coultas, Clare
  • Email: c.j.coultas@lse.ac.uk
  • Department: Social Psychology
  • University: London School of Economics
  • Supervisor(s): Prof Catherine Campbell and Dr Flora Cornish
  • Thesis Topic: Youth sexuality in Tanzanian ‘Development’: Ethnography of a knowledge encounter
  • Keywords: Dialogue, Sexuality, NGOs, Youth, SRH, Tanzania, Communication
  • Deacon, Rachel
  • Email: r.e.deacon@lse.ac.uk
  • Department: Department of Social Policy
  • University: London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Adviser(s): Hakan Seckinelgin and Ernestina Coast
  • Thesis Topic: Youth engagement in HIV/AIDS policies in the rural Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Keywords: Youth; Sexuality; HIV/AIDS; Policy process; Evidence; Identity; Gender; Qualitative research; Sexual and reproductive health rights
  • Dosekun, Simidele
  • Email:simidele.dosekun@kcl.ac.uk
  • Department: Culture, Media and Creative Industries
  • University: King’s College London
  • Adviser(s): Prof. Rosalind Gill
  • Thesis Topic: My research explores new styles of dress, self-presentation and femininity among young, ‘elite’ women in Lagos. In particular I am looking at a style that I am characterising as ‘hyper-feminine,’ marked by elements such as long hair extensions, false lashes, acrylic nails and so on. I am interested in learning how the Lagos woman in such style sees and imagines herself, and what notions of femininity she is performing in and through her style of dress.
  • Keywords: Femininity, identity, subjectivity, dress
  • Fay, Franziska
  • Email: 266044@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Department of Anthropology and Sociology
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • Adviser(s): Dr Christopher Davis, Dr Emma Crewe
  • Thesis Topic: Contesting the Ordinary: Children’s Perspectives on Child Protection Measures in Educational Settings in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
  • Keywords: child protection, discipline, rights, children, Zanzibar, Swahili, the body, phenomenology
  • Gooding, Philip
  • Contact Email: 231203@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: History
  • University: SOAS
  • Adviser(s): Prof. Richard Reid, Dr.John Parker and Dr. Marie Rodet.
  • Thesis topic: Lake Tanganyika: Commercial Frontier in the Era of Long-Distance Commerce, East and Central Africa, c.1830-1890
  • Keywords: East Africa, Central Africa, History, Frontier, Commerce, Trade, Economic History, Urbanism, Migration.
  • Howard, Sarah
  • Email: sarah.howard@gold.ac.uk
  • Department: Anthropology
  • University: Goldsmiths
  • Adviser(s): Stephen Nugent
  • Thesis title: Collective responsibility, collective shame? An ethnographic study of sanitation promotion in Amhara Region, Ethiopia
  • Keywords: Ethiopia, Horn of Africa, rural development, sanitation, citizenship, participation
  • Itaman, Richard
  • Email: 265074@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Economics
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Supervisor(s): Prof Ben Fine
  • Thesis Topic: Financialisation in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Nigerian Expereince
  • Keywords: Economic Growth, Finance, Development, Neoliberalism
  • Kim, Kyungha
  • Email: 583037@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Economics
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Adviser(s):
  • Thesis Topic: Effects of Mobile Money Transfer on Poverty Reduction: The Case of M-PESA in Kenya
  • Keywords: mobile, kenya
  • Languille, Sonia
  • Contact email : s_languille@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Development Studies
  • University: The School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Adviser(s): Christopher Cramer
  • Thesis topic: The expansion of secondary education in Tanzania 2004-2011: the renegotiation of a national education settlement
  • Keywords: education, political economy, public finance, aid management, textbook industry, cash-on-delivery, East Africa, Mali
  • Larsen, Henrik
  • Email: henrik.larsen.12@ucl.ac.uk
  • Department: Development Planning Unit
  • University: University College London
  • Adviser(s): Le-Yin Zhang (Primary), Sam Randalls (Secondary)
  • Thesis topic: Low-emission development strategies: The role of institutions
  • Keywords: Kenya, socio-technical transition, political ecology, climate change mitigation, environmental change, new institutional economics, NAMAs, LEDS, climate finance, carbon markets, sectoral crediting mechanisms, renewable energy
