SOAS University of London

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.

Dr Mustapha Adebayo Bello

Dr Mustapha Adebayo Bello is a Lecturer at the Department of Religions and Peace Studies, Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria.

He is currently working on a project entitled Permissiveness, syncretism and fundamentalism: dissecting the new face of religiosity in Lagos, Nigeria.

The focal point of Dr Bello's research work is the adaptability of Islam in its pristine principles to cultures of receiving peoples (converts and admirers) whose philosophy and orientation is clearly different; for example phenomenon such as Chrislam movements as well as the emerging visibility of female Spiritual Leadership in South West Nigeria.

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.

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.

Dr Ini Dele-Adedeji

Dr Ini Dele-Adedeji received his doctorate degree in Political Science from the Politics department at the SOAS, University of London (SOAS). Ini’s research interests focus on the intersection of politics and religion in northern Nigeria and transitional justice. His doctoral thesis - titled ‘’The Mobilisation of the Boko Haram Sect’’ (an ethnographic study on the relative success of the Boko Haram sect in gaining the support of a section of the Muslim public in northern Nigeria) – was shortlisted for the Audrey Richards 2018 prize for the best doctoral thesis in African Studies. Ini was previously a Teaching Fellow in the departments of Politics and Development Studies at SOAS. He has previously lectured at SOAS, Wellesley College, the American International University, London, and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). Ini has also provided advisory services to/consulted for Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders (MSF), Oxford Analytica, the Swedish Ambassador to Ghana, Nigeria & ECOWAS, and the United States Department of Defence. His expert commentary on Nigerian current affairs can be heard or read on different media platforms including the BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, the UK Guardian, the Financial Times, and Africa is a Country.  Ini is spending the next couple of years preoccupied with the completion of a monograph on the Boko Haram sect and another on the decolonisation of the curriculum within UK academic spaces.

Elsbeth Joyce Court

Elsbeth Joyce Court, Subject Lecturer World Art, SOAS IFCELS

Elsbeth Court is a specialist in African art and art education, whose research and activities focus on the visual arts of eastern Africa and more widely concern modern and contemporary art.  Completed projects are the preparation of two catalogues for the SOAS Archives and Special Collection: the papers of Johanna Ag’the (2015) and the Hassan Musa Mail Art Collection (2019) that is the basis for the exhibition The Artist’s Stamp; Guest Editor of Critical Interventions Special Issue on Kenya (2017, 11:1) that includes her Chronology for the emergence of modern art and an essay on the career of Magdalene Odundo.

Other recent publications include a review of Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in A Bottle (African Arts. 2014, 47:2), an essay for Raimi Gbadamosi’s Cemetery (2015, Johannesburg: Fourthwall),  ‘Jak Katikarikawe’ in K. Fink & N Siegert eds. Lieblingssstücke #36 Objekte des Monats (2018, Bayreuth: Iwalewa Haus). Her current writing is on ’Kenya Art Worlds’ while an on-going task is the preparation of ‘Artists and Art Education in Africa’ for SOAS Research-online.

Her on-line bibliography ''Art and Art Education in East Africa_ A Working Bibliography.” Bibliography for Art Education in Kenya, East Africa. (msword; 1445kb) is to be revised later in the spring.

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 Arkebe Oqubay

Arkebe Oqubay, PhD, is a Senior Minister and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and has been at the centre of policymaking for over twenty-five years. He is the former Mayor of Addis Ababa and winner of the Best African Mayor of 2006 award presented by ABN and was a finalist World Mayor Award 2006, for transforming the city. He currently serves as board chair of several leading public organizations and international advisory boards, and he is a recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, presented by the Emperor of Japan.

Dr Arkebe is a UNU-WIDER Honorary Research Fellow; ODI Distinguished Research Fellow at London-based think tank Overseas Development Institute; and a research associate at the Centre of African Studies in the University of London; and holds a PhD in development studies from SOAS, University of London.

