AHMR Chief Editor
Prof. Mulugeta F. Dinbabo
University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Prof. Dinbabo obtained his Doctoral Degree in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape. He also has two MA degrees in Development Management and Development Studies, from the Ruhr University Germany and University of the Western Cape, South Africa, respectively.
Prof. Dinbabo is the Chief Editor of African Human Mobility Review (AHMR) since 2014. Accordingly, he is responsible for the overall management/administration of the journal and maintaining the highest standards of technical and professional quality of all contributions. His research interest includes international migration and development; migration policies; remittances and poverty reduction in Africa. He also has a sound knowledge of the fields of social and economic development, microsimulation modelling and migration. His recent work on international migration examines empirically the macroeconomic determinants of ‘pull’ factors of international migration to South Africa. In the past few years, Prof. Dinbabo has engaged and acted as a Principal Researcher (PI) in a number of National and Continental level research projects. Accordingly, he was able to raise funds for research projects in Africa. Major research grants and funding include: the European Union, United Nations, the South African Government Departments and other NGOs.
Prof. Dinbabo is a member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and South African Development Studies Association (SADSA). He has participated in the high-level dialogue on international migration and supervised Postgraduate students in the area of migration and development. He has published many papers in academic journals and produced research reports and other publications.
AHMR Editor Assistant
Mr. Sergio Carciotto
University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Sergio is a Migration Expert. He worked for the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) since his foundation in 2014 until April 2019. He previously worked in South Africa for local NGOs and in Italy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Sergio is a PhD candidate at the University of the Western Cape and holds an MA Degree in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and an MA Degree in Refugee Rights and Migration Studies from La Sapienza University in Rome. His research intrerests include asylum and immigration policy and the link between migration and citizenship.
Prof. Vivienne Lawack
University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Prof Vivienne Lawack is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of the Western Cape. In this capacity she is responsible for the academic project at the university, with all seven Faculties and five Directorates reporting to her, including Academic Planning, Teaching and Learning, Research Niche in Migration, Centre for Innovative Educational Communication Technologies (E-learning), Information Communication Services and Community Engagement. Professor Lawack has also been appointed as a Professor of Law in the Department of Mercantile and Labour Law in the Faculty of Law at UWC. She has published extensively and supervised a number of masters and doctoral candidates. Her field of research is legal and regulatory frameworks pertaining to the payment system, banking system and financial markets. In her role as NNMU's Dean of the Faculty of Law she provided strategic direction and managed the operations of the faculty as well as its core functions of teaching and learning, research and engagement.mShe is at present the chair of the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) Board, a research associate at the Nelson Mandela University Unit for Internationalisation, and trustee of the Moravian Church Trust.
Prof. Jonathan Crush
Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada
Prof Jonathan Crush, director of the Southern African Migration Programme, (www.samponline.net) and the Hungry Cities Partnership (www.hungrycities.org) holds a research chair in Global Migration and Development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. He completed his schooling in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland and his first degree was from Cambridge University. He completed his MA at Laurier University and PhD at Queen's University. He was recently appointed Extraordinary Professor at the University of Western Cape. His scholarly contributions in the field of migration, food security and development include 17 authored and co-edited books, over 200 journal articles and book chapters and numerous published reports for regional and international organizations, governments and civil society organizations.
Prof. Loren Landau
University of the Witwatersrand - African Centre for Migration & Society, South Africa
Loren B Landau is Professor of Migration and Development at the University of Oxford and the South African Research Chair in Human Mobility and the Politics of Difference based at the University of the Witwatersrand’s African Centre for Migration & Society. He has previously held visiting and faculty positions at Princeton, Georgetown, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His interdisciplinary scholarship explores mobility, multi-scale governance, and the transformation of socio-political community across the global south. A frequent media resource on regional and global migration policy debates, he has published widely in the academic and popular press. Publications include, The Humanitarian Hangover: Displacement, Aid, and Transformation in Western Tanzania (Wits Press); Forging African Communities: Mobility, Integration, and Belonging (Palgrave); I Want to Go Home Forever: Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa’s Great Metropolis (Wits Press); Contemporary Migration to South Africa (World Bank); and Exorcising the Demons Within: Xenophobia, Violence and Statecraft in Contemporary South Africa (UN University Press/Wits Press). He has consulted with the European Union, the World Bank, UNDP, UNHCR, UNECA, the Cities Alliance, and others. As chair of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (2004-2012) he served on the South African Immigration Advisory Board. Now a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, he holds an MSc in Development Studies (LSE) and a PhD in Political Science (Berkeley).
