UoB – Africa Academic Directory


  • A

    Role: PhD student 

    Department: School for Policy Studies, Bristol Doctoral College. 

    Expertise: She is a South African PhD student in her first year of a dual PhD between the University of Cape Town and UoB. Her research is about the scale-up of health promotion/NCD reduction interventions in South Africa.

    Email: nina.abrahams@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/nina-t-abrahams

    Role: Post-Doctoral Research. 

    Department: Population Health & Psychology, Lagos State University, Nigeria. 

    Expertise: His research focuses on vulnerable populations including, not limited to, those who suffer mental health challenges, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, epilepsy and addictions. He has worked on grants funded by MRC, Grand Canada Challenges, and US State Department among which are to implement a Collaborative, Stepped Care Intervention based on the Mental Health GAP Intervention Guidelines for Non-Specialist Health Professional Management of Depression in Lagos, Nigeria.

    His current work, though not exclusive focus at the moment, is using intersectional lenses to examine how multiple identities of vulnerable populations impact on their health outcomes and using this to inform interventions.

    Email: bolanle.ola@lasucom.edu.ng

    Twitter: @wobola     

    PURE: https://loop.frontiersin.org/people/363562/overview

    Role: PhD student.  

    Department: Centre for Innovation. 

    Expertise: She is a PhD student at the University of Bristol with a research focus on increasing savings uptake for rural customers using human-centered design and participatory methods. She spent the last 6 years working for social enterprises in agricultural finance and community driven-development in West & East Africa.

    Email: anne.angsten@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/anne-k-angsten

    Role:Research Associate. 

    Department: School for Biological Sciences. 

    Expertise: He is an evolutionary biologist interested in vector-borne disease, ecology and evolution, carry over effects, and host parasites interactions. I aim to contribute to the reduction in transmission and ultimately the elimination of vector-borne diseases with a focus on Africa. He is currently developing evolutionary models of maternal investment in tsetse flies, and also modeling the impacts on the epidemiology of the animal/human African trypanosomiasis linked to data collected in the lab at the LSTM and in the field in Zimbabwe.

    Email: antoine.barreaux@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @AMGBarreaux     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/antoine-m-g-barreaux

    Role: Lecturer in Physical Activity in Adults. 

    Department: School for Policy Studies. 

    Expertise: She is a Physical Activity Epidemiologist and Lecturer in Physical Activity in Adults. Her research focuses on the associations between physical activity and various health outcomes such as vascular diseases and fractures in adults. She also has external collaborations with researchers based in Africa in which she researches childhood physical fitness, physical activity and nutritional status.

    Email: miranda.armstrong@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/miranda-e-g-armstrong

  • B

    Role: Senior Research Associate. 

    Department: Bristol Veterinary School. 

    Expertise: She was working with Maasai pastoralists in Kenya (2019), collaborating with the University of Nairobi and the International Research Livestock Institute – from which she has kept good relationships with those researches. She is very keen on collaborative research about zoonotic disease in those communities, and would be very happy to be involved in a network of people with similar interest.

    Email: cristina.ballesteros@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/cristina-ballesteros

    Role: Senior Lecturer in Management. 

    Department: School of Management.  

    Expertise: Her main interest is in the social and organisational practices involved in the use of these healthcare IT systems including, health information systems, mobile health, assistive technologies.

    Her most recent papers on health systems in Kenya include:

    The Critical Role of Identities in the Deinstitutionalization of Dysfunctional Health Information Systems in Kenya: An Affordance Perspective, MIS Quarterly, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp. 1177-1200.

    “Health information systems and accountability in Kenya: a structuration theory perspective”, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Volume 18, Issue 12, pp. 931-958.

    “Rhetorical Strategies for Framing Policy and IS Innovation in Healthcare”, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp. 81-112.

    Email: roberta.bernardi@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: Robyjaxx 

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/roberta-bernardi

    Role: William P. Coldrick Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics.

    Department: School of Physics. 

    Expertise: His works on the large-scale structure of the Universe and the properties of the massive objects contained within it, using both observation and theory.

    He has been working with the DARA project to extend education in radio astronomy so that African astronomers can take advantage of the new infrastructure and can use the technical knowledge from the SKA project for more general societal development.

    DARA: Development in Africa through Radio Astronomy (https://www.dara-project.org/

    SKA: Square Kilometre Array – serve on a number of STFC and UKRI committees. The largest radio astronomy project in the world, the SKA, has and important component under way in Africa.

    TU-K: DARA-funded research project

    Email: Mark.Birkinshaw@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/mark-birkinshaw

    Role: Professor of Experimental Psychology. 

