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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.).

Dr Marco Jowell

Marco Jowell  runs a research and advisory body called the Africa Research Group. His main interests are related to civil military relations and military sociology in Africa as well as peacekeeping, peacebuilding and conflict management initiatives. He's also interested in politics, political economy and security dynamics of East and Central Africa with a broad background in policy advice with governments, international organisations (including a range of UN agencies), international and local NGOS, and the private sector. Marco has held positions with the United Nations Group of Experts for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was Senior Research Analyst covering the Great Lakes region of Africa at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), was head of applied research at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Kenya and was Director of Research for the Great Lakes Centre for Strategic Studies (GLCSS) in Rwanda. Marco has a PhD examining military and peacekeeping assistance to African defence forces from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, as well as an MSc in African Politics also from SOAS.

He's currently working on two forthcoming publications: Jowell, Marco. The Rwanda Defence Force: Defence and Security in East Africa. I.B.Tauris, London, 2019. (forthcoming)Jowell, Marco. Peacekeeping, Politics and the Failure of Foreign Military Assistance in Africa. I.B.Tauris, London, 2017. (forthcoming).

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 Metiku

Arkebe Oqubay (PhD) is a Minister and Senior Adviser to the Ethiopian Prime Minister and has been at the centre of policymaking for over 25 years. He is a former Mayor of Addis Ababa and Minister of Works and Urban Development. He currently serves as board chair of several leading public organisations and international advisory boards. He holds a PhD in development studies from SOAS, University of London, and is a research associate at the Centre of African Studies in the University of London. His work includes the path-breaking Made in Africa: Industrial Policy in Ethiopia (OUP 2015); African Economic Development: Evidence, Theory, and Policy (OUP 2019), with Christopher Cramer and John Sender; China-Africa and an Economic Transformation (OUP 2019), with Justin Lin; and How Nations Learn (forthcoming), with Kenichi Ohno. He was recognised as one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2016 and a “leading thinker on Africa’s strategic development” by the NewAfrican for his work, both practical and theoretical, on industrial policies. His research focus includes structural transformation, catch-up, industrial policy, and policy making, with a special emphasis on Africa.

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.

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 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”.