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What kind of doctoral research on, in and with Africa takes place at King’s? How do King’s students critically reflect on the benefits and challenges of research in the continent? The Africa Research Group hosts an annual PhD forum to answer these questions and more with a showcase of some of the latest doctoral work on Africa from across the College.

As part of Africa Week, this year the online event features presentations by King's College London students introducing their PhD research, followed by questions and answers with the audience. The event is free and open to all.

Chair: Dr Kieran Mitton, Co-Chair of the Africa Research Group, Dept of War Studies.


To coordinate or not to coordinate?: DDR and Transitional Justice in post-conflict Cote d'Ivoire - Jessica Moody

Jessica is an ESRC-funded PhD candidate in the War Studies Department. Her research interests include DDR, transitional justice, and peacebuilding in West Africa, with a particular focus on Cote d'Ivoire, where she spent a year conducting field research in 2017 and 2018.


Bringing the personal back in: emotions and ethics in research - Hannah Goozee 

Hannah is a PhD candidate in the Department of War Studies. Her thesis analyses the politics of trauma in post-conflict environments, for which she undertook six months of research in South Africa. Hannah has recently published an article entitled 'Decolonizing Trauma with Frantz Fanon' in International Political Sociology.

Genocide Fiction in Dialogue with the International Criminal Tribunals: Narrating Transitional Justice in Rwanda and the Balkans - Anna Katilia

Anna is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at King's. Her interdisciplinary thesis due to be submitted in 2021 explores legal and creative responses to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and the Bosnian genocide, focusing on the goals of transitional justice, including truth, justice, healing and reconciliation.


Visual narratives and youth combatants in Sierra Leone and Liberia - Katy Thornton

Katy is an AHRC CDP-funded PhD candidate in the Department of War Studies working with the Imperial War Museum and the archive of British photographer Tim Hetherington. With a background in history, sociology and youth work, her research explores how young people in conflict construct narratives within visual cultures.


The Military in Nigerian politics - John Ubani

John Ubani Jr is a PhD student in the War Studies department. He is a "lawyer by day and a PhD student at night"! Using Nigeria as a case study, he is researching the factors that influence military governments to surrender power to elected civilian governments. John is a corporate lawyer. He has an LLB law degree from University College London, a postgraduate degree in law from the College of Law, London, and a master’s degree in African Studies (with distinction) from SOAS. When not practising law or studying at King’s, John is an avid football and cricket fan.


The Architecture of Violence: How the Urban Spaces of Johannesburg Shaped the Struggle Against Apartheid - Jente Althuis

Jente is a doctoral researcher at the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications, Department of War Studies. She specialises in urban conflict, protest and related urban security topics in African and Middle Eastern cities. She is currently working in Johannesburg, South Africa.


The role of leadership in curbing malnutrition for women living with hiv/aids amidst covid-19 pandemic – kenyan experience during total lockdown – Jane Rose Shakuri.

Jane Rose is a PhD candidate at the African Leadership Centre. She is funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Her research focuses on the food security of women living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya through use of nutrition-based interventions by incorporating a process-based leadership approach.



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