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Centre of African Studies

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. If the visitor already has an affiliation at another UK HEI, they can use the Library without charge on presentation of credentials from their home institution. If not, the visitor can apply for Borrowing Membership at the SOAS Library at a cost of £100 per annum (reference only) or £150 per annum (with borrowing of up to 6 books for 1 month).  This is to be paid directly by the visitor at the library issue desk.

Ivor Agyeman-Duah

Director of the Centre for Intellectual Renewal in Ghana, he was special advisor from 2009 to 2014 to the Ghanaian President, John Agyekum Kufuor, on international development cooperation. He currently serves as a consulting fellow of the African Center for Economic Transformation. He had previously worked in the diplomatic service as Head of Public Affairs at Ghana’s Embassy in Washington, DC and later as Culture and Communication Advisor at the Ghana High Commission in London. 
He has held fellowships at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and a Hilary and Trinity resident scholar at Exeter College, Oxford.

He serves as Development Policy Advisor to The Lumina Foundation in Lagos, which awards The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and was the  2014-15 Chair of the Literature Jury of the Millennium Excellence Foundation.  Two of his major literary works- All the Good Things Around Us- An Anthology of African Short Stories  and May Their Shadows Never Shrink- Wole Soyinka and the Oxford Professorship of Poetry (with Prof. Lucy Newlyn) were launched in 2016 at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

Agyeman-Duah’s time as a Centenary Research Associate at SOAS would be devoted to his editorship of: The Gods Who Send Us Gifts: An Anthology of Modern African Stories to be published in Europe/US as,  I Was Hungry and You Fed Me: An Anthology of African Short Stories to commemorate  the 55th Memorial of the Makerere Conference to be held in Rwanda and with SOAS in London in 2017.

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 Asquith

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) .

Dr Abdullai Haroon 

Abdullai Haroon's research focuses on chieftaincy and constitutional history, chieftaincy and democratic experiment in Ghana, as well as identity, political poetry and thought in Dagbon, Ghana. He also works on religion and political governance in Ghana – politics and spirituality, religion as enhancing democracy but not replacing it, churches and partisanship, prophecy, elections and politics, and what sustains its democratic experiment as well as interest in the youth groups as catalyst to Ghana’s democratic and political dispensation.
He is currently working on producing two new books: one on religion and political governance in Ghana; the second on youth as catalyst to Ghana’s democratic dispensation. He is currently revising his published book entitled 'Pan-Africanism then and now and African Political Thought'.

Steve Itugbu

Steve Itugbu holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from SOAS, the University of London in 2012. He is a well-travelled journalist, academic and was a presidential aide to Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Itugbu is the author of America’s War on Terror and until the end of 2014 a Teaching Fellow with the Politics Department and also at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, the University of London.
Steve Itugbu is presently involved in international consultancies through the World Service Briefings, London while at the same time working at publishing additional books. His research interest focuses on a myriad of contentious issues affecting Africa such as governance and leadership, foreign policy relations and analysis, civil wars and conflicts, peace processes and post-conflict integration, political violence, terrorism and counterinsurgencies. It is this multiplicity of issues that has consistently driven his commitment to a constant academic enquiry and debate.
He recently published the book 'Foreign Policy and Leadership in Nigeria: Obasanjo and the Challenge of African Diplomacy'(2017,  I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.).

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.

Chedza Mogae

Chedza Mogae's particular area of scholarship rests within the domain of political science and international relations, in the developmental context. A graduate of the University of Botswana and Fudan University in the People’s Republic of China; she is best known for her political analysis and op-eds in Botswana’s Sunday Standard broadsheet, her work in the area of Sino-African relations, with a particular focus on technology transfer as a component of Chinese aid and infrastructure building in Africa and the complexities of sustainable development with an emphasis on the intricacies of trade and investment promotion, attraction and policy. She has produced a substantial volume of work and her most recent project was as a consultant researcher for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s Least Developed Country Report 2016.