Prof. Simon Bekker
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Bekker is currently Emeritus Professor of Sociology in the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department. His interests in collective identities and ethnicity together with migration have led him to focus on urban studies in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Recent publications include articles on religious and urban identities in South Africa, on xenophobia, and an edited book on capital cities in Africa. He acted as Professor of Development Studies at Rhodes University, Professor of Sociology at UNISA and Director of the Centre for Social and Development Studies at the (then) University of Natal (Durban). He has held visiting fellow appointments at Oxford University, the Centre d'Étude d'Afrique Noire in France, and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, Sweden.
Prof. Thomas Faist
Bielefeld University, Germany
Thomas Faist (PhD, New School for Social Research) is Professor for Sociology at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University, Dean of the Faculty and deputy director of the Collaborative Research Centre 882 “From Heterogeneities to Inequalities”. His fields of interest are transnational relations, citizenship, social policy, development and migration. He held visiting professorships at Malmö University and the University of Toronto. Thomas Faist is a member of the editorial boards of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Problems, South Asian Diaspora, Social Inclusion, Migration and Development and the Pakistan Journal of Social Issues. Books he recently co-published include Beyond Methodological Nationalism: Social Science Research Methodologies in Transition (2012), Transnational Migration (2013), and Disentangling Migration and Climate Change (2013). His current research focuses on the transnational social question.
Prof. Raul Delagdo Wise
Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico
Raúl Delgado Wise is UNESCO Chair on migration, development and human rights, professor of the Doctoral Program in Development Studies at the University of Zacatecas (Mexico), President of the International Migration and Development Network, and co-Chair of the Critical Development Studies Network. He is author/editor of 25 books and more than 150 essays, including book chapters and refereed articles. Dr. Delgado has been guest lecturer in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. He received the annual prize for economics research “Maestro Jesús Silva Herzog” in 1993, and is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the National System of Researchers, and of several scholarly associations in Canada, the United States, Latin America and Europe. He is editor of the Journal Migración y Desarrollo, member of the editorial committee of several academic journals in the US, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico, and editor of the journal Migación y Desarrollo and of the book series “Development and Migration” for Miguel Angel Porrúa publisher.
Prof. Laurence Piper
University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Laurence Piper is a Political Scientist at the University of the Western Cape. He is interested in questions of citizenship, democracy and state-society relations at the local level in South Africa and comparatively. Forthcoming publications address issues of xenophobia and economic competition, urban and gender-based violence, and the role of intermediaries in local state-society relations. Look out for his co-edited book ‘Mediating Citizenship: The Informal Politics of Speaking for Citizens in the Global South’ forthcoming with Palgrave McMillan later in 2014. Laurence is also the co-convenor of the Collaboration for Research on Democracy along with Joanna Wheeler.
Prof. Shimelis Gulema
Stony Brook University, New York
Having previously taught at Addis Ababa University (1991-2003), Shimelis Bonsa Gulema joined the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he completed his doctoral studies. Currently, he teaches at African history, politics and development at Stony Brook University in New York (SUNY). A member of different research fora (Book-Review Editor for the H-Horn, part of H-Net Africa, being one), Dr. Gulema’s research interests and engagements include the study of ideologies, practices, and identities (such as urbanization, migration, transnationalism, modern state-nation formations), in both colonial and post-colonial contexts, and has published a number of works along these lines including “A History of Kistane Migration to 1974” Azania: Journal of the British Institute in Eastern Africa. Vol. XXXVI-XXXVII. 2001-2002. 172-186 and “City as Nation: Imagining and Practicing Addis Ababa as a Modern and National Space,” North East African Studies, 13:1, 2013 (167-214).
Prof. Wilson Majee
University of Missouri, USA
Prof. Wilson Majee [PhD, MPH, MBA] is an Associate Professor with the University of Missouri School of Health Professions and the Public Health program. He has academic training in economics, business, public health and development studies. His research interests are in exploring, identifying and implementing place-based approaches to health and well-being of those living in resource-limited communities. The interdisciplinary nexus of community leadership development, community engagement, and health promotion is the center of his work. Prof. Majee has a strong foundation in community leadership development and health promotion research and practice. His work closes knowledge and practice gaps using a socioecological approach to multi-level individual, family and place-based factors affecting health and well-being. Prior to joining the University of Missouri, he worked as a Community Development Specialist in rural Missouri where he partnered with county commissioners, church leaders, school administrators, health departments, and community action agencies in developing and implementing programs to improve the health and well-being of community members.
Dr. Delali Margaret Badasu
University of Ghana, Ghana
Delali Margaret Badasu is a Senior Research Fellow at the Regional Institute for Population Studies and and the Centre for Migration Studies, both of the University of Ghana. She has PhD in Geography from the University of Ghana, MA in Geography from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and BA in Economics/Geography from the University of Ghana.
She has researched and published a number of works on population, migration, development and health-related issues with support from a number of sources including University of Ghana Research Fund, Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), UNFPA, UNICEF, EU, DFID, Bill Gate Foundation, CODESRIA, African Caribbean Pacific (ACP), European Union (EU), Bill Gate Foundation, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), DFID, Global Development Network (GDN), Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Multiculturalism Canada, the Guttmacher Institute, among others. She has over 30 publications (articles, book chapters and books).
Dr. Edmond Agyeman
University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
Edmond Agyeman is a lecturer at the Centre for African Studies based at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. He obtained his Doctoral Degree in Contemporary International Migration from the Institute for Studies on Migration, Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid, in 2011. Between 2012 and 2013, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality (CSSI), Tohoku University, Japan.
Dr. Razack Karriem
University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Razack Karriem obtained his PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Prior to joining the Institute for Social Development at UWC, he taught in the Department of City and Regional Development at Cornell University and in the Growth and Structure of Cities Program at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr Karriem also worked for the Department of Land Affairs (on land reform and rural development) and at the Department Constitutional Development (on provincial and local governance). Dr Karriem research interests are in urban and rural development, the role of social movements in promoting development from below, as well as urban sustainability and climate change. He has researched and written on the Brazilian Landless Movement’s struggles for land reform and an ecologically sustainable rural development model. His current research project focuses on the housing struggles of Abahlali Base Mjondolo or the Shackdwellers Movement of South Africa.
Dr. Eria Serwajja
Makerere University, Uganda
Eria Serwajja is a Lecturer at the Development Studies Department of Makerere University, Uganda. Previously, he has held teaching and research positions at several educational institutions in and out of Uganda including Busitema University, Uganda Christian University. Serwajja holds a doctorate in Development Studies obtained from the Institute for Social Development (ISD) of the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. He also has a Master of Philosophy Degree in Development Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning from Makerere University. Currently, Serwajja is a post-doctoral fellow at Makerere University where he focuses on social, economic and environmental intricacies in the artisanal and small-scale mining communities in the Karamoja region that is located in the North-Eastern horn of Uganda. He has conducted research on land and agrarian issues including land grabbing in conflict and post-conflict areas. His research interests include land tenure, food security, gender issues, rural and urban livelihoods and extractive natural resources. Further, Serwajja has participated in several short training courses at various universities including the University Bergen in Norway; Brown University in Rhode Island USA, Makerere University in Uganda and Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. He is presently involved in several research projects across Africa including a study on female traditional leaders in Ghana, South Africa, Botswana and Liberia funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation; ‘Holding Aid Accountable: Relational Humanitarianism in Protracted Crisis (AidAccount)” funded by the Research Council of Norway; and ‘Uganda’s oil futures’ funded by The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
Dr. Pineteh E.Angu
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Dr Pineteh E. Angu is a C2 NRF Rated Researcher and Senior Lecturer in the Unit for Academic Literacy in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria. He obtained a PhD in 2007 from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg for an innovative narrative study of the sociocultural experiences of Cameroonian forced migrants in Johannesburg. After his doctoral studies, he took up a short-term research fellowship at Wits’ Humanities Graduate Centre, under the supervision of Professor Loren Landau before joining Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town in 2009. He joined the University of Pretoria in 2016.