  • Lawal, Maryam
  • E-mail: maryam.lawal.13@ucl.ac.uk
  • Department: Development Planning Unit (DPU)
  • University: University College London (UCL)
  • Adviser(s): Dr. Michael Walls (Primary) and Dr. Colin Marx (Secondary)
  • Thesis Topic: The Impact(s) of ‘Mobile-Mobile for the Unbanked’ on Rural Development guided by Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach. The research will assess how access and use of M-Money service by rural dwellers of a community in Northern Nigeria can improve their living circumstances and create opportunities to help them lead a life they have reason to value i.e. capabilities
  • Keywords: Nigeria, Rural Development, ICT4D, Mobile Money, Social Inclusion, Poverty Reduction, Equality, Informal Banking, Freedom 
  • LeRoux-Rutledge, Emily
  • Email: e.g.leroux-rutledge@lse.ac.uk
  • Department: Social Psychology
  • University: London School of Economics
  • Supervisor(s): Prof Catherine Campbell
  • Thesis Topic: South Sudan, Women & Media
  • Morelli, Ettore
  • Email: 019226@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: History
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Supervisor(s): Dr Wayne Dooling
  • Thesis Topic: The role of violence and protection in the shaping of Basotho communities on the OFS-Lesotho border
  • Keywords: Border, Violence, Identity, African Institutions
  • Mosselson, Aidan
  • Email: aidan.mosselson.11@ucl.ac.uk
  • Department: Geography
  • University: University College London
  • Adviser(s): Jennifer Robinson, Charlotte Lemanski
  • Thesis Topic: My research explores the process of urban renewal currently underway in inner-city Johannesburg. Particular focus is on efforts to provide affordable and low-income housing and the relationship these have with broader urban renewal strategies and outcomes. It also explores issues of security and urban management and examines the ways in which urban spaces are produced and populations within them are moulded and managed. Furthermore, the research accounts for residents in the inner-city’s experiences of the renewal process and explores their evolving relationship with the city and emerging urban identities and claims to rights in the city.
  • Keywords: gentrification, urban regeneration, habitus, security, right to the city
  • Nash, Kathryn
  • Email: 579346@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Adviser(s): Dr Leslie Vinjamuri and Prof Stephen Chan
  • Thesis Topic: Conflict resolutions norms in Africa at the advent of the OAU and at the advent of the African Union
  • Keywords: Norms, Conflict Resolution, Regional Organisations
  • Neves Alves, Susana
  • Contact email: Susana.Alves.11@ucl.ac.uk
  • Department: Geography
  • University: University College London
  • Adviser(s):Jenny Robinson, Ben Page
  • Thesis topic: Water Supply in highly informal contexts: the case of Bafatá, Guinea-Bissau
  • Keywords: Urban Governance, Informality, State formation, water supply, post-colonial apporaches
 

 

 

  • Nguyen, ThienVinh (first name pronounced “tinvin”)
  • Email: tv.nguyen.11@ucl.ac.uk
  • Department: Geography
  • University: University College London
  • Adviser(s): Charlotte Lemanski, Jenny Robinson
  • Thesis topic: Ghana and Oil: Understanding Societal Change Through the Perspective of the Urban Poor
  • Keywords: Ghana; Oil; Cities; Urban Development; Urban Poverty; Informality; Societal Change; China; Natural Resources; Political Ecology
  • Okech-Appiah, Lily
  • Email: lillyappiah@gmail.com
  • Department: WISE Institute
  • University: University of Hull / University of Oviedo
  • Supervisor(s): Dr Wilkinson and Prof Bales
  • Thesis Topic: Human trafficking of Africans into Europe (Case study: Trafficking of women and girls from Kenya to Italy and the Netherlands for sexual exploitation
  • Oputa, Noelle
  • Email: noelleoputa@gmail.com
  • Department: Development Studies
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Supervisor(s): Dr Colette Harris
  • Thesis Topic: The impact of education on women empowerment in Nigeria
  • Keywords: Education, Women Empowerment
  • Pailey, Robtel Neajai
  • Contact email: r_pailey@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Development Studies
  • University: SOAS (University of London)
  • Adviser(s): Dr. Laura Hammond
  • Thesis topic: The Love of Liberty Divided Us Here? Factors Leading to the Introduction (and Postponement) of Proposed Dual Citizenship Legislation in Liberia