    Department: School of Psychological Science, Bristol Neuroscience. 

    Expertise: In collaboration with a cultural anthropologist, and a team in the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit (School of Psychological Science), he has been conducting field research involving the Samburu – a population of semi-nomadic pastoralists who live in a remote area of Kenya. His/their work aims to develop a richer understanding of human dietary behaviour by conducting fundamental research in a cross-cultural context.

    Email: jeff.brunstrom@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/jeffrey-michael-brunstrom

    Role: Lecturer in Management. 

    Department: School of Management, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: Interested in collaborating on research on sustainable urban transitions in cities, particularly new organizational forms to scale and sustain hybrid infrastructures (off-grid/on-grid and in the sense of human-digital-environment interaction) in rapidly growing cities

    Email: katharina.burger@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @BurgerKatharina   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/kat-burger

  • C

    Role: Research Fellow. 

    Department: Bristol Population Health Science Institute, Bristol Medical School. 

    Expertise: She is a social anthropologist working in health sciences with expertise in intervention development. She is currently working on a mixed methods systematic review of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) interventions in retail pharmacies in LMIC, with a view to developing AMS interventions. In the past she has conducted research on waterborne disease in South Africa, and environmental research in Uganda & Niger.

    Email: christie.cabral@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @ChristieCabral    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/christie-l-cabral

    Role: Lecturer in Social Anthropology. 

    Department: Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. 

    Expertise: His anthropological research has long had a regional focus on East Africa, and a thematic focus on varied topics from the drugs trade to film and photography. He is currently working alongside colleague Gernot Klantschnig on a project exploring the connections between cannabis, livelihoods and development in Africa, and a project focused on photographic collections at the Bristol Archives and the possibilities these offer for collaborative projects in Kenya.

    Upcoming Projects:

    (ESRC funded) 'Cannabis Africana: Drugs and Development in Africa' (alongside Gernot Klantschnig)

    Ongoing research collaboration (initially funded by UoB GCRF funds) 'Buiding Shared Futures from Photographic Remains' with Bristol Archives, University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the National Museums of Kenya. Focuses on making photographic collections held at Bristol Archives relevant and accessible in Kenya.

    Email: neil.carrier@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @NeilCMCarrier   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/neil-c-m-carrier

    Role: Consultant Senior Lecturer. 

    Department: Bristol Medical School, Bristol Population Health Science Institute. 

    Expertise: His research interests include the epidemiology of kidney disease, with a particular focus on equity of access to care and using efficient study designs (including trials using routine data and registries) to generate robust evidence to change clinical practice. Over recent years he has been collaborating with colleagues at Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town, alongside which he has been leading the International Society of Nephrology's registry initiative SharE-RR (www.theisn.org/advocacy/share-rr).

    Email: Fergus.Caskey@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @fjcaskey    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/fergus-j-caskey

    Role: Lecturer in Politics/International Development. 

    Department: School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. 

    Expertise: Her recent research has focused on Kenya and used a gender lens to explore the political economy of Kenya and the limits of women’s agency within it. She is interested in the political economy of everyday life, gender, sexualities, informality and African politics. Her research has explored how neo-liberalism influenced practices and discourses affect social, economic and gender structures; and how women in disadvantaged positions within these systems attempt to manoeuvre them for their own survival and advancement. So far she has worked mainly with African sex worker groups, but her interest lies in broader gender issues on the continent.

    Email: e.cesnulyte@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @EgleCesnulyte     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/egle-cesnulyte

    Role: Honorary Senior Lecturer. 

    Department: Bristol Population Health Science Institute, Bristol Medical School. 

    Expertise: Consultant rheumatologist and lead osteoporosis services at University Hospitals Bristol and Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Bristol (Medical Education). Experience in setting up fracture liaison and patient-centred osteoporosis services. Interest in supporting and collaborating with any clinical initiative, educational or research project promoting bone health and/or fracture prevention in Africa.

    Email: s.clarke@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -   

    PURE: - 

  • D

    Role: Senior Lecturer in Economics. 

    Department: School of Economics, Centre for Structural Econometrics, Centre for Market and Public Organisation.

    Expertise: Balaka, Malawi. Survey of entire village network of friends, kin, labour exchange, transfers of food and money. Household wealth, income, and consumption is recorded and linked to the social insurance network. Understanding this social network is paramount as taxes and transfers are negligible in dealing with the shocks these households face, e.g, adult and children health, childcare, weather, price shocks, etc..

