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Below is a list of AFSAAP members arranged by their geographical and thematic focus on Africa. To view members’ details click on the countries you’re interested in, then scroll down to view the information.

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Maimouna Saidi Abass
Curtin University,
Interests: Environmental issues in the plant quarantine and phytosanitary sector, Zambia and Australia.


Mrs Malmouna Abass Luangala
Curtin University
Interests: Environmental and Agricultural Entomology in Africa. Specialist in Agricultural Research and Plant Protection and Quarantine issues in Zambia. Recent work includes study of impact of degradation of of an urban remnant on Formicidae and Coleoptera (Curtin University). Previous researches include work on Fruit Flies, fumigation related issues, food safety work in Zambia..


Frank Akampa
University of Kabale department-of-environment-and-natural-resource
Interests: Tourism planning and development, environmental management and climate change projects in South Western Uganda, Western Uganda and various parts of Rwanda. Specific areas that I have worked on are community-based tourism around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (S.W.Uganda), conservation management projects around Queen Elizabeth National Park, and climate change assessment, mitigation and adaptation in Kabale district, S.W. Uganda. Recent work was on land management, agricultural productivity and sustainable utilization of natural resources in Kamuganguzi Sub County, Kabale district, S.W. Uganda.

South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda

Robyn Alders
University of Sydney
Robyn Alders
Interests: Robyn Alders (BVSc,USyd; PhD, ANU) is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Veterinary Science within the University of Sydney and a Director of the KYEEMA Foundation. For over 20 years, she has worked closely with smallholder farmers in Africa as a veterinarian, researcher and colleague, with an emphasis on the development of sustainable infectious disease control in rural areas in support of food security and poverty alleviation. Robyn’s time in Africa commenced in 1989 with a truly enjoyable 3 years in Zambia, followed by a remarkable 12 years in Mozambique and 10 months in Angola most recently which helped to brush up her Portuguese. To date she has visited and collaborated with colleagues in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In January 2011, Robyn was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished to veterinary science as a researcher and educator, to the maintenance of food security in developing countries through livestock management and disease control programs.


Rose Amazan
University of New England

Ethiopia, Africans Worldwide

Thomas Antwi Bosiakoh
Macquarie University,
Interests: Migration, Criminology, child studies & family sociology. My current research explores the informal entrepreneurial activities of Nigerian immigrants in Ghana.

Ghana, Nigeria

Christopher Appiah-Thompson
The University of Newcastle, Faculty of Law and Business
Interests: I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Ghana in May 2009. I went on to read for the MPhil in Public Administration at the University of Bergen, Norway which was awarded in July 2012. In 2013, I won the Eni scholarship to study for the MSc in African Studies (Politics, History & Anthropology) at the University of Oxford, UK, which I successfully completed in July, 2014. Before then, I was a visiting Research Scholar at the Nordic African Institute, Uppsala, Sweden from March to April, 2012. I recently presented a paper at the Annual Graduate Conference in Political Science, International Relations & Public Policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel from the 13th to 16th, December 2016. Interest: Africans in other parts of the world

Nigeria, Ghana

Dr Melanie Baak
University of South Australia
Interests: Melanie is currently the convenor of the UniSA Refugee and Migration Research Network. She has conducted a number of research projects which explore the resettlement experiences of people from African countries in Australia. Her research has focused on members of the South Sudanese community in Australia, and she is also knowledgeable about the current context in South Sudan where she operates an educationally focussed NGO. Her research interests include: education, diaspora, 'race', belonging, forced migration studies and gender.

South Sudan, Africans in Australia

Dr. Samantha Balaton-Chrimes
Deakin University
Interests: Samantha Balaton-Chrimes is a Lecturer in International Studies at Deakin University. Her past and current research focuses on citizenship, citizen empowerment, and human rights in both empirical and theoretical terms, particularly in the context of Kenya. Samantha has been involved in specific research on statelessness, ethnic politics, livelihoods, land rights, labour rights, private regulation of human rights in the context of global business practices. Samantha is available to offer expert commentary on all issues relating to Kenyan politics.


Ms Aminata (Miatta) Banya
University of Western Australia
Interests: Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Dr Noah Bassil
Macquarie University, Deptartment of Modern History, Politics and International Relations
Dr Noah Bassil
Interests: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, also holds a position with the Centre for Middle East and North African Studies at Macquarie University. Noah's interests include global political economy, colonialism and post-colonialism, and the political economy of uneven north-south relations. Noah has published on a range of topics associated with colonialism and post-colonialism and most recently published a book titled "The Crisis of the Sudanese Postcolonial State" which re-examines the origins of the conflict in Darfur by contextualizing events in Sudan within broader regional and international patterns of politics, economics and culture. Noah is currently researching into the global, regional and national power relations that have emerged following the Arab uprisings.

Egypt, Libya, Sudan

Lawrence G. Boakye
The University of Sydney ,
Interests: Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Agriculture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. Lawrence has quite an appreciable level of experience in development work having had stints, during his undergraduate studies, with ActionAid Ghana (Brong Ahafo Region Development Programme) and World Vision Ghana where he led two separate teams consisting of tertiary students drawn mainly from KNUST as well as other universities in Ghana to undertake Transformational Development Indicators (TDI) surveys prior to the establishment of the Kintampo South and Fanteakwa Districts Area Development Programmes. Following the completion of his undergraduate studies in 2008, he undertook his one year national service with the Inland Valleys Rice Development Project (IVRDP), a defunct African Development Bank (AfDB) funded agriculture water management project in Ghana. He stayed on the project as a Technical Officer after his national service organizing and co- ordinating various project activities until project closure in mid-2012. His supportive role helped him learn a lot about managing development-oriented projects and also gain insights about development work. Lawrence is currently undertaking postgraduate research studies on an Australia Awards Scholarship at The University of Sydney, Sydney-Australia. He started his MPhil studies with the Project Management Programme of the School of Civil Engineering in March 2013. His research focuses on the causes of failure of International Development (ID) projects. He is passionate about contributing to the interchange of ideas between academia and industry so that academic research can have practical outcomes. His aim is to contribute in helping the developing world adopt good managerial practices in the delivery of development projects.


