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The First Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in African Studies

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Guest Scholars

1st Cohort (2020-2022)
Dr. Lamine DOUMBIAHide

Postdoc Researcher
Institut Historique Allemand (IHA), Centre de Recherche sur les Politiques Sociales (CREPOS)

Dr. Lamine Doumbia is a postdoctoral fellow of the German Historical Institute Paris (DHIP) within the framework of the transnational research group "The Bureaucratisation of African Societies", based in Dakar at Centre de Recherche sur les Politiques Sociales (CREPOS).

His current research project examines "Land Governance and Bureaucratisation in Bamako, Ouagadougou and Dakar - Mimicry and Hybridisation of Logics".

This project echoes the themes of Lamine’s earlier research but adds an important aspect to the focus: Contrary to popular belief, it seeks to examine not only bureaucratisation on the part of the state, but also the bureaucratisations or bureaucratisation tendencies of those who engage with the state bureaucracy. Furthermore, Lamine analyses the use of bureaucratic technologies and digitalisation, and considers the urban land problem as part of the management of everyday crises in West Africa. From his perspective, diverse actors (individuals as well as federations, associations) use bureaucratic practices, official correspondences, social media and other digital technologies as creative forms of crisis management.

Lamine completed the degree programmes “Applied African Studies: Culture and Society of Africa” (BA) and “Cultural and Social Anthropology” (MA) at the University of Bayreuth. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Georg Klute and Prof. Dr. Mamadou Diawara, he completed his PhD in Anthropology at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) with a scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.


Workshop "The Partition of Africa – Social Anthropological Perspective" (2nd to 5th July 2021)


Contact: fakoly.doumbia@gmail.com

Dr. Cornelius Were OKELLOHide

Chairman and Lecturer at the Department of Environmental Sciences
Machakos University, Kenya

Dr. Cornelius Okello is the Chairman and Lecturer at Department of Environmental Sciences, Machakos University. He is also an associate at University of Nairobi’s Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation. He is an environmental scientist with a joint Erasmus Mundus doctoral degree in Marine and Coastal Management from University of Cadiz (Spain) and University of Bologna (Italy) and expert in climate change and freshwater resources. He also has a Joint European Masters in Water and Coastal Management from the University of Plymouth and Universidad de Cadiz. He has extensive experience in teaching, research, management projects, environmental impact assessments and audits, and working in multicultural organizations. Dr. Okello is a recipient on several research grants including National Geographic Society and Global Center on Adaptation. He is currently undertaking research on use of natural infrastructure to adapt to climate change in water sector of delta areas. He has also authored several articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals, with further author credits in three UNEP publications.


Workshop “An Introductory Look at the Geography of Africa (12th to 23rd July 2021)


Contact: cbokello@gmail.com

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