Dr Pineteh Angu’s main research interests are the patterns of African migration and xenophobia in post-apartheid South Africa and related social configurations such as the politics of belonging, autochthony and transnational identities. He also has a keen interested in diaspora narratives, migrant networks, migrant livelihoods and academic literacy practices He has published extensively on these core interests in national and international journals.
Dr. Joseph Yaro
University of Ghana, Ghana
Joseph Yaro is an associate professor in Human Geography with a focus on Development and Environmental studies. He combines a rich background in development studies and rural geography with extensive rural research experience in northern Ghana. His specific research interests are in: Sustainable development in rural areas; Livelihoods and Food security; Climate change adaptation- local responses and building adaptive capacity; land tenure and transnational land deals/grabs.
Dr. Linda Oucho
African Migration and Development Policy Centre, Kenya
DR. LINDA ADHIAMBO OUCHO is an established migration expert leading the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC), a research think tank conducting evidence-based research on migration and development issues in Eastern Africa and beyond with the purpose of influencing policy. As the Executive Director at AMADPOC, Dr. Oucho holds a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick, where she specialized in international migration of African Women. As a diaspora returnee, she has engaged in several research projects and activities in Kenya, East Africa and beyond focusing on internal, regional and international migration patterns within Eastern Africa including projects related to poverty, climate change and more recently youth, employment, inclusive growth and migration among others. In addition, she supports countries to develop their national migration policies in line with the guiding principles outlined in the African Union, Migration Policy Framework for Africa (2018).
Dr. Oucho works in partnership with international institutions including University of Ghana, Open University and University of Uganda among others. She currently works closely with the Government of Kenya, Uganda and Malawi, linking research to policy through the National Coordination Mechanism for Migration (NCM). The NCM was established based on the recommendations from the Migration Profile of Kenya (2015). She has also undertaken consultancies with a number of international agencies including IOM, ICMPD, UNDP, GIZ, FAO, IDRC and FES among others. Furthermore, Dr Oucho also serves as an editorial board member for the International Migration Review (IMR) and is a Migration Research and Publishing High Level Advisor for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
Dr. Lothar Smith
Radboud University, Netherlands
Lothar Smith is assistant professor at the Department of Human Geography of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In research and education he takes a special interest in the globalization-development nexus for the global south, notably where this concerns the migration of people. In this capacity he also coordinates the Human Geography master specialization ‘Globalization, Migration and Development’.
Projects in which Lothar Smith is involved include a capacity building project supporting the development of a migration centre in Ghana to resolve the current imbalance in policy and academic debates on migration; a migration-climate change programme focusing on educational programmes (Lean-CC); the New Indonesian Frontiers programme; Remittances for Community Development, an initiative linking migrants to entrepreneurs in their countries of origin. Case studies: Bangladesh and Ghana; and TRANSCODE, a programme that takes a multi-stakeholder approach in exploring sustainable approaches connecting foreign based migrants, through transnational ties, to local development in the global South.
Recent publications: Transnational, reciprocal multi-stakeholder approaches to the migration-development nexus. Case study: the TRANSCODE programme (forthcoming, in Diversities, special issue on migration-development, co-authored with Baggio and van Naerssen); Gender, Remittances and Development in the Global South (ed. volume, forthcoming, co-edited with van Naerssen, Davids and Marchand); Aspirations to go: Understanding the bounded rationality of prospective migrants from Ghana (forthcoming, chapter in van der Velde & van Naerssen (eds.) Understanding migration: The thresholds approach (working title)); Transnational business investments in Accra: A discontinuity of economic and social affiliations? (2011, chapter in Faist et al. (eds.) The Development-Migration-Nexus: A Transnational Perspective on Changing Paradigms and Organizations); Migrants: suitable brokers of development? In: Development Issue (2009, co-authored with van Naerssen); Migrant investments in houses (2009, in TESG, co-authored with Mazzucato), Remittances versus migrants: disjointed flows in a globalizing world (2008, co-authored with Schapendonk, in Hebinck, Slootweg, & Smith (eds.) Tales of Development: People, Power and Space) and Locating a Ghanaian funeral: Remittances and Practices in a Transnational Context (2006, in Development & Change, co-authored with Mazzucato and Kabki).