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External Fellows


Olabanji Akinola, Political Science - Algoma University 

Olabanji Akinola's expertise are mainly in the fields of Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Global Development. He also teaches introductory and advanced level courses in these fields.

Kofi Barimah, Director of Research - Ghana Technology University College 

Kofi Barimah's research focuses on the community psychology in Ghana, as well as the use of traditional medicine by Ghanaians.

Katherine Bruce-Lockhard, History - University of Waterloo

Katherine Bruce-Lockhard's research examines the legacies of colonial coercive institutions. Katherine is currently working on projects including an edited volume on the politics of knowledge production in Uganda, a comparative study of prisons in East Africa, projects on the police and military during Idi Amin’s presidency in Uganda, and a study that explores how prisons were reimagined in the Global South during the process of decolonization. Along with her research, Katherine has also worked on several archival restoration projects in Uganda, a reparations case between Kenyan citizens involved in the Mau Mau Rebellion and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and a report for the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions. 

Charles Gyan, Social Work - McGill University

Charles Gyan's scholarly interests lie in the areