Team

Professor Isabella Aboderin  Isabella is Perivoli Chair in Africa Research and Partnerships and Director of PARC. Alongside her work here, Isabella is Professor of Gerontology in Bristol’s School for Policy Studies. Isabella is also an extraordinary professor at North West University, South Africa and Associate Fellow of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Nairobi. Among other roles, Isabella serves as regional chair for Africa of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG); as a member of the Global Commission on creating a Roadmap for Healthy Longevity; and as part of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Longevity. She is a trustee on the boards of the United Nations International Institute on Ageing (INIA) and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB).

Contact: isabella.aboderin@bristol.ac.uk 

Dr Susan Jim

Susan is Perivoli Africa Research Centre’s (PARC) Manager and the Worldwide Universities Network’s (WUN) Development Manager at the University of Bristol. Susan is also Chair of the WUN Coordinators Group serving on the WUN’s Academic Advisory Group, Global Challenges Steering Groups and Global Africa Group. Susan also serves on the Coordination Committee of the UNFPA’s (United Nations Population Fund) new university network, TransformU.

Contact: susan.jim@bristol.ac.uk

Dr Eyob Balcha Gebremariam 

Eyob holds a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester. His areas of interest and expertise include the politics of development, decolonising development studies, Africa political economy, and young citizens’ engagement in politics. Before joining PARC, Eyob was a Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a Matasa Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. He joins us as a Research Associate in PARC and the Africa Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), where he is actively engaged in research to advance the development of regional and national policy processes, and the building of a framework of equitable partnership models, through the Charter

Contact: eyob.b.gebremariam@bristol.ac.uk 

Dr Francis Naab 

Francis holds a PhD in Applied Economics and Food Security from Newcastle University, where his research focused on social protection and households’ resilience to food insecurity in countries of Sub Saharan Africa. He has previously worked in the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University and the GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he is currently an Associate Fellow. He joins us as a Research Associate in PARC and the Africa Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), where he is actively engaged in research to advance the development of transformative care systems and economies for Africa. Beyond this, Francis has a key interest in ‘resilience thinking and analysis’ and exploring intergenerational systems within economies of Africa. 

Contact: francis.naab@bristol.ac.uk

Ms Hilda Owii 

Hilda Owii is a PhD student in Social Policy at the University of Bristol. At PARC, she forms part of a multi-disciplinary team to work, and build her doctoral thesis, on a research and policy engagement programme, ‘Care Work and Economy Africa: toward transformative care systems and economies to harness Africa’s demographic transition’.  This chimes with her keen research interest long term care provision and receipt in sub-Saharan Africa, its dynamics, impacts, and interaction with culture. Prior to her doctorate studies, Hilda earned an MSc. degree in Gerontology from the University of Southampton and worked at APHRC contributing to research aimed at illuminating the challenges and opportunities presented by ageing in sub-Saharan Africa, and the implications of these for development agendas in the region. Her work experience spans long term care, health and wellbeing, resilience, and social pensions- where she has garnered considerable experience undertaking qualitative research on ageing issues. 

Contact: hilda.owii@bristol.ac.uk

Dr Robert Crowe

Robert is the International Research Partnerships Officer for both Perivoli Africa Research Centre and the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). Robert has worked in RED since 2013, first with the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research (EBI), then in the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS). 

Contact: robert.crowe@bristol.ac.uk

 

Past/retired members

Mr Elliot James

Elliot was the PARC, and Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Global Research Networks and Partnerships Assistant from March 2020-September 2021. He has deepened interests in anthropological systems architecture and tektology, the philosophy and culturology of astronautics & technological innovation, cybernetics, & religious evolution. Elliot is now doing a Master’s at the University of Bristol – we wish him well! 

Contact: elliot.james@bristol.ac.uk