The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) is a national network of academics, students, consultants, activists, diplomats, artists, community leaders, and others who share a mutual interest in the promotion of African Studies in Australasia and the Pacific region.
We have a wide range of expertise from across the African continent. Contacts and expertise areas are grouped below in regions.
If you are an AFSAAP member and would like your profile here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adjoa is a graduate of the Bachelor of International Studies/Laws (Honours I) and Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking at Western Sydney University. She founded the first Africa-focused student society at Western Sydney University, the African-Australian Youth Collective. Adjoa’s research interests relate to Sub-Saharan Africa, with a personal interest in Ghana, and cover international criminal law, decolonial thinking and socio-cultural, legal and political issues in the region.Hide Bio
My work centers on conflict, forced displacement, cities, and humanitarian crises. My areas of expertise are East and Sahelian Africa (in particular, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda). I was formerly the President of AFSAAP and President of the Sudan Studies Association in the USA.Hide Bio
I currently work for the University of South Australia Research Office. Prior to that, I worked as Senior Policy Officer for the Australian Department of Home Affairs (2010-2019). Prior to that, I worked for Flinders University of South Australia Research Office and tutored in refugee law and human rights law. I am a decolonial scholar and the author of ‘Borders recolonised – the impacts of the EU externalisation policy in Africa’ (2021). My area of expertise are: African studies, legal theory, decolonial studies, refugee & migration studies, human rights, and democracy.Hide Bio
Dr Valentine is the Campus Dean at the Australian Catholic University. She holds a doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership, a Master’s degree in International Business Administration, and Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration. Valentine’s expertise is in university-community engagement and has worked extensively in designing and delivering service-learning curriculum in higher education institutions in Australia, USA, Canada, and Kenya.Hide Bio
Associate Professor Finex Ndhlovu is South African by heritage, Zimbabwean by birth and Australian by choice. His research interests sit at the cutting edge of contemporary linguistic and socio-cultural theories around language, identity and sociality in relation to transnational African migrant and diaspora communities; educational linguistics; epistemologies of the South, Indigenous traditions of knowing and decolonial theories.Hide Bio
A historian, a sociologist, a demographer, a human rights advocate, a femocrat, an aid bureaucrat, a diplomat (High Commissioner to Zambia and Malawi, Ambassador to Angola) and now is that rare creature: a Professor of Peace Studies.Hide Bio
My work centers on conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and political/humanitarian crisis. My areas of expertise are East Africa (Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda) and West Africa (Liberia and Sierra Leone).Hide Bio
I worked for AusAID and the UN for 20 years. I have published on Gender and HIV, women in politics, and colonial travel in Africa. More recently I published a book on the impact of mining in Zambia as well as articles on mining conferences, research issues, and the Zambian elections. I have been an Associate of the Southern Africa Institute of Policy and research and a visiting Fellow at Crawford School, ANU.
Expertise: Mining impact, gender, HIV.
Matthew A.M. Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Education and Sociology of Education at the University of Sydney. His research examines educational policies, pedagogical practices, and teacher and higher education. He has extensive experience partnering with colleagues and institutions involved in educational research and practice in Tanzania and Zambia.Hide Bio
Olamide Shittu is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne University of Technology. Previously a Management Scholar at Lagos Business School, Nigeria, he also consulted for Oxford Policy Management Limited. Olamide’s research interests include circular economy, plastic consumption, waste management, sustainability transitions, social practices and development studies.Hide Bio
An Early Career Researcher with an interest in energy transitions in Africa. I am particularly interested in the implications of the continent’s turn towards off-grid solar as a solution to energy poverty. My PhD research explored issues of energy justice in Malawi’s off-grid solar market.