Department of Development Studies

Ms Rama Salla Dieng

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Department of Development Studies Graduate Teaching Assistant
MsC Research for International Development (SOAS)
MA (Science Po Bordeaux- IEP, France)
Maîtrise (Université Montesquieu, Bordeaux, France)
BSc (Université De La Méditerranée Aix France)
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Professor Carlos Oya


Rama’s current doctoral research focuses on the socio-economic impact of some horticultural projects developed in Northern Senegal during what has been dubbed “the land rush”. The thesis investigates their agrarian change implications in the selected areas using a comparative case study approach. Before her PhD at SOAS as a Mo Ibrahim Scholar, Rama also graduated with an MSc Research in International Development from SOAS  as a 2013/2014 Chevening Scholar specializing in Africa. Her MSc thesis focused on The Politics of Policy-making and the Shift from “Poverty Reduction” to “Emergence” in Senegal (1995-2014).

Rama has over 8 years of professional Experience. Before joining SOAS, Rama worked a Research Assistant at the Policy Research Division of the Dakar-based African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) / UN Economic Commission for Africa between 2010 and 2013, and then as a Research Fellow of the same institute between January and May 2015. Between 2015 and 2016, she coordinated the Leverhulme-funded Research Network Afri-Design X involving Universities in the UK and in Africa. In 2009, she joined the Socio-Economic Development Unit of the UNDP Country office of Mauritius and Seychelles for six months in 2009 as a Programme Assistant Intern. Rama also holds a MA in International Cooperation and Development/Risks Management in Developing Countries from Sciences-Po Bordeaux, a Maîtrise in Political Science from Montesquieu University and a Bachelor in Social and Economic Administration and Management from the University Aix-Marseille 2.

Rama’s broader research interests are in African Political Economy, International Development, Gender and Development and African Feminism(s). She is a member of several research organisations, movements or journals including CODESRIA, the Agrarian South Network, ASA-UK, FRIDA (the Young Feminist Fund) and DAWN (Development Alternatives for Women in a New Era. Rama was part the Co-Coordinator of the Africa Research Network (AfNET) in 2015/2016, and was the co-President of the SOAS Pan-African Society in 2013.

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