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.
Contemporary Land Rush and Contradictions of Agrarian Change in Senegal (2007-2017).
- DIENG, R. S. (2018) ‘Gone Native?’: Reflections of a feminist tightrope walker’s research on ‘land grabbing’ and the dilemmas of ‘Fieldworking while Parenting at home', in Jackson, R. & Kelly, M. Women Researching in Africa. The Impact of Gender, Palgrave , ISBN 978-3-319-94502-6
- DIENG, R. S. (2013) Le rôle de la culture dans le développement en Afrique in the collective book ed. Aboa, Pokam, Sadio et Tandia (Eds) (2013) Démocratie et Développement: Perspectives des Jeunes Chercheurs Africains, L’Harmattan, Paris
- DIENG, R. S. (2017) ‘Land grabbing’ & the politics of evidence: The case of Senegal in Africa Insight 46 (4) Investment on Land or Land Grabbing? Land Reform, Agricultural Production and Food Security in Africa
- DIENG, R. S. (Nov. 2016) : Ndèye Sokhna Guèye (Ed.) (2015), Mouvements sociaux des femmes au Sénégal in Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, Vol 5, Issue 1, pp. 126 – 128
- DIENG, R. S. (2015) Third Financing for Development Conference: A missed opportunity for African Women in DAWN Informs (Newsletter of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), August 2015
- November 2017: Critical Appraisal of the Status of Youth Inclusion and Engagement in Governance and Accountability in West Africa: Connection between Policy and Practice” Regional Workshop on “Youth Participation in Africa: Engagement, Inclusivity and Accountability.” Nairobi, Kenya
- 20 July 2017: “Land Governance, Culture and Development in Senegal”, Presentation in the Panel in Africa at the SOAS Africa Conference: Creating and Claiming Identities Imagining Africa’s Future: Language, Culture,
- 18-22 January 2016: ‘Land grabbing’ & the politics of evidence: The case of Senegal, Presentation at the Sam Moyo Institute of Agrarian Studies Summer School on Progressive Social Forces, Social Movements, Collective Actions & Gender in the Contemporary Agrarian Transformations in the South in Harare, Zimbabwe
- 10-13 May 2016: “Understanding China and India ’s economic investments in Francophone West Africa and gendered implications” South: Gender & Sexuality Implications in Santa Cruz, convened by Professor Lisa Rofel of the Center for Emerging Powers at the University of Santa Cruz California’s (UCSC)
- September 2015: Meen wala Geño? Land access and ownership according to Gender in three Senegalese matrilineal and patrilineal groups Presentation at the Third Pan-African Roundtable Dialogue on Land Policies, Agrarian Conflicts, Agricultural Production, Food Security and Identity Challenges in Postcolonial Africa, 21-23 September 2015, in Harare, Zimbabwe. May 2013: First Pan-African Roundtable Dialogue on Land Policies, Agrarian Conflicts, Agricultural Production, Food Security and Identity Challenges in Postcolonial Africa, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- November 2013: “Women’s leadership in Africa: the case of Senegal, Comments on the film Women Rising:Political Leadership in Africa, Panel with Dr. Naila Kabeer, Punita Bhatt, Rahila Gupta , and Jennifer Okungu, director of the film at the 2013 London Feminist Film Festival, UK
- Over 30 IDEP monthly development seminars (MDS) organized between 2011 and 2013 as the series coordinator with first-class development thinkers and practitioners .The MDS serves as a forum and meeting point for policy and intellectual communities of the country that host the seminar, in order to broaden its audience and contribute to building the research-policy networks on the continent. The MDS were the flagship event of IDEP.
Other Policy/Academic events attended
- 28-29 April 2018: Ibrahim Governance Forum and Next Generation Forum , Kigali, Rwanda
- March 2018: SOAS African Development Forum as Chair of Panel 2: The New African
- March 2018: African Evidence Informed Policy Forum’. Nairobi, Kenya, Participant and Facilitator
- 7-9 April 2017, Ibrahim Foundation’s Governance and Development Week-End and Annual Ibrahim Forum, in Marrakesh, Morocco
- 3-17 March 2017, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice’s 25 2017
- Emerging African Leaders as part of their Building Bridges Leading in Public Life Programme on Inclusive governance: Promoting Accountability which took place in Cape Town, South Africa
- AfNet Africa Research Day 2016 - ‘Redefining the Past, Imagining the Future’ at SOAS (Co-organiser)
- 2015 CODESRIA General Assembly, Dakar, Senegal
- 2015 International Land Coalition (ILC) Global Land Forum, Dakar, Senegal