    His main interest is to create network of academics and students between Malawi and Bristol. This should enhance research capacity here and there.

    Email: leandro.demagalhaes@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/leandro-m-de-magalhaes

    Role: Professor of Strategy and History. 

    Department: School of Management. 

    Expertise: Her research focuses on the history of business and management in sub-Saharan Africa, in particular (Anglophone) West Africa, as well as business and management research in the area, with a focus on sustainable business models and entrepreneurship.


    Cooling for Life: Exploring sustainable business models for solar powered refrigeration in Rwanda (GCRF funded through Aston University): https://coolingforlife.wordpress.com/ – Business history in sub-Saharan Africa

    Female Entrepreneurship in Uganda – ESRC-funded doctoral studentship @Midlands Graduate School

    Email: stephanie.decker@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @DeckerSteph    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/stephanie-decker

    Role: Senior Lecturer. 

    Department: School for Policy Studies. 

    Expertise: She has a particular interest the social determinants of health and wellbeing among migrants and racialised groups in the UK, most recently focusing on the need for tailored COVID-19 test track and trace policies and practices, that will appropriately meet the needs of these populations. In the past, she led the community development process resulting in key HIV policy and planning frameworks, and a national HIV prevention needs assessment among people of Black African ethnicity living in England. Throughout her career she has been involved in international HIV policy and evaluation projects, together with organisations based in African nations, as well as organisations representing the global pan-African diaspora.

    Email: catherine.dodds@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @dr_c_dodds     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/catherine-a-dodds

    Role: Honorary Professor.

    Department: Department of History. 

    Expertise: She is interested in liaising with African scholars and scholars of African History, as the synergies which result generate new insights into her own field of research and augment my work as a public historian and social justice activist.

    Email: madge.dresser@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @MadgeDresser     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/madge-dresser

    Role: Lecturer. 

    Department: School of Geographical Sciences. 

    Expertise: His research focuses on urban processes in Africa, including their relation to questions of food security and health, and the various ways in which these links have been problematized and governed. At Bristol he has worked closely with Prof. Susan Parnell as part of the IUSSP Family Planning, Fertility and Urban Development project funded by the Gates Foundation. That research focused on the evolution of the intellectual and practical links between urban development, family planning and reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa and the global South. As part of the interdisciplinary PEAK Urban project, he is currently researching the past and present trends of national urban reform in South Africa.

    He has previously worked to enhance African planning education and urban research through the Association of African Planning Schools and the African Urban Research Initiative. He is also an honorary research associate at the African Centre for Cities (University of Cape Town).

    Email: james.duminy@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/james-duminy

  • E

    Role: Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. 

    Department: Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering. 

    Expertise/Projects: Has a FLAIR-funded project with Dr Anita Etale (University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa) on water pollution. Etale is developing nanomaterials to purify drinking water used by low income communities, often contaminated by chemical elements such as mercury and arsenic (https://royalsociety.org/news/2019/04/african-academy-of-sciences-and-royal-society-announce-recipients-of-FLAIR-scheme/). 

    Email: s.j.eichhorn@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/steve-eichhorn

    Role: Postdoctoral Research Fellow. 

    Department: Bristol Medical School, Bristol Population Health Science Institute, MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit. 

    Expertise: Our project is investigating the relationship between DNAm and cardio-metabolic health in a black South African population. DNA methylation has been associated with numerous cardio-metabolic phenotypes. To manage health in urbanising LMIC populations, it is therefore essential to understand the role of DNA methylation in cardio-metabolic disease. However, a recognised limitation of current knowledge is that epigenetic data analysis is strongly biased towards populations of European ancestry with very little known about DNA methylation patterns in continental African populations.

    This work formed the basis of a PhD conducted by Héléne Toinét Cronjé. We are currently applying to extend this work using a Newton Fund Prize (application lead: Prof Marlien Pieters, North-West University, South Africa).

    Email: Hannah.Elliott@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @hannah_elliott     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/hannah-r-elliott

  • F

    Role: Professor of Materials Chemistry. 

    Department: School of Chemistry, the Cabot Institute for the Environment, the Bristol Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information. 

    Expertise: He has a number of informal contacts with researchers in Botswana, Senegal and South Africa in the areas of sustainable materials for energy storage and water purification. He is a mentor on the African Academy of Sciences Mentorship scheme, which has been a fantastic opportunity to engage with early career researchers from across Africa. He is also involved in the organisation of the African Materials Research Society's international meeting in 2021. If you are active in the areas of sustainable materials for energy storage and water purification, please do feel free to contact me at: faulresearchgroup.com & email. 

