Mrs Malmouna Abass Luangala
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..
Mr Frank Akampa
University of Kabale
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
Dr. Samantha Balaton-Chrimes
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.
Dr Noah Bassil
Macquarie University, Deptartment of Modern History, Politics and International Relations
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.
Lawrence G. BOAKYE
The University of Sydney
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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.
University of New South Wales
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. Currently a candidate for the Masters in Human Rights law and Policy at the Law School, University of New South Wales.
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.
Dr Julie Cliff
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique
Interests: Public health, health policy, communicable disease control and prevention, cassava-related diseases
Interests: The history of social anthropology in southern Africa with a particular focus on Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland and South Africa
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.
Ms Linda Devereux
University of New South Waies, Canberra
Interests: Linda is currently completing doctoral work on transnational childhoods and the intergenerational effects of violence with a focus on the DRC. She has interviewed survivors of the Stanlyeville (Kisangani) hostage situation in 1964 with a view to identifying factors that helped survivors develop resilience. Linda has published papers relating to her work on issues such as media representations of violence, memory, trauma and the intergenerational effects of violence.
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.
Mr 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).
Emeritus Professor Gareth Griffiths
University of Western Australia, Visiting Professorial Fellow, University of Wollongong.
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.
Dr Wendy Harte
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.
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.
Associate Professor Paul Huddleston
University of Western Australia, School of Earth and Environment
Interests: Interests: Mining and Regional Development; Regional & Area Development; Rural & Agricultural Development; Farming Systems & Contract Farming; Agricultural Marketing & Analysis; Business Joint-Venture Formation; Project Development & Management ; and, Project Monitoring & Evaluation. Broad sectoral exposure in planning and managing projects in the following sectors: agriculture (farming systems, marketing), water supply (rural: surface and borehole), local and regional development; Business joint venture development, specifically providing economic advice and analytical services to firms establishing business and industrial ventures in developing countries; Provision of advice at the strategic and project levels and at all stages of the program and project cycle, covering both sectoral and country level policy development. Most recent project involved organising and delivering lectures and a study tour for 19 representatives of 6 African and 3 Asian countries under the AusAid funded International Centre for Mining and Development (IM4DC) program being jointly managed by UWA and UQ. Prior to this the most recent assignments included: Head of the Development Sections at the Canadian Embassies in the Philippines and Vietnam with responsibility for the planning and implementation of large sectoral developmental programs;
Ms Alice Judell
University of Sydney
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.
Mr Edson Kamba
Mchinji District Health Office, Government of Malawi
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Interests: Edson.Kamba@uon.edu.au Interest: Control of Chronic Diseases and Injuries and Global Health Systems and Policies.
Dr Obakeng Nickerson Kemolatlhe
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Interests: District Veterinarian working for Department Of Veterinary Services in the Ministry Of Agriculture in Botswana. Interests: Livestock Disease Control in Botswana. Special focus in major diseases that are of zoonotic and economic importance such as FMD and Rabies. Currently working on long-term solutions on FMD control and export of livestock and livestock commodities from FMD control areas in Botswana.
Australian National University
Interests: Gender and sexuality rights, gender based violence, civil and political rights, elections and democracy in modern Kenya. My interdisciplinary doctoral thesis (law, history and anthropology), 'We've agreed to be ruled' - womens' public and private decision making in modern Kenya examines the regulatory and interpersonal dynamics which drive women's choices and behaviours, in both private and public spaces. I focus on sex and sexuality rights, and civil and political rights. I spoke with over 80 women about issues including FGM and sexual and gender based violence, contraception and marriage; as well as perceptions of women's role in public and private live in Kenya, and civic participation and education around the general elections in March 2013. I also monitored the elections with the KHRC.
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.
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.
Associate Professor Chris Laming
Monash University Gippsland
Interests: The Badilika Project for incarcerated sex offenders (http://www.aqcommunication.com/coastwomen/htmreports/Badilika2.html), 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?
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.
School of Social Science, University of Queensland, St Lucia
Interests: Over the last decade I have been engaged in research on the sociology of food, the environment and development in Uganda and Ghana. I have undertaken research on organic agriculture and rural development, including the livelihood impacts of organic exporting, and alternative food networks and community impacts. In recent years I have also been engaged in research on foreign investment, carbon markets and livelihood impacts, with a specific focus on plantation forestry, enclosure and livelihood displacement, as well as local responses and resistance to these new carbon enclosures.
Dr. Tanya Lyons
Interests: Australian Foreign Policy toward Africa; gender and war in Africa; Zimbabwean history and politics; teaching African studies.
Dr. Catherine McDonald
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.
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).
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.
Dr Michael Nest
Independent researcher and consultant
Interests: Dr Nest has expertise in political and social issues around mining. He is the author of 'Coltan', about the changing global supply chain for tantalum, or ‘coltan’, and China’s emerging role in the market for this mineral. Michael recently advised African governments on the new certification mechanism for tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold being established to prevent ‘conflict minerals’ from D.R. Congo entering the supply chain. Dr Nest is also an anti-corruption expert and formerly worked for the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. His first book 'The Democratic Republic of Congo: Economic Dimensions of War and Peace' won a ‘Best Title Award, 2006’ from the American Library Association.
Australian National University
Interests: I formerly worked for AusAID and UNFPA (including in Zambia) and am now a Visiting Fellow in the Resources, Environment and Development in the Crawford School, ANU and an affiliate of the Southern African Institute of Policy and Research, Lusaka. My main focus is on documenting the socio-economic impact of mining on North Western province Zambia over its first decade. My work includes preparation of an annotated bibliography of literature on the NW province and related tables, including one on current and recent research conducted in the province (including mining company environmental impact statements, academic, NGO and international organizational studies and media) and a specialist section on agriculture. I am also compiling various issues papers into a book which will describe the impact of the mining boom from about 2003 on various segments of society, with a focus on the lessons for development practices.
Mrs Melissa Phillips
University of Melbourne
Interests: Migration and displacement with a focus on South Sudan. Research focuses on migrant and refugee settlement in Australia especially as it relates to Australians originating from the countries of Africa. Recent work on labeling and identities of African-Australians and the role of transnational diasporas on foreign policy
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.
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.
Sabrina Joy Smith
Independent researcher and writer
Interests: Legal systems, legal pluralism, security, and the politics of the Great Lakes region, especially the Kivu provinces of DR Congo.
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.
Assoc. Prof. Karen von Veh
University of Johannesburg, Department of Visual Art
Interests: I am an Associate Professor of art history in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. I am the past president ex officio of SAVAH (the South African Visual Arts Historians association) and am on the board of directors of ACASA (Arts Council of the African Studies Association). My research interests include contemporary South African Art, the transgressive use of religious (Christian) iconography in South African art, postcolonial studies and gender studies. I have written several articles in academic journals and chapters in books on these subjects, as well as two monographs on South African artist Diane Victor: Diane Victor: Burning the Candle at Both Ends, 2012 and Taxi 13: Diane Victor, 2008 (co-written with Prof. Elizabeth Rankin from Auckland University).
Dr Peter Wakholi
Department of Education, Western Australia
Interests: Ethnicity and the Arts; sociology of schooling towards bicultural competence of African migrant descendants; Arts festivals as a context for negotiating cultural identity; and cultural policy.
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.
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.