Centre of African Studies Research Associates
Research Associates of CAS are long-term collaborators in the Centre activities, pursuing common programmes of research or other activities with Centre Members. They are granted certain staff privileges at SOAS which are recognised at other London universities. Research associateship is granted for two years in the first instance.
Dr Michael Amoah
Research interests: Dr Michael Amoah specialises in the International Politics of Africa, and has expertise in Foreign Policy Analysis, International Political Economy, African Politics, and Ghana. His publications include "Nationalism, Globalization, and Africa" and "Reconstructing the Nation in Africa". He is also a political analyst on current and international affairs with mainstream international television
Paul is Engagement & Policy Manager at the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), a leading diaspora development organisation, where he leads on diaspora policy and engagement in the EU and Africa, and advises policy-makers on migration and development issues. His background is in research and international development in North Africa and Ethiopia, as well as managing public health services in the UK for vulnerable groups such as street sex-workers and drug addicts. His research interests include diasporas, migration, and development; Islamic models of development; Islamic education and development in North Africa and the Horn; and culture and health.
Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford
Gus Casely-Hayford is a curator and art historian. He is the former Executive Director of Arts Strategy for Arts Council England. He was previously director of inIVA (Institute of International Visual Art), a London-based arts organization with a particular emphasis on international practice, which collaborates with partner venues throughout the UK and worldwide. Prior to this he was director of Africa 05, the largest African arts season ever hosted in Britain. He has worked for television and radio and was the presenter of the BBC 'Lost Kingdoms of Africa' series.
Elsbeth Joyce Court, Subject Lecturer, SOAS IFCELS
Elsbeth Court is a specialist in African art and art education, whose research focuses on eastern Africa, particularly Kenya, and more widely on the growth of modern and contemporary practices of art. Her ongoing projects involve the Akamba carving movement and editing (and up-dating) the volume ‘Artists and Art Education in Africa’ in which African artists address the conditions and complexities of becoming an artist in and out of Africa; her most recent publications are catalogue essays for Peterson Kamwathi (2011, Ed Cross Fine Art) and Edward Njenga (2013, Nairobi National Museum). She drafted and maintains ''Art and Art Education in East Africa_ A Working Bibliography.” Bibliography for Art Education in Kenya, East Africa. (msword; 1445kb) .
Murray Last, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, UCL
Professor Murray Last (Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, UCL). Professor Last's current research programme largely centres around publishing the various materials he and his various Nigerian colleagues have collected on health and social issues in contemporary Kano over the last decade. But the major task is to write up the ethnographic data he has collected over the last thirty years on one large compound of Maguzawa (non-Muslim Hausa) (they have subsequently converted to Islam) in southern Katsina. Meanwhile there is also a work of filial piety to do - putting M G Smith's 1000-page typescripts of Sokoto history onto disk and then into print (funding has been promised). But there are several other projects in mind, such as publishing obscure, short but key documents written in arabic in the 19th century jihadi history and contemporary northern Nigerian society. Professor Last expects to continue visiting northern Nigeria at least once a year.
Dr Roy Love
Dr Love is currently an independent researcher and consultant with long-term interest in Ethiopia and Eritrea. He previously lectured in economics at universities of Botswana, Lesotho and Addis Ababa.
He is conducting a research on the "Economic roots of conflict in the Horn of Africa", for a book which will bring together the interconnectedness of the economic roots of conflict across the Horn, examining how the nature of conflict in the region in the 21st century has been shaped by overlapping domestic and international economic drivers at certain key periods between the late 19th century and the present, with continuing implications for the resolution of contemporary conflict and its amelioration and prevention.
Dr Arkebe Oqubay Metiku
Minister and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia conducting research projects on industrialisation, political economy of infrastructure and development of technological capabilities and economic leadership. Working towards a forthcoming publication: Industrialisation and Development in Africa: Making Industrial Policy Work in Ethiopia.
Dr Trevor Robinson
Dr Trevor Robinson founded his own independent consultancy practice to do 'leading edge' work on institution building, and in particular on public service development and governance; the objective is to work with senior officials and politicians to make worthwhile improvements in delivery of services and formulation of policy. He has worked for large, medium and small consultancies, and in the UK administrative Civil Service. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre; and he is co-convenor of its Africa Business Group, of which he has been a member for some 20 years.
Chair of The Rift Valley Institute, a research and training organisation working in Easterm Africa, and Editor for Anthropology and Africa at the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of numerous reports on regional issues including human rights, famine relief and conflict resolution, and a popular ethnography of the Agar Dinka of South Sudan.