  • Keywords: Post-conflict Reconstruction, Governance, Diasporas and Development, Return Migration, Citizenship and Nationality, Dual Citizenship, Socio-political and Economic Developments within the West-African Sub-region
  • Procopio, Maddalena
  • Email: M.Procopio@lse.ac.uk
  • Department: International Relations
  • University: London School of Economics
  • Adviser(s):
  • Thesis Topic: Kenyan State-Society negotiations vis-à-vis Chinese activities
  • Keywords: Kenya-China relations, Kenya state-society
  • Rashwan, Hany
  • Email: 540887@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Adviser(s): Ayman Al Desouky (SOAS) Stephen Quirk (UCL)
  • Thesis Topic: The question of the literary in approaches to Ancient Egyptian Literature: towards an Arabic-based critical approach ” the debate between a man and his soul (BA) as a case study”
    My main research area is comparative/Historical Rhetoric. My study tries to offer a new rhetorical criticism to the ancient Egyptian literary devices based on Arabic-Semitic rhetoric methodology. My study entails a systematic critical revisionism of the predominantly Eurocentric approaches in the disciplines of Egyptology and comparative literary studies. My research interests include rhetoric theory, the history of rhetoric, intercultural communication, linguistic anthropology, and comparative linguistics.
  • Keywords: Ancient Egyptian Rhetoric
  • Rayale, Siham
  • Email: 297576@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Development Studies
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
  • Adviser(s): Dr. Laura Hammond
  • Thesis topic: The Politics of Peace and Security and Women’s Political Participation in Somaliland
  • Keywords: Horn of Africa, Gender, Human Security, Peacebuilding, Fragile States
  • Roelofs, Portia
  • Email: portia.roelofs@kcl.ac.uk
  • Department: Department of Political Economy
  • University: King’s College London
  • Adviser(s): Dr Adrian Blau & Dr Humeira Iqtidar
  • Thesis Topic: Full Title of the PhD:
    An agent-centric theory of corruption: Non-Western contexts and serious ethical choices
    Short Title for use in Research:
    Rules, Principles and Getting Things Done: Decisions and the State in Nigeria
  • Keywords: Nigeria, political theory, comparative political theory, corruption, ethnography, institutions, informal practices, post-colonialism, African Politics, anti-corruption, critical study of good governance
  • Sahin, Bilge
  • Email: bilgshn@gmail.com
  • Department: Development Studies
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Supervisor(s): Dr Zoe Marriage
  • Thesis Topic: Mobile gender courts in DRC as a new way in transitional justice mechanism on gender related violence crimes in conflicts
  • Keywords: Sexual Violence, Gender, DRC
  • Samuel, Samantha
  • Email: samantha.samuel.12@ucl.ac.uk
  • Department: Development Planning Unit
  • University: UCL
  • Adviser(s): Michael Wall and Zeremariam Fre
  • Thesis topic: Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Ethiopia
  • Keywords: Ethiopia; indigenous knowledge systems; gender; political ecology; natural resource management
  • Schmidt, Kathrin
  • Email: kathrin.schmidt@gold.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for Cultural Studies
  • University: Goldsmiths
  • Adviser(s):
  • Thesis Topic: The impact of globalisation and commodification on contemporary performing arts in West Africa
  • Keywords: performing arts, cultural policy and politics, globalisation, commodification, hybridity
  • Countries of study: Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal
  • Singer, Christine
  • Email: christine_singer@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Media and Film Studies
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
  • Adviser(s): Dr Lindiwe Dovey
  • Thesis Topic: “Born Free”? Youth and Screen Media in Post-Apartheid South Africa (1994-2012)
  • Keywords: Media, film, cinema, television, children, youth, South Africa, cultural studies, popular culture, development
  • Singh, Simran
  • Email: simransingh03@gmail.com
  • Department: Music
  • University: Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Adviser(s):
  • Thesis Topic: Politics, Power and Identity: Popular Music in Uganda
    An investigation into political expression through popular music in fragile states
  • Keywords: Music, Uganda, Politics, Fragile States