    Email: charl.faul@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @FaulResearch  

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/charl-f-j-faul

    Role: Research Associate. 

    Department: Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, High Performance Networks Group (HPN).  

    Expertise: His current engagement is with the 5G CLARITY project which is incidentally an EU led project. He is happy to engage in frontiers that will deepen African's participation in 5G wireless communication.

    Email: hilary.frank@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @laryfranky    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/hilary-frank

    Role: Research Fellow in Infectious Disease Mathematical Modelling. 

    Department: Bristol Medical School, Bristol Population Health Science Institute, Health Protection Research Unit. 

    Expertise: She is currently supervising a PhD student who is working on a thesis which is using modelling to improve the prevention response for HIV and hepatitis C virus among people who inject drugs in South Africa.

    Email: hannah.fraser@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @hannahfraser243     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/hannah-fraser

  • G

    Role: Senior Lecturer in Law. 

    Department: University of Bristol Law School. 

    Expertise: As a critical scholar of international economic law, Clair has published extensively in the field of law and development. Clair's research interests relate to the relationship between trade and human rights, and the trade:(sustainable) development nexus. She is a scholar of WTO law and writes extensively on regional trade agreements and the EU's external trade policy.

    Her first monograph, North-South Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes: A Critical Assessment of the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (Edward Elgar, 2017) has been widely celebrated for its interdisciplinary account of the EU’s trade relationships with its former colonies in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region. Clair has given expert evidence at the European Parliament and UK Parliament on matters relating to trade policy.

    Email: C.Gammage@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @clairgammage     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/clair-a-gammage

    Role: Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics.

    Department: Department of Engineering Mathematics, Applied Nonlinear Mathematics, Animal Behaviour and Sensory Biology, Ecology and Environmental Change. 

    Expertise: He has received a MARM (Mentoring African Researchers in Mathematics) award from the London Mathematical Society, to develop ties and supervise PhD students on a project of common interest with the department of Mathematics and Informatics at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

    His general interest is the theoretical development of models of moving and interacting entities, from animals and molecules to more abstract objects such as random walkers. In the context of animals, he works in the area of movement ecology.

    Email: luca.giuggioli@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/luca-giuggioli

    Role: Director of the Bristol Poverty Institute, Director of the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, Professorial Research Fellow in Social Justice.

    Department: School for Policy Studies, Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice. 

    Expertise: He has written and edited over two hundred books, papers and reports on poverty, inequality and social exclusion, social justice and social policy. Alongside this, he has undertaken poverty and social justice related research with African colleagues for over 20 years.

    Email: dave.gordon@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/david-gordon

  • H

    Role: Professor in Diabetes and Metabolic Endocrinology. 

    Department: Bristol Population Health Science Institute, Bristol Medical School. 

    Expertise: His main research interests encompass neonatal glucose metabolism, childhood obesity and its treatment, diabetes mellitus, the development of insulin resistance through childhood, palm oil in nutrition, and health and the environment from a sub-Saharan African setting. 

    Email: j.p.h.shield@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/julian-p-hamilton-shield

    Role: Global Bristol PhD Programme Manager.

    Department: Bristol Doctoral College, Research & Development. 

    Expertise: Interested in equitable partnership models & implementation of collaborative research projects. He has previous experience of living and working in Tanzania delivering DFID and EC-funded education, health economics, and reproductive health programmes.

    Email: kevin.higgins@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @HIGGINSKevin     

    PURE: - 

    Role: Senior Research Associate, CONNECTED Network Manager. 

    Department: School of Biological Sciences, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: She is a plant molecular biologist by training with a strong interest in applied plant science and sustainable agriculture. She also has experience of public engagement and outreach work around plant science.

    CONNECTED is a vector-borne disease network based at, and led from, the University of Bristol, UK. It is funded by the UK government Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which supports research on global issues affecting developing countries. She works within the CONNECTED Network team to manage international pump-prime funded research projects, and develop and deliver training events and networking opportunities with a particular focus on international early career researchers.

    Email: diane.hird@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @CONNECTED_Virus, www.connectedvirus.net    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/diane-l-hird

    Role: Royal Society University Research Fellow. 

    Department: School of Biological Sciences, Animal Behaviour and Sensory Biology. 

    Expertise: Animal vision is often very different from our own. As humans, we can become complacent about the level of visual information around us, assuming that what we see is all that there is. However, the more that we understand about animal vision, the more that we must recognise the different ways that animals view their world.

    Stepping out of our own sensory realm to try to understand how different species sense their own environments represents an exciting challenge to science and is a field that I find deeply fascinating.