Lorraine Bowan
University of NSW
Interests: National Human Rights Institutions, Human Rights Law, human rights courts and cases, Judicial Corruption, Polygamy, Child Trafficking Rights to Fair Trial, and Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Lorraine has completed an internship in Sierra Leone and three in Ghana, the last two being with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in Accra. She has been an observer in the High Court, Human Rights Division, and has an interest in further work in this field. She has a Masters in Human Rights law and Policy (University of New South Wales) and is currently a candidate for the Jurs Doctor, UNSW.

Ghana, Sierra Leone

Mignonne Breier
University of Cape Town
Interests: My research is on Higher Education, in South Africa primarily, although I am currently involved in a collaborative project with colleagues from Universities of Pretoria and Sydney,funded by the Australia-African Universities Network, which involves comparisons between South Africa and Australia. I have worked as a researcher at the University of the Western Cape and the Human Sciences Research Council and am currently in researcher development at the University of Cape Town. In this regard, I have links with Kenya and Rwanda. I also do historical research and have a particular interest in the African National Congress's Defiance Campaign in 1952 and events at the time in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa

Tim Budge
Deakin University
Interests: Tim is a PhD candidate at Deakin University in Melbourne. His research focuses on the informal settlements in Southern Africa and their capacity for self-mobilisation and community organising.

Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Dr Jean Burke
Australian Catholic university
Interests: Interests: Social work lecturer and Swahili translator with a focus on East Africa. PhD in community development and HIV with special focus on mothers with HIV and infant feeding. Current work looks at human rights and interventions to support Tanzanians with albinism, and Swahili-speaking communities in Australia, with particular focus on their interpreting and translation needs.


Edgar Manuel Cambaza
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique
Interests: I research on food science, technology, safety, security, nutrition and health in Mozambique, especially Maputo City.


Vimbai Chibango
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Interests: HIV/AIDS, maternal and child Health, ageing and sexual and reproductive health.


Dr Julie Cliff
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique
Interests: Public health, health policy, communicable disease control and prevention, cassava-related diseases


Paul Cocks
Loyola College
Interests: The history of social anthropology in southern Africa with a particular focus on Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland and South Africa

Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, South Africa

Claire Cooke
University of Western Australia
Interests: Claire Cooke is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia in the History Department. Her PhD in Gender Studies was conferred in March 2016.

South Africa, Africans Worldwide

Dr Graeme Counsel
University of Melbourne,
Interests: Culture, History, Politics, Music. Dr Counsel's research examines music as an expression of cultural identity, nationalism, and political struggle. His publications examine the nexus between African politics and the arts, and explore the ways in which cultural policies shape cultural expression. His recent applied research projects have been funded by the British Library and have provided the basis for publications on topics including music and coups, research resources in Africa, and archives in Africa. Dr Counsel has extensive fieldwork experience in West Africa and has worked closely with government ministries in Guinea, Mali, Senegal and The Gambia. He has coordinated archival, preservation and digitisation projects at national archives, radio stations, and libraries. His cultural preservation projects at Radio Télévision Guinée were exhibited at Guinea's National Museum, and among his grants are three Major Research Project Awards through the British Library's Endangered Archives Programme. Dr Counsel teaches at the University of Melbourne in the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts & the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Faculty of Arts.

Guinea, Mali, Africans Worldwide

Barry Craig
South Australian Museum
Interests: Currently pursuing digitisation of museum collections (see and Managing digitisation of African collections currently held in museums in Australia and New Zealand, following on from the photographing project initiated by David Dorward in the 1990s.

Dr Robert Cumming
University of Sydney

Elizabeth Daley
Mokoro Ltd (UK)
Interests: Land tenure expert, mainly focused on countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Practical, policy and research experience on land grabs and large-scale agricultural investment, women’s rights to land, customary tenure, and land registration and systematic titling/tenure regularisation. Recent work on gendered aspects of land grabs and on gender and the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests.

Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique, Uganda, Nigeria, South Sudan

Esther Desiadenyo Dogbe
La Trobe University
Interests: The field of linguistics has always endeared me to it. It’s interdisciplinary nature, ability to encourage diversity and its knack to challenge one to critically delve into language issues make it more so. Over time, I have come to know how delicate language is and the exigency with which documentation works should be encouraged and further enhanced. This largely informs my PhD thesis on the grammar of Dompo, a highly endangered language spoken in the North-Western part of Ghana. I am a second year student at La Trobe University, working on writing a descriptive grammar of this language.. This would be the first detailed work on the language and I believe this grammar would empower the speakers and go a long way in building their confidence towards revitalizing it. The process has already started but we still have a long way to go but we are poised to get to the finish line.


