SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Ponsiano Bimeny

BBIT (Nkumba, Uganda), MSc (SOAS)
  • Research

Overview

Ponsiano Bimeny
Name:
Ponsiano Bimeny
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Thesis title:
Constructions of the State, Violence and Political Settlement in South Sudan
Year of Study:
4
Internal Supervisors

Biography

Ponsiano is a Ugandan PhD student in the Department of Development Studies. He holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS and has more than six years of experience working as a development professional in Northern Uganda, including delivering the UNICEF-funded Government of Uganda’s “Justice for Children” programme. His PhD research examines contradicting visions of the South Sudanese state and its implications for the processes of state formation within the country and in Sub Saharan Africa more broadly. Alongside his PhD, Ponsiano undertook research work focusing on the post conflict settings of the Acholi and Karamoja regions of northern Uganda for the Deconstructing Notions of Resilience project at Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, The London School of Economics and Political Science. He has provided regional insights about Africa’s Great Lakes Region to the Centre of African Studies at SOAS since 2016.

PhD Research

Research focuses on the processes of state formation, citizenship and identity in the context of conflict, violence and displacement in South Sudan, drawing particularly on the political settlement at the end of the most recent civil war (2005-2013) and the period of war between the government's Sudan People’s Liberation Army and the different paramilitary and social groups (2013-2017). Due to security issues, the research is based on field research with South Sudanese constituents in Uganda and Kenya.

Publications

  • Bimeny (2019) Resilience and humanitarianism in the face of recurrent crisis and fragility: a resilience approach to humanitarian development response. Deconstructing notions of resilience: exploring coping strategies and resilience in post-conflict Uganda (Working paper No. 1). Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, LSE
  • Bimeny (2019) Resilience to ecological change in post-war Uganda can be damaging. Africa@LSE, Deconstructing Notions of Resilience: Exploring coping strategies and resilience in post-conflict Uganda Research Blog Series, Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, LSE
  • Bimeny (2019) Confronting ecosystem degradation in post-war northern Uganda. Africa@LSE, Deconstructing Notions of Resilience: Exploring coping strategies and resilience in post-conflict Uganda Research Blog Series, Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, LSE.

Conferences

  • 2019 Violence, Conflict and the Challenges of State Building: Traditional Institutions in Contemporary African Governance. The Governance for Development in Africa Initiative, Residential School, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, organized by SOAS University of London with support from Mo Ibrahim Foundation. 
  • 2018 Constructions of the State, Violence and Political Settlement in South Sudan. The PhD Workshop on Violence, Conflict and Development, Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London.

Affiliations

  • Centre of African Studies - SOAS
  • Peace, Conflict and Development Research Cluster (Department of Development Studies)"

Research

  • Development
  • Violence, conflict and war-to-peace transitions
  • State fragility and post-conflict reconstruction
  • Humanitarian development response in conflict affected and fragile areas
  • Gender, violence and security
  • Community development, environment and security