His recent published works include: the path breaking Made in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2015); The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy (Oxford University Press, 2019); How Nations Learn: Technological Learning, Industrial Policy, and Catch Up (Oxford University Press, 2019); China-Africa and an Economic Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2019); African Economic Development: Evidence, Theory, and Policy (Oxford University Press, 2020); The Oxford Handbook of Industrial Hubs and Economic Development (Oxford University, 2020); and The Oxford Handbook of Industrial Policy (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Dr Arkebe was recognized by the New African as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2016 and a “leading thinker on Africa’s strategic development” for his work on industrialization and industrial policies, both theoretical and practical. His research focus includes structural transformation, technological learning and catch-up, industrial policy, sustainability and urban transformation, China-Africa ties, and public policy and leadership with a focus on emerging and developing countries and special interest on Africa.

Dr Jama Musse

Dr Jama Musse is currently working on the Somali Corpus which is based at the Hargeysa Cultural Centre, looking at the possibilities of literary research based on the corpus.  He is currently working with SOAS Senior Lecturer Dr Martin Orwin on the proceedings of the 13th International Congress of Somali Studies as well as working for Somali Week Festival and the Hargeysa International Bookfair. Dr Jama Musse holds a PhD degree form the University of Naples "L'Orientale". He has published academic papers on Somali linguistics and run a publishing housein Somaliland and Italy which produces both academic works and literature on Somali issues.

Dr Jacke Phillips

Jacke Phillips has been affiliated with the Department of HAA at SOAS since 2000, and since 2009 as a Research and Teaching Fellow where she has taught ‘African Art III: the art and archaeology of North Eastern Africa’ and the collaborative ‘Theory and Method in the Study of Asian and African Art’ and ‘Introduction to African Art and Archaeology’ courses.  She is also a Visiting Scholar at the McDonald Institute or Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge.  She has conducted extensive fieldwork in both Sudanese Nubia (Hambukol, Old Dongola, Hamadab, El-Kurru, Suakin and the Southern Dongola Reach) since 1985 and Ethiopia (Aksum, Shire, Lalibela region, Maryam Anza) since 1993, in addition to Bronze Age Greece. Her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto is in Egyptian Archaeology, but she has since broadened her research interests to encompass many of the surrounding civilisations. Her interests focus on cross-cultural interactions, influences and acculturations between civilisations over Northeast Africa, the East Mediterranean and beyond the Red Sea, especially comparative material technologies and typologies, and has published extensively on these and other topics.  She currently collaborates on Tania Tribe’s “Royal Encampments, Battlefields and Dynastic Churches: an overall multidisciplinary project assessing cultural encounters in the Highlands of Ethiopia (12th–15th centuries)” project, and continues to investigate and publish several excavation projects in both Ethiopia and Sudan.  During her CAS research associateship she will focus on case studies of cross-cultural interaction using her material from sites currently under excavation.

Dr Tania Tribe

Dr Tania Tribe has been a tenured staff member in the Department of HAA at SOAS for the last 25 years, where she has taught modules on African art and archaeology (especially NE Africa), the art and archaeology of the African diaspora in the Americas, the theory and philosophy of art, and cross-cultural approaches to conflict and representation. She has regularly conducted fieldwork in NE Africa and the Americas and have published in these fields. During the research associateship in CAS  she will continue developing two existing projects: A) “Royal Encampments, Battlefields and Dynastic Churches: an overall multidisciplinary project assessing cultural encounters in the Highlands of Ethiopia (12th–15th centuries)” and B) “The Black Atlantic: Archaeology, Visual Culture and African Identity in Colonial and Imperial Brazil: A Case Study from Pernambuco”. Dr Tania Tribe has also been running the Solomonic-Zagwe Encounter Project since 2009.

Dr Katie Tucker

Katie has over 15 years of experience working with human remains dating from the Mesolithic to the post-medieval period from a wide variety of sites in the UK, Germany, Jordan, Turkey, Ethiopia and Romania. She has held research posts at the University of Winchester and the German Archaeological Institute, as well as working for a number of commercial archaeology companies in the UK and Germany. She has authored or co-authored several books, book chapters and academic papers on such subjects as decapitation, peri- and ante-mortem trauma, skeletal evidence for leprosy, and the Search for Alfred the Great project. She has played an active part in the SolZag project since 2013.