Matthew Doherty

DR Congo

Dr. Bina Fernandez
The University of Melbourne
Bina Fernandez
Interests: Bina Fernandez is Lecturer in Development Studies in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and is currently an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2015-18). Previously, she held positions as Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Leeds, Associate Lecturer at the University of Oxford-Brookes, and Tutor at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, and the University of Oxford. Bina completed her PhD and MPhil degrees at the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Social Work (Urban and Rural Community Development) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, USA. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious UNDP Human Development Fellowship for the Asia Pacific. Bina has a professional background in the development sector, where she has worked extensively with international NGOs, community organisations and governments in multiple countries. Her professional roles have included project management, as well as research and evaluation consultancies. Bina’s research focuses on gender and social policies, draws on her professional experience, and aims to be relevant to policy practice. Her book Transformative Policy for Poor Women: a new feminist framework (Ashgate, 2012) presents an innovative new feminist framework for the analysis of policy in developing countries, and has been welcomed by reviewers as an important contribution to the analysis of the gap between well-intentioned, gender-sensitive policies and their often inadequate implementation. Research interests in Africa Bina’s research interests in Africa are broadly on the contemporary politics of migrations within the continent. Her current research for the DECRA fellowship focuses on focuses on the responsiveness of social policies to the care needs and practices of Ethiopian migrants in Australia and Lebanon. The aim is to examine issues of care (child care, elder care, and care for chronically ill and disabled people) across migrant statuses (asylum seeker, permanently resettled refugee and temporary contract migrant worker) in diverse social policy regimes (Australia, Lebanon and Ethiopia). This research draws on her previous work on the migration of Ethiopian women as domestic workers to countries in the Middle East.

Ethiopia, Africans in Australia, Africans Worldwide

Associate Professor Farida Fozdar
Anthropology and Sociology University of Western Australia
Interests: Farida Fozdar is Associate Professor in Anthropology and Sociology, at The University of Western Australia, currently working on an ARC Future Fellowship exploring national, transnational and postnational identities. Her research focuses on race relations and migration settlement issues, racism, citizenship and nationalism, and issues to do with refugees and asylum seekers. She has published widely including 3 books, 15 book chapters and more than 45 journal articles, as well as authoring reports to government and research consultancies. Her work has identified a range of issues for African-background refugees settling in Australia including employment, mental health, housing and racism.

Africans in Australia

Gashahun Fura
University of Melbourne


Elizabeth Gardiner
Victoria University
Interests: I am currently writing a Minor Thesis as the final part of a Masters of International Community Development at Victoria University. I am investigating "Dinka Refugees and Settlement Success". For the past 15 years I have been working in the community with East African refugees, especially the South Sudanese. I have also sponsored 9 Dinka refugees to come to Melbourne and assisted with their settlement. I am fascinated to be studying the mix of success with settlement and the influence of the Dinka culture in settlement.

South Sudan, Africans in Australia

Ms Elizabeth Gardiner
Victoria University
Interests: Currently writing a Masters Thesis for the College of Arts, International Community Development, Victoria University, Melbourne. This will add to my 30 years of experience working with East African and South Sudanese refugees in Melbourne.

Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan

Dr Vivian Gerrand
Deakin University
Interests: I am a researcher with interests in the areas of migrant displacement, belonging, mobility, image-making and representation. My current research builds on my long term research with Somalis living in the diaspora and pursues two further areas of inquiry: re-imagined citizenship and building resilience to violent extremism. Africans in Australia, Africans in other parts of the world.


Lydia Gitau
University of Sydney, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Interests: Psychosocial interventions and peacebuilding in post-conflict situations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Examining the relationship between what happens at the individual and community level, and what happens at the national and international level, in peacebuilding processes. Current PhD thesis on the link between interventions for trauma survivors and peacebuilding in South Sudan.

Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda

Nicholas Kariuki Githuku
West Virginia University, Department of History (USA)
Interests: PhD Candidate(December 2013) specializing in postcolonial Kenyan political history inspired by the Post-Election Violence in Kenya in 2007/8 building on a conflict analysis paper written for the International Rotary Peace & Conflict Studies Program at Chulalongkorn: “What Ails Kenya?” (2008). My research focuses on the Mau Mau War as the crucible of the Kenyan state. It traces the evolution of various relics of colonial ideologies since independence, the politics of identity and numbers in contemporary Kenya. Broadly, my research interests include: War & Peace Studies in general; Conflict and Security and Mediation and trends in the Great Lakes and the Horn Regions of Africa; Memorialization of War; Development studies (Sub-Saharan Africa): Postcolonial/Contemporary Kenyan Politics; First and Second World Wars (in Africa); and Eastern Europe (1900-present).

Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania

Emer. Prof. Gareth Griffiths
University of Western Australia (Emeritus Professor), University of Wollongong (Professorial Fellow)
Interests: African Literatures in English, and Mission history in Africa. Current Research on the history of early indigenous Christians in Africa and the texts they produced; the interrelationship of gender and race discrimination in apartheid South Africa in the work of South African writer and critic Stephen Gray.

South Africa, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Africans Worldwide

Dr Wendy Harte
Griffith University
Interests: My disciplinary area is human geography. My research foci are African refugee resettlement in Australia, specifically settlement and migration; and vulnerability and resilience of informal settlement (squatter/ slum) communities in South Africa.

South Africa

Associate Professor Geoffrey Hawker
Macquarie University
Interests: The politics of southern Africa, especially South Africa and Zimbabwe, political parties, political succession and public policy

South Africa, Zimbabwe

Dr Kiros Hiruy
University of Tasmania
Interests: Kiros is a Development Anthropologist and Agricultural scientist with an environmental management training. His research interests include global and regional development. community development and empowerment, migration and settlement. As a development practitioner, Kiros has worked with communities, governments and non-governmental organisations in Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific and his experience over the last two decades has spanned from international development, food security, natural resource management, sustainable farming, to environmental and project management, to program evaluation. Kiros is also an experienced program evaluator and a trained practitioner in participatory learning approaches (PLA) and Social Return on Investment (SROI), and he uses anthropological methodologies and participatory approaches in his work. Kiros completed his PhD with the Institute for Regional Development on bottom-up social empowerment and inclusion in African Communities in Australia.

Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Africans in Australia

Lucy Hobgood-Brown
Clay International Partners (a consultancy),,
Interests: International social development consultant who has lived and worked in 9 countries and who specializes in Democratic Republic of Congo and China. Works with marginalised communities on capacity building programmes (livelihood and poverty alleviation projects) Active with Sydney Development Circle, a free collaborative network open to anyone interested in community development and international aid, which also features an Africa Interest Group which meets every 2 months. We are always seeking expert speakers on a range of topics. If interested or if you have suggestions, please email Lucy.

DR Congo, Africans in Australia

Irene Ikafa
University of New England

Ms Alice Judell
University of Sydney postgraduate_research/research_students.shtml
Interests: Alice holds a Bachelor of Arts in Languages from the Université Paris 4 – La Sorbonne in Paris (2008), and a Master's degree by coursework in International Studies from the University of Sydney (2009). In 2011, she graduated from a Master's degree by research in International Relations at the Université Paris 1 – La Sorbonne, with a thesis on international e-waste trafficking. She participated in a major international research project on transnational social movements at the 2011 World Social Forum in Senegal. Alice’s research interests are in the fields of Political Sociology, International Relations, food security, global environmental politics and social movements. Alice is currently doing her PhD on food security, sovereignty and land grabbing.Her thesis aims at exploring the intricate relationships between Chinese state-owned agricultural firms present in the Horn of Africa and local stakeholders in Ethiopia and its border regions with Kenya and South Sudan.

Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan

Christina Kenny
Australian National University
Interests: Christina Kenny works on human rights and development with a focus on colonial histories, gendered citizenship, and gender and sexuality rights in the Global South. She has submitted her doctoral thesis at the ANU, ‘"They would rather have the women who are humbled" – gendered citizenship and embodied rights in post-colonial Kenya’. Grounded in 13 months field work 2012 - 2013, and 2014; and using Kenyan women’s gender and citizenship rights as a focal point, she argues that human rights discourse creates particular kinds of recipients of rights, and often compels these subjects to inhabit their new, human rights based identities in limiting and problematic ways. Her post-doctoral research interests include examining the impacts of transnational rights campaigns on local queer identities, particularly in Kenya and South Africa. Christina has worked with a variety of human rights based organisations in research and policy development in Australia and sub-Saharan Africa including the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Migration and Refugee Review Tribunals, The Australian Govt. Department of the Attorney General; the Women’s Legal Centre (Cape Town) and the South African Human Rights Commission; the British Institute of Eastern Africa, and the Kenya Human Rights Commission.


Mr Mahmoud Khalil
University of Western Australia, Benha University (Egypt)
Interests: Animal & Poultry nutrition, work focus on formulating low cost diets, using alternative ingredients for expensive feedstuffs, improve diets nutritive value, improve growth and Feed conversion efficiency. Current work looks in improving feed conversion efficiency of lupin-based diets with enzymes using Japanese quails as model.


Dr. Nilufa Khanom
Victoria University, Melbourne
Interests: Dr Nilufa is an early career academic, a development practitioner, and a researcher. Currently, she is teaching in the College of Arts, Victoria University, Melbourne. She worked as Lecturer at University of Canberra for 3 years. She has three books and several journal articles published. Nilufa has been awarded with an Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) Research Grants, by the University of New South Wales in Canberra (ADFA) in 2015. She received the Golden Key International Honour Society Membership Award for outstanding academic achievement at the University of Canberra in 2012. She is awarded an Australian Leadership Award (ALA) Scholarship in 2007 and an Australian Development Scholarship in 2000. She has consultancy experiences with several international projects. Nilufa attended in several prestigious international conferences in UK, Switzerland, Malaysia, China, Japan, Bangladesh and Australia.

Ms Bibianah Munanie Kivito
University of Queensland - Gatton Campus
Interests: specialist in horticulture mainly doing extension work and currently pursuing Masters in Agribusiness. Proposed research area on adoption of Amaranth as a food and nutrition security crop in Kenya.


Doorumun Jacob Kuusu
Charles Sturt University
Interests: Jacob holds a Bachelor of Agriculture Degree in Animal Production from the University of Agriculture Makurdi in North Central Nigeria. Upon graduation, he worked with the Benue State Teaching Service board as an education officer before joining the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development as a Livestock Development officer in 2010. Jacob is currently undertaking a postgraduate research studies on Australian Award Scholarship at Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. He has a passion for Animal Breeding and Genetics and is currently conducting research on the effect of Biserrula pelecinus, a pasture legume on multiple births in sheep.


Assoc. Prof. Chris Laming
Monash University Gippsland
Interests: The Badilika Project for incarcerated sex offenders (, in Mombasa, Kenya, under the auspice of Coast Women in Development (CWID) and Pwani GBV Network.


Dr Kiprono Langat
Charles Sturt University
Interests: Teaching for and with diversity in global context. Special focus on multicultural pedagogies, refugee studies, and literacies for learning. Current work explores pathways that would enable successful transition of students from refugee backgrounds from secondary school into tertiary study. Another project examines the concept of ‘difficult knowledge’, that is, how are teachers dealing with the historical changing conditions of their workplace? How and in what ways are issues of increasing cultural diversity, identity, teaching students with traumatic life experience, racism, etc been dealt with in current mainstream classrooms in regional Australian schools and in Kenya?