    He is interested in support for African collaborations, and future grant writing. 

    Email: m.how@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @ecologyofvision @drmartinjohnhow    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/martin-j-how

  • J

    Role: Lecturer in Climate Science. 

    Department: School of Geographical Sciences, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: She is a climate scientist, with expertise in African climate systems and contemporary and future climate change. The goal of her research is to improve understanding of the impacts of climate change, to support sustainable and equitable societal transformation in changing environments.

    She is particularly interested in developing research to support adaptation to changing hydroclimate risk in Africa, and developing science to inform international climate change policy.

    Email: rachel.james@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/rachel-james

  • K

    Role: Research Associate. 

    Department: School of Biological Sciences. 

    Expertise: Evolution of animal conflict and cooperation, focusing on the origin of altruism using fieldwork and theory. He is starting a Marie Curie Global Fellowship next year (2021), working on the evolution and ecology of African social wasps in order to shed light on the evolution of cooperation in animals. This basic STEM fieldwork and research will be in collaboration with biologists in Cameroon, Kenya, and South Africa.

    He will also be working in Cameroon, Kenya, and South Africa, and he is interested in building great collaborations with biologists in these countries.

    Email: patrick.kennedy@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @Padraig_Kennedy     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/patrick-kennedy

    Role: PhD research associate. 

    Department: Bristol Medical School, Bristol Doctoral College. 

    Expertise: His research in Africa is on modeling the impact of prevention interventions for HIV and HCV among people who inject drugs in South Africa. To guide future prevention planning for PWID in South Africa, his research proposes to use epidemiological, modeling and economic methods to give insights into how to improve the prevention response for tackling the HIV and HCV epidemics among PWID across South Africa.

    Email: kennedy.kipkoech@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @ArapMuttai    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/kennedy-kipkoech-mutai

    Role: Senior Lecturer. 

    Department: School for Policy Studies. 

    Expertise: His research and publications focus on drugs and crime and their role in debates about trade, security, the state and health in Africa, especially in Nigeria. He works on three related research areas:

    (1) Pharmaceuticals and their Regulation. He have recently completed a British Academy-funded project on the politics of ‘fake prescription drugs’ in Nigeria.

    (2) Cannabis Africana. With colleagues in Bristol and Cape Town, he is working towards a history of cannabis, development and related policy in Africa, funded by the ESRC.

    (3) Politics of Organised Crime in West Africa. With colleagues in Ottawa and Ibadan, he is working on an ESRC project on Hidden Narratives of Organised Crime in West Africa, exploring the criminalisation of the trade in drugs and migration in Nigeria and Niger. https://tnocwestafrica.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/

    Email: gernot.klantschnig@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @gklantschnig     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/gernot-klantschnig

  • L

    Role: Senior Research Fellow. 

    Department: University of Bristol Law School. 

    Expertise: Her research and engagement in Africa is aimed at strengthening the implementation of human rights on the ground. It focuses on providing practical support to the African human rights bodies, national human rights institutions, NGOs, as well as governments, in their efforts to promote and secure the implementation of human rights standards. Her work has a particular focus on the rights of persons deprived of this liberty and the prevention of torture and other ill-treatment. 

    Email: debra.long@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/debra-k-long

  • M

    Role: Professor of Structural Dynamics. 

    Department: Department of Civil Engineering, Cabot Institute for the Environment, Dynamics and Control. 

    Expertise: His recent focus has been on his role as Principle Investigator of PREPARE. Co-Investigator of PREPARE-Uganda and SAFER PREPARED. He has research interests in earthquake and wind risk in developing countries, focusing on structural engineering aspects of buildings and other structures.

    Email: john.macdonald@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/john-h-g-macdonald

    Role: PhD student. 

    Department: Bristol Doctoral College, School of Geographical Sciences. 

    Expertise: PhD research exploring everyday ambivalent practices and experiences of togetherness in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Email: caramazetti.claassen@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/geography/people/cara-m-claassen/index.html

    Role: Lecturer in Education. 

    Department: School of Education, Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education. 

    Expertise: His research and teaching focuses on education and knowledge production inequalities in Africa. He co-founded the African Education Research Database (https://essa-africa.org/AERD), an online catalogue of publications by researchers based in sub-Saharan Africa, with the aim of raising the visibility and impact of African scholarship. He's on the leadership team for the GCRF network Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures (https://tesf.network/) which is funding African-led research in Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland and South Africa.

    He welcomes supervision and research collaborations focusing on education in Africa.