  • Sutton, Rebecca
  • Email: rebecca.a.sutton@gmail.com
  • Department: Development
  • University: London School of Economics
  • Supervisor(s): Prof Tim Allen and Dr Devika Hovell
  • Thesis Topic: Neutrality + humanitarian principles: Civil-military relations in UN integrated missions
  • Keywords: Humanitarian Action, Civil-Military Co-ordinate UN Peacekeeping, CAR, DRC, South Sudan
  • Taha, Hagar
  • Email: Hagar_Taha@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • University: University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • Adviser(s): Stephen Chan
  • Thesis topic: The Local Element of Peace: Role of Indigenous Civil Societies in Intervention and Conflict Resolution – Cases of Darfur and Somaliland (Northern Somalia)
  • Keywords: Humanitarian Intervention, Critical Security Studies, Sudan, Somalia, Darfur, Somaliland, Conflict Resolution, Civil Society
  • Thill, Michel
  • Email: michel.thill85@gmail.com
  • Department: Department of Political and Social Sciences
  • University: University of Ghent (Belgium)
  • Supervisor(s): Prof Koen Vlassenroot
  • Thesis Topic: Public order at the bend in the river police-society encounters in and around Kisangani, 2005 – present
  • Keywords: Public Authority, Police, Negotiated Statehood, Congo
  • Tiplady Higgs, Eleanor
  • Contact email: e_higgs@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for Gender Studies / Centre for Gender and Religions Research
  • University: SOAS
  • Adviser(s): Dr. Sian Hawthorne (1st), Prof. Nadje Al-Ali (2nd)
  • Thesis topic: ‘Women-centred theology in practice? A study of the theology and ethics of the Young Women’s Christian Association in Kenya.’ [WORKING TITLE]
  • Keywords: Kenya, women’s movement in Kenya, YWCA, Christianities, ethics, sexual and reproductive health and rights, feminism, postcolonialism, Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians.
  • Wiebusch, Micha
  • Email: michawiebusch@gmail.com
  • Department: Law
  • University: SOAS
  • Adviser(s): Matt Craven
  • Thesis topic: The Emerging Normative Framework of the African Union on Constitutionalism – The Legal Process and the Contribution to Peace, Security and Democratic State Building
  • Keywords: African Union; Regional Integration in Africa; Peace and Conflict Studies; Governance and Accountability; Public International Law; Transitional Justice; Law of International Organisations; Human Rights; Humanitarian Law; International Criminal Law; Law of Treaties.
  • Wolan, Mikal
  • Email: mikal.wolan@gmail.com
  • Department: Social Anthropology
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Supervisor(s):
  • Thesis Topic: Eritrean second-generation identity construction
  • Keywords: Eritrea, East Africa, Diaspora, Transnationalism, Migration
  • Wolf, Christina
  • Email: c_wolf@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Economics
  • University: SOAS
  • Adviser(s):Dr. Dic Lo
  • Thesis topic title: China’s impact on structral change in Sub-Saharan Africa with special focus on the role of industrial policy
  • Keywords: South-South Cooperation; China in Africa; Industrialisation; Industrial Policy; Structural Change; Oil
  • Wood, Astrid
  • Email: astrid.wood.10@ucl.ac.uk
  • Department: Geography
  • University: University College London
  • Adviser(s): Jennifer Robinson
  • Thesis topic: Peripatetic Planning: Tracing the Mobility of Bus Rapid Transit through South African Cities
  • Keywords: urban policy mobility; South Africa; bus rapid transit
  • Vrolijk, Kasper
  • Email: k_vrolijk@soas.ac.uk
  • Department: Economics
  • University: School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Supervisor(s): Prof Ben Fine
  • Thesis Topic: Structural transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa and the role of industrial policy in a new economic environment
  • Keywords: Structural Transformation, Economic Development, Industrial Policy, Rwanda, Ethiopia
  • Zelezny-Green, Ronda
  • Email: rondazg3@gmail.com
  • Department: Department of Geography
  • University: Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Adviser(s): Dr Dorothea Kleine and Dr Niall Winters
  • Thesis Topic: Secondary School Girls in Kenya and Mobile Learning During After-School Hours: A Capability Approach Design for Constructivist Education
  • Keywords: mobile learning, capability approach, constructivism, Kenya
  • Additional info: http://www.rondazg.com

 

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