Anne Le Guinio
Interests: PhD, UQ, 2013. "Literary Canonicity and Postcolonial Writings: The Discursive Problematic of Emerging Fields". "Canonicité littéraire et écritures postcoloniales: problématique de légitimité discursive des champs émergents," Edilivre, Saint-Denis, 2015


Wendy Levy
Interests: Journalist, communications specialist with long-term experience in Sudan, South Sudan. My doctorate explored delivery of services in conflict and post-conflict areas of these two countries, my Masters looked at civil identity and conflict there.

Sudan, South Sudan

Mr Tony Lewis

Emeritus Associate Professor Peter Limb
Michigan State University, emeritus (ex-UWA)
Interests: Peter Limb is emeritus Associate Professor in African History, University Distinguished Faculty and Africana Bibliographer at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia, where he co-organised the 1999 AFSAAP conference with Cherry Gerzel. He is interested in all parts of Africa across the disciplines, but much of his research has focused on South African political and intellectual history. He has published widely on African history, politics, journalism, digitization, archives and ethics, as well as Australian/New Zealand anti-apartheid movements. His books include: The People’s Paper: A Centenary History & Anthology of Abantu-Batho (2012), Autobiography & Selected Works of A.B. Xuma (2012), A Shared History: The ALP, the ANC & the Australian Anti-Apartheid Movement (2012), The ANC’s Early Years (2010), Grappling with the Beast: Indigenous South(ern) African Responses to Colonialism, 1840–1930 (2010) and Nelson Mandela (2008). He served on the Herskovits Award committee for the best book in African studies, co-chaired the Association of Concerned African Scholars and coordinated the African Activist Archives. He was a co-founder of ASCWA in Perth. He serves on editorial boards including Review of African Political Economy, Oxford Online Encyclopedia of African History, Safundi and Historia. Current research includes books on black politics in the Free State and African cartooning. Dr. Limb is a Research Fellow at the African Studies Centre, University of the Free State. In 1995 he was a co-founder of the H-Africa. Since 2008 he has co-hosted the popular scholarly podcast series ‘Africa Past & Present’ (

South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia

Ms Ibolya Losoncz
Australian National University
Interests: PhD candidate specialising on resettlement of South Sudanese humanitarian migrants. Work focuses on economic and social inclusion and relationship with regulatory authorities and government agencies.

South Sudan

Associate Professor Kristen Lyons
University of Queensland
Interests: Associate Professor Kristen Lyons has over twenty years experience in research, teaching and service that delivers national and international impacts on issues that sit at the intersection of sustainability and development. Trained as a sociologist, Kristen often working in transdisciplinary teams to deliver socially just outcomes, including for some of the world's most vulnerable communities. Kristen works regularly in Uganda, Solomon Islands and Australia. Kristen is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Oakland Institute.

Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Mali

Dr. Tanya Lyons
Flinders University
Interests: Australian Foreign Policy toward Africa; gender and war in Africa; Zimbabwean history and politics; teaching African studies.

Africans in Australia, Africans Worldwide, Rwanda, Zimbabwe

Dr Catherine MacDonald
University of Western Australia
Interests: Dr Catherine MacDonald is an expert on the social impacts of mining in Africa, and has provided social impact/community development advice to extractive industries projects in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Tanzania, as well as Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and PNG. Dr Macdonald specialises in encouraging community participation in sustainable local development planning and pioneered adapting Participatory Rural Assessment (PRA) methods into extractive industry community development processes, initially in Tanzania in 1999. She completed her doctorate on social change among woman-headed households in Tanzania in 1996, demonstrating her longstanding sensitivity to the importance of gender in human development. Catherine has regularly undertaken research and field work in Africa for two decades. Catherine has a number of publications on socially responsible mining practices, including the Framework for Socially Responsible Mining in Developing Countries, commissioned by the Australian Department of Resources, Energy & Tourism (DRET) in 2011. She was lead author of the 2005 World Bank/ICMM Community Development Toolkit, and worked on the revised version released in 2012. Catherine is currently revising the Community Engagement and Development Handbook for the Australian Department of Industry (which includes mining). Dr Macdonald was the Gender and Social Impacts Expert in the Design Team for the AusAID Australia Mongolia Extractives Program (2013) and the Mining and Communities Expert in the Design Team for the Australian Government African Extractives for Growth Facility (2014). She speaks Kiswahili, French, Malay (Indonesian), Dutch and Sinhala.

Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Tanzania

Dr Sara Maher
Monash University
Interests: Sara is a criminologist who often works with the South Sudanese Australian community in Melbourne. Her research is grounded in a previous career in settlement and community development. Other research interests include oral histories of conflict and forced migration, diaspora women and their relationships with their homeland and the connections between pre-migration trauma, belonging and social inclusion.


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Charlotte Mertens
University of Melbourne
Interests: Charlotte Mertens is a PhD candidate at the university of Melbourne. She researches the framing of sexual violence within the discourse of the United Nations and how this is translated on the ground in the context of the armed conflict in eastern DRC. Additionally, she conducts research into the local conflict dynamics that cause war-time rape. She completed her fieldwork in eastern DRC (Sept-Oct 2012).

Rwanda, DR Congo

Assistant Professor David Mickler
University of Western Australia
Interests: Australian Foreign Policy toward Africa,


Okhala Muacanhia
Curtin University
Interests: GIS expert that is aiming to carry out studies on spatial analysis in different aspects of Mozambique. Having geology background, I'm interested in do some studies applying geology, remote sensing and any spatial analysis tool in order to give some contributions to the country.