    Email: Rafael.mitchell@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @EduRes_Mitchell, @TransformingESF

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/rafael-mitchell

    Role: Lecturer in Sociology. 

    Department: School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies.

    Expertise: He is current researching the Black Consciousness Movement in apartheid South Africa.

    Email: marcus.morgan@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @_Marcus_Morgan     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/marcus-morgan

    Role: Professor of International Human Rights. 

    Department: University of Bristol Law School, Human Rights Implementation Centre, International Law, Human Rights Law, Socio-Legal Research.

    Expertise: She is involved in a range of projects across the continent and at regional level, currently works with partners in the Gambia, Tanzania, Zambia, Cameroon and South Africa.

    Email: rachel.murray@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/rachel-h-murray

    Role: MSc student Gender and International Relations. 

    Department: School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies.

    Expertise: She is currently an African postgraduate student studying at University of Bristol. Her background and undergraduate studies are in Development Studies from the University of Zambia, Zambia.

    As an African and soon to be alumni of the University of Bristol, she is keen to help set up engagements and networks of research in Africa, and particularly in Zambia. 

    Email: muyatwamushoka@yahoo.com

    Twitter: @miss_muyatwa     

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    Role: International Director for Faculty of Social Science and Law, Professor in Marketing. 

    Department: Faculty of Social Science and Law, School of Management. 

    Expertise: Her research focuses on the relationship between the commercial world and young people's wellbeing and draws on psychology, sociology, culture theory and neuroscience with methodologies ranging from experiments to filmed ethnography. 

    Email: agnes.nairn@bristol.ac.uk 

    Twitter: @AgnesNairn     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/agnes-nairn 

    Role: Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship. 

    Department: Centre for Innovation, School of Education, Bristol Doctoral College.

    Expertise: He is a lecturer in Innovation, but also a PGR student (EdD) with a particular research focus on the practice of innovation across communities of practice through co-creation. He also runs a social venture with a focus on social inclusion through enterprise, which was born out of digital coaching of micro enterprises in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi, but now also works with the UK socially excluded.

    His social venture is working with a partner in Uganda with the aim of researching a new pedagogy of innovation, in which UK professionals gain intersubjectivity with African entrepreneurs to co-create and execute transformation projects – this is his EdD thesis.

    Email: Mark.Neild@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @mpneild    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/mark-neild

    Role: Administrator for the Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. 

    Department: Centre for Innovation, Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education. 

    Expertise: She researches adolescents and young women on issues around wellbeing, GBV and gender justice in West and East Africa.

    Her PhD research: Problematising the wellbeing of female undergraduate students in Nigeria and Kenya.

    Current team project: Supporting student mothers in Nigerian higher education.

    Email: zibah.nwako@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @DrZibahNwako   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/zibah-a-nwako

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    Role: Senior Research Associate. 

    Department: School of Biological Sciences. 

    Expertise: To collaborate with on SSA-focused food security and sustainable agriculture. The CONNECTED Network tackles challenges of vector-borne plant viruses in SSA, through funding new research and building research capacity, particularly focusing on early career researchers.

    Email: nina.ockendon-powell@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @CONNECTED_Virus   

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/nina-f-ockendon-powell

    Role: Senior Lecturer in Sociology. 

    Department: School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies.

    Expertise: His research interests include childhood, youth and child rights, migration, mining, sex work, forced labour, precarious labour, trafficking, and other phenomena sometimes referred to as ‘modern slavery’ – mainly but not exclusively within African contexts. In his ongoing projects and previous research, he critically interrogate themes on these issues are shaped by power, class, ethnicity, (un)freedom, inequality, the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade, colonisation, and globalisation from sociological and anthropological viewpoints.

    He is Co-I on the European Research Council funded project, Modern Marronage: The Pursuit and Practice of Freedom in the Contemporary World and lead of the project's Ghana arm. This ongoing project thus draws on historical records, archival information and literature on post emancipation and post-colonisation, contemporary abolitionist literature, modalities and NGOs as well as field research with individuals, families and communities in Ghana who are subjects of contemporary abolitionist campaigns, rescue missions and other practices

    Email: sam.okyere@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/samuel-okyere

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    Role: PhD student. 

    Department: Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. 

    Expertise: Her research focus is currently on the Herero women of Namibia, and wider Afro-Caribbean communities in the city of Bristol. 

    Email: lt20424@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://www.christellepellecuer.com/  

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/christelle-b-e-pellecuer

    Role: Language and Education Researcher. 

    Department: Centre for Academic Language and Development.