Alfred Mupenzi
Western Sydney University
Interests: Originally from Rwanda, Alfred was born and raised to refugee parents in Uganda. Alfred went to school in Uganda. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and Management (MAPAM) of Makerere University - Uganda, Bachelor of Arts with Education (BA- Education) of Makerere University - Uganda. Alfred has finished his Doctor of Philosophy - Education at Western Sydney University - Australia. His major research areas include: Diversity, migration and trans-nationalism, race and racism, post colonialism, narrative inquiry and resilience.

Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia

Dr Lillian Mwanri
Flinders University
Interests: Dr Mwanri is a Public Health Physician and has interest in a wide range of public health issues. In addition to her academic role at Flinders University, she has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse migrants in Australia to address various health issues including poor dietary patterns and physical inactivity. Her experience and interest in migration and public health medicine has led to research activity in healthy ageing, adaptation to climate change and other health and social issues in CALD migrants. She has close collaborations with many CALD communities and organisations across Australia and has worked in the government institutions including SA Health. Her interest in Global health resulted in bringing 33 fellows from East Africa to build capacity and enhance the global implementation of Millennium Development Goals to improve maternal health outcomes and child survival.


Camille Nakhid
Auckland University of Technology

Dr Joel Negin
University of Sydney
Interests: Development and public health academic with long experience working across sub-Saharan Africa. Focus on Australian aid and development policy in Africa. Has researched intersection between health, agriculture and nutrition and various aspects of HIV – especially the ageing of the epidemic. Has worked in Rwanda, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mali and Senegal.

Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe

Dr Michael Nest
Interests: Dr Nest specialises in accountability and transparency work in the public sector, including research about corruption, corruption prevention and its causes. Consultancy work has focused on Ghana and the Great Lakes in Africa, as well as Australia, East Timor and Kyrgyzstan.

DR Congo, Rwanda

Mimmie Claudine Ngum Chi Watts
Victoria University, Melbourne Australia
Interests: Dr Ngum Chi Watts is a Lecturer in Community Health, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University, Melbourne Australia. Is the Victorian State Representative for International Health SIG, for the Public Health Association of Australia. Areas of interests with expertise: International Health; Health of Minority and Disadvantaged Women; Gender inequalities; Advocacy; Health policy; Research and Curriculum Development, Health and Diversity; Social Inclusion; Sexual Health; Refugee Health; Migrant Women's Health; Adolescent and Child Health; Chronic Diseases Management Professional Affiliations: Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA); Australian Health Professionals Registration Authority (AHPRA)

Cameroon, South Sudan, Africans in Australia

Jane Njaramba
James Cook University-Cairns
Interests: I am Jane Njaramba, a PhD candidate at James Cook University, Cairns campus, Queensland. My research interest is on lived experiences of Migrant African Australian women entrepreneurs in North Queensland, Australia.

Zoe Nutter
Sydney Law School, University of Sydney,
Interests: Work/research experience: Development in Action, which features analytical pieces regarding current events and trends in international development -; Bretton Woods Project, which provides a platform for critical voices of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.


Margaret O'Callaghan
Australian National University
Interests: Margaret O’Callaghan, now a Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School, ANU, served as UNFPA Representative to Zambia for seven years and has subsequently maintained close links and followed the Zambian and other southern Africa news. She is currently in the process of completing a four year study into the socio-economic impact of the 2002+ mining boom in North Western province, Zambia, including producing a (relatively) short summary and a large manuscript which describe and discuss its impact on government (national and local), the Chiefs and their local communities and businesses, the impact of the influx from outside the province and the way in which the mining companies acted and responded. Other products of the research include a table of subjects which would benefit from being researched in more detail, a general (largely) annotated bibliography going back to the early 1900s and a separate one on land use related aspects, including bee keeping, agriculture, fishing and forestry.


Babatunde Obamamoye
Australian National University
Interests: Babatunde Obamamoye commenced his doctoral studies in the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia and the Pacific in June 2018. His research seeks to interrogate how the new security threat of violent Islamist extremism has shaped the politics of, and approach to, regional security governance in West Africa. Specifically, his dissertation sets to theoretically deconstruct the impact of violent Islamist extremism on the contemporary regional arrangements and cooperation designed to deal with security instability in the West Africa sub-region. A scholarly discourse like this is imperative, putting into consideration how the phenomenon of Islamist fundamentalism has altered the contours of political violence – in terms of conflict drivers, actors, incentives, targets and geographical coverage – across many spaces in the region. Babatunde, who is currently on study leave, is an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He holds Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) degrees in International Relations from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He has authored a number of refereed articles, including most recently ‘Counter-Terrorism, Multinational Joint Task Force and the Missing Components’. His current research interests centre on regional security complexes, regional security governance and trans-border terrorist violence.

Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria

Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli
Deakin University
Interests: Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Her primary areas of interest are cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity and family diversity. Maria is also a Founding Member of AGMC Inc. (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council), and a member of the Victoria Police LGBTIQ and Multicultural Priorities Communities Divisions. She is also a member of the Dept of Health and Human Services LGBTI Working Group. Her books include Someone You Know (Australia’s first AIDS biography); and two collections of young people’s voices, writing and art called Girls Talk and Boys Stuff (with Wayne Martino). The two following research-based books, So What’s a Boy: Addressing Issues of Masculinity and Schooling; and Being Normal Is the Only Way to Be: Adolescent Perspectives on Gender and Schooling were also written with Wayne Martino. Maria has also edited The Politics of Recognition and Social Justice: Transforming Subjectivities and New Forms of Resistance (co-edited with Bob Pease); Queerying Families of Origin (co-edited with Chiara Bertone); and Bisexuality in Education: Erasure, Exclusion by Inclusion and the Absence of Intersectionality (winner of a US Bisexual Book Award, 2016). Maria’s other books are When Our Children Come Out: How to Support Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Young People; Tapestry: Five Generations of Women in One Italian Family; and Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools (a recipient of a Lambda Literary Award, 2011). Her first novel, Love You Two, was co-winner of a 2010 Lambda Literary Award. Her most recent publication is Women in Relationships With Bisexual Men: Bi Men By Women and her current research is with Aboriginal people with Southern European heritage, exploring the contestations and connections between colonialism, racism and multiculturalism.

Dr Melissa Phillips
University of Melbourne
Interests: Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne (School of Social and Political Sciences) and Non-resident Fellow at New York University (Center for International Cooperation). Advisor for International Detention Coalition and Urban Refugees and Assistant Editor, Journal of Intercultural Studies. Researcher with over 15 years experience working on issues related to refugees, asylum-seekers and mixed migration in the Middle East, Australia, the United Kingdom, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Libya. Primary research interests are migration, transit migration, refugees/migrants, diaspora and multiculturalism. Published widely in academic outlets (journals, book chapters, co-authored book) and open access sites (The Conversation, Guardian, IRIN news).

Dr Melissa Phillips
University of Melbourne
Interests: Melissa Phillips has a PhD from the University of Melbourne which was completed as part of an ARC project on Visible Migrants and Refugees in Regional and Rural Australia. Melissa also has a BA (Hons) from UNSW and a Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology and Development from Macquarie University. She also has over 15 years experience working with the UN and NGOs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya and South Sudan. Her work in Australia includes advocacy and policy work on refugee/asylum issues. Melissa has published articles on migration, South Sudan and the role of diasporas. She is co-author of Becoming Australian: Migration, Settlement, Citizenship (MUP, 2014). Her research interests are: migration and displacement in the Horn of Africa; migrant and refugee settlement in Australia; labeling and identities of African-Australians and the role of transnational diasporas on foreign policy.

Libya, South Sudan

Mr Nikola Pijovic
Australian National University
Interests: MA in International Relations, focusing on Somalia and Somaliland’s state secession. Currently undertaking PhD in Political Science examining Australian Foreign Policy towards Sub-Saharan Africa.


Prof. Kofi Poku Quan-Baffour
University of South Africa, Pretoria,
Interests: My research interest is on adult & youth education for development through indigenous knowledge systems. My research themes in adult education are: non-formal education, basic education, African indigenous education, indigenous knowledge systems, folklore, prison education, human trafficking, women & development. Current research project: exploring the integration of indigenous knowledge system into school curriculum to meet the socio-economic needs and aspirations of Africa today.

South Africa, Ghana

Ms Catherine Sakala
University of Melbourne, School of Land and Environment
Interests: Working under Tsetse and Trypanosomosis control in Zambia. Trypanosomosis being a zoonotic disease or disease transferable between Humans and animals. I work with odour baited targets as barriers against tsetse flies among other tsetse control methods. Currently a masters’ student doing a master of agriculture science with a focus on mitigation of climate change for sustainable agriculture. Staying true to my entomology background I will be looking at effect of climate change on disease prevalence transmitted by Tsetse flies.


Rene Sephton
RMIT University
Interests: Rene is a PhD candidate in the school of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne. Her research is focused on the Búmùntù paradigm and its relevance as a local resource for peace in the DRC. She completed her fieldwork in Kamina, Haut-Lomami Province of DRC in 2014-2015. Broad research interests include: DRC, Violence and Peace, Collective Memory and Trauma, Colonial History, Indigenous Knowledges.

DR Congo

Ana Rita Sousa Sequeira
ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) - Portugal; Murdoch University
Interests: Malaria, health policy, health care providers’ relationship, medical anthropology, extractive industries and their legacies.


Sabrina Smith
Interests: Co-Founder and Director of The Mustard Seed Institute, an independent Think Tank operating in the Great Lakes region of Africa - Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern DR Congo. Headquarters based in Kigali, Rwanda. Our mission is to facilitate local discussions and debates, produce innovative research reports and inspire public policy on contemporary social, economic and political issues in the Great Lakes region of Africa. We create forums where local people can generate their own solutions and remedies to the issues confronting their societies. Our mandate is to challenge the status quo and go beyond charitable giving toward real societal change.

DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi

Leighann Spencer
Charles Sturt University
Interests: Vigilantism, identity, conflict, and police/state accountability in Africa and Turkey. She has written extensively on these topics, namely for The Conversation, African Arguments, Vocal Europe, and Platform for Peace and Justice. In 2015, she worked with Ndifuna Ukwazi on anti-vigilantism initiatives and police accountability in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. This led to solo research in 2016 on the role of identity and territory in vigilantism and state complicity in Khayelitsha. She is now undertaking a PhD in Justice Studies, looking at this phenomenon in Nigeria and Kenya.

Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa

Dr Moyra Sweetnam Evans
University of Otago
Interests: Language attitudes, multilingualism, multiculturalism and language policy in South Africa.

South Africa

Mr Pickmore Parson S. G. Swira
Curtin University, Bentley Campus, School of Public Health
Interests: Interest in SADC region, especially Malawi, and the rest of Sub-saharan Africa in issues of public health and primary health care especially in the area of maternal and child health. Promotion of safe childbearing and child survival which is disproportionately becoming very risky in resource poor settings of sub-Saharan Africa amidst a myriad of challenges.

Malawi, Zambia, Botswana

Zafu Assefa Tereri
Curtin University
Interests: Zafu Assefa Teferi is a PhD candidate at Curtin University. His research interest lies on sustainable urbanization and sustainable housing transformation in Africa. His current PhD thesis focuses on sustainable improvement of slum housing in Africa: with particular focus in Ethiopia. The thesis evaluates the ability of the Sustainable Development Goals to provide an integrated framework for slum improvement in Africa.

Ethiopia, Kenya

Dr Judith Thomas
Interests: Judith Thomas holds a doctorate on the learning experiences of refugee secondary students and has taught secondary trainee teachers of EALD (English as an Additional Language/Dialect) and language students at the tertiary level. Her experience also covers a strong international background at both the secondary and tertiary levels. Judith is a dedicated educator and is passionate about helping students achieve success regardless of ability and background. Judith also has an interest in Africans in Australia. Her academic qualifications are as follows: BA (Melb); Grad Dip Teaching (Sec) (TCAE); M.Litt (UNE); M.ED (TESOL) (Deakin); PhD (Adel)


Dr Alec Thornton
UNSW Canberra
Interests: Sustainable development, urban agriculture and critical social theory.

Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia

Kudakwashe Tuwe
Auckland University of Technology
Interests: Kudakwashe Tuwe is originally from Zimbabwe and is currently employed as Programme Manager- African Communities with the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF). Tuwe is currently a PhD student with Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Zimbabwe, Africans Worldwide

Dr Nesrin Varol
University of Sydney, Macquarie University

Ethiopia, Kenya

Assoc. Prof. Karen von Veh
University of Johannesburg, Department of Visual Art
Interests: Karen is an Associate Professor of Art History and currently Head of Department of Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg. She is a past president ex officio of SAVAH (the South African Visual Arts Historians Association). Her research area is in gender studies, transgressive religious iconography and contemporary South African Art. She has written and co-written 2 books on South African artist Diane Victor. She has also written many journal articles, book chapters and catalogue essays on other South African artists within the framework of gender studies or religious iconography.

South Africa

Dr Peter Wakholi
Education Department of Western Australia
Interests: Schooling experience of ethnically minority students; Multicultural Education; Negotiating cultural identity through the arts; Intersections between cultural memory, creative arts and emotional well-being; Parenting between cultures, and Community development of new migrant communities.

Africans in Australia, Africans Worldwide

Mr Sam Wilkins
institute of Postcolonial Studies
Interests: Politics and society in East Africa and Zimbabwe. Specific research projects include the contemporary politics of President Museveni's NRM government in Uganda (particularly since the 2011 election); the history and theory of electoral violence in Kenya, including the post election violence of 2007-08; and youth politics, heroism and violence in the high density townships of Harare Zimbabwe.

Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe

Associate Professor Jane Wilkinson
Monash University
Interests: Jane Wilkinson is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Faculty of Education, Monash University and Associate Dean, Graduate Research. Jane's research and teaching interests are in educational leadership for social justice and refugee education in schools and higher education. Jane’s new book is entitled, "Refugee background students transitioning into higher education: Navigating complex spaces" (forthcoming with Naidoo, Adoniou and Langat; Singapore: Springer). Jane is lead editor (with Jeffrey S. Brooks) of the Journal of Educational Administration and History.

Africans in Australia

Prof. Denise Wood
University of South Australia, University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
Interests: PhD (Education); Master Design; Master Educational Technology; BA & Post Grad Dip in Social Work & Social Policy. Associate Head of School and researcher, School of Communication, International Studies & Languages, UniSA, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Her research focuses on the use of accessible information and communication technologies (ICTs) to increase social participation and improve learning outcomes in developing regions, especially peri-urban and remote and rural areas of South Africa. Her teaching and research has been recognised with several awards including an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, a SA Great Award, University teaching excellence and equity awards, and the inaugural 2010 Telstra-TJA Christopher Newell award for Telecommunications and Disability.

South Africa, Uganda

Sampson Addo Yeboah
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Interests: Sampson Addo Yeboah is a Ghanaian, and currently a full-time PhD candidate at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; a build-up on his MPhil education at the University of Bergen Norway. Sampson’s interest is in Development Studies, Childhood and Youth development and Socio-Economic issues in Africa specifically Ghana. He has attended and presented his research on rural formal education in Africa at many international conferences such as Nordic Development Researchers Conference 2015 Gothenburg, Sweden and European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) 2015 Paris, France, etc.


Charlotte Young
Australian Catholic University
Interests: I am a PhD candidate at the Centre for Health and Social Research, Australian Catholic University. My study explores the perceptions of mental health among sub-Saharan African refugees residing in Australia. This primary research will inform the second phase of my research, a social intervention that seeks to improve mental health outcomes for sub-Saharan African refugees residing in Victoria, Australia.

Africans in Australia

Professor Daniel Zirker
University of Waikato
Interests: Bio: University of Idaho, 1985-1998, Professor of Political Science Montana State University Billings, 1998-2004, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science 1989-90, Senior Lecturer, University of Dar es Salaam University of Waikato, 2004-present, Professor of Political Science. Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, 2004-2011.

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Dr Edson Ziso
The University of Adelaide
Interests: Ziso's main research focuses on Australasia-Africa relations, South-South cooperation, global governance, Zimbabwean politics, international public policy, migration as well as the political economy of Africa.

Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, South Africa