    Expertise: He is currently in partnership with two former colleagues at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia, one of whom is now at Bristol the other at University of British Colombia, are under-taking the early stages of developing a project looking at practices in higher education, especially in relation to language use and staff development in the context of their work together at the University of Gondar. A duo-ethnographic approach is emerging from their collaboration and an appropriate full proposal will be formulated as a part of this initial stage.

    Email: steven.peters@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @SPAppliedLing

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/steven-m-peters

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    Role: AHRC funded PhD student. 

    Department: University of Bristol Law School, Bristol Doctoral College. 

    Expertise: Her current research focus explores the experiences of girl child soldiers in conflict (focusing on the Sri Lankan and Ugandan wars). Using postcolonial feminism and critical race theory as its theoretical framework, her thesis explores the social and cultural constructions of girlhood in existing gender and war narratives, and how these narratives have influenced, and manifest in, international law. 

    Email: jassi.sandhar@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @jassisandhar     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/jassi-sandhar

    Role: Senior Research Associate. 

    Department: Bristol Dental School, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: Research collaboration with researchers and healthcare professionals in Cameroon; increasing access to diabetes support in black communities (e.g. Somalia). Most recently, she was co-PI on the Cabot Institute project: Palm Oil in Nutrition, health, and the environment: perceptions from the sub-Saharan setting.  

    Email: sarah.sauchellitoran@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @SarahSauchelli

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/sarah-sauchelli-toran

    Role: Clinical Research Fellow. 

    Department: Bristol Medical School, Bristol Doctoral College, Bristol Population Health Science Institute. 

    Expertise: He is a PhD student in the Centre for Ethics in Medicine investigating the ethical challenges faced by specialist palliative care practitioners in Uganda. He is interested in the intersection of palliative care provision, global health and bioethics.

    Email: guy.schofield@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @DrGuySchofield     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/guy-schofield

    Role: Burden Professor and Director of the Bristol Institute of Clinical Neurosciences. 

    Department: Institute of Clinical Neurosciences. 

    Expertise: He has been visiting professor at Gulu University Faculty of Medicine in northern Uganda since 2017. He has been involved in developing joint clinical research programmes, in medical student teaching, and in postgraduate training, as well as helping deliver clinical services. His research has been in various areas, depending principally in the interests of the medics based there, and has included SGBV, local patterns of head injury, unusual endemic epileptic disorders, tetanus, and severe malaria-related anaemia. He has also been establishing a formal specialist training programme in Internal Medicine.

    Email: n.j.scolding@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –   

    PURE: - 

    Role: Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry. 

    Department: School of Chemistry, Cabot Institute for the Environment, Spectroscopy and Dynamics, Atmospheric and Global Change Chemistry, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry. 

    Expertise: The Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) have worked in collaboration with the University of the Western Cape (Prof. Mike Davies-Coleman, Dean of Natural Science and Benjamin Meaker Fellow), and the South African Weather Service and the Department for Environmental Affairs to deploy a state-of-the-art instrument (GC-MS) at the Cape Point Observatory (CPO). These data provide the first continuous measurements of halocarbons of natural origin (terrestrial and aquatic) and through human activity. These halocarbons play a role in local and regional climate, some are ozone depleting substances and some are strong greenhouse gases. Therefore, this work provides the first assessment of such species for South Africa and has provided training and support for South African scientists.

    Email: d.e.shallcross@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/dudley-e-shallcross

    Role: Reader in Microbiology. 

    Department: School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Infection and Immunity. 

    Expertise: His research focuses on bacterial infections, in particular mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, and on the detection of bacteria. He has several contacts at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), and have recently secured funding for a two-year project working with KEMRI on methods development for TB detection in resource-limited settings.

    Email: Jim.Spencer@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @Spencer_D60     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/jim-spencer

    Role: Lecturer in Social Work with Children and Families. 

    Department: School for Policy Studies. 

    Expertise: Her research focuses upon child welfare and protection in the United Kingdom and internationally. Child protection is a serious issue that involves a complex network of professionals, her work specifically gives attention to the interactional environment, and in what way this can be improved so childcare professionals are better able to protect children.

    She is a registered Social Worker with a professional background in England and Wales. Since 2015 she has been working collaboratively with academic partners at the University of Namibia to explore formal and informal networks to understand social welfare responses for children’s health and welfare. Collaborative projects engage a wide range of partners in civil society to understand children’s care, early education, and welfare in Namibia to promote best practice responses for children who are living with abuse and neglect.  

    Email: vicky.sharley@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/vicky-sharley 

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    Role: Professor of Regenerative Medicine. 

    Department: Bristol Veterinary School, Animal Welfare and Behaviour, Infection and Immunity, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: His interest is in sustainable livestock production in ODA and LMI countries, with previous projects in India and sub-Saharan Africa. He has current projects: Smallholder Dairy Cooperatives in Addressing Sustainable Development Goals in ODA countries and Digital Solutions for Rural Challenges in Africa.

    Email: John.tarlton@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/john-f-tarlton

    Role: Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, Professor Senior Team

    Department: Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. 

    Expertise: He has broad interests, but particularly in Sustainable Energy. He leads the EPSRC Supergen Energy Networks Hub, they have an international remit and an agreement with KNUST University in Ghana. In their work with KNUST in Ghana, he takes multidisciplinary approaches to find just transitions to net zero energy systems globally by 2050.

    Email: pvc-research@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @rolyatlihp     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/philip-c-taylor

    Role: Post-Doctoral Researcher

    Department: School of Physics.

    Expertise: His research focuses on using optical approaches to assess coral health based on colour. The primary aim of the project is developing low-cost imagers to develop spectral data on reefs to enable long-term monitoring of coral reefs. Working alongside CORDIO (coastal oceans research and development – (Indian Ocean East Africa), we aim to help to characterise reefs along the east coast of Africa to enable long-term monitoring and protection of reefs.

    Email: jt16874@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @jonny_teague

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/jonathan-teague

    Role: PhD student. 

    Department: Department of Civil Engineering, Bristol Doctoral College, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: His current research is investigating whether the energy needs and priorities of refugee communities in Rwanda are being accurately considered, and to evaluate the appropriateness of renewable energy interventions and market-based delivery mechanisms made as part of the £10m Renewable Energy for Refugees Programme.

    The research is funded by an EPSRC DTP scholarship and draws on a range of theories including those from engineering, the social sciences and anthropology.

    Email: peter.thomas@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @peterjmthomas     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/peter-thomas

    Role: Senior Lecturer in Global Childhoods and Welfare. 

    Department: School of Policy Studies.

    Expertise: Her research focuses on constructions of childhood and children's rights primarily in Ghana and occasionally in Nigeria. Over the years she have worked on projects linked to children's perceptions of physical punishment, children's participation, gender identity acquisition by children and the implications for GBV and the impact of British colonial rule on constructions of childhood in the Gold Coast (Ghana). Alongside this, she has established contacts with academics at the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast (Ghana) and Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria).

    Email: afua.twum-danso@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @AfuaImoh     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/afua-o-twum-danso-imoh 

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    Role: Senior Research Associate in Mathematical Modelling and Health Economics. 

    Department: Bristol Population Health Science Institute, Bristol Medical School, Health Economics at Bristol, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: Her particular research interest is in the effectiveness of infectious disease control measures in low and middle income countries, whether in humans, wildlife, or domestic animals. She has previously worked in Kenya, Botswana, and South Africa.

    Email: josephine.walker@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @jogwalker10     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/josephine-g-walker

    Role: Professor of Zoology. 

    Department: Cabot Institute for the Environment, Infection and Immunity, School of Biological Science, Plant and Agricultural Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Change.

    Expertise: His work is contributing to enhanced food security in Southern Africa by increasing the ability to control endemic, production-limiting tick-borne disease (TBD) in livestock. He and his team are undertaking systematic tick collection and pathogen analysis to allow spatial distributions of TBD risk to be mapped. We are also working with local government veterinary departments to provide tick identification training and facilitate improved outbreak risk assessment and regional responses to risk. Quantifying risk will contribute to improved TBD management and improve both the productivity of commercial livestock production systems and the livelihoods of smallholder subsistence farmers, augmenting food security and resilience.

    Email: richard.wall@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/richard-l-wall

    Role: Research Associate. 

    Department: University of Bristol Law School, Bristol Doctoral College. 

    Expertise: Trade, Agriculture, Agribusiness, Innovation, IP.

    Email: rb18678@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @yentyl_w    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/yentyl-williams

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    Role: Senior Research Associate. 

    Department: School for Policy Studies. 

    Expertise: She shares strong research interests with PARC. Currently, in collaboration with many project partners in Africa, and her research focuses on the enhancement of child wellbeing and development in all 54 African countries. 

    Currently, she is the PI of an ESRC-UKRI funded research project focusing on the understanding and enhancement of child nutrition, healthcare and education in all African countries. This project is in close collaboration with African Child Policy Forum.

    Email: mary.zhang@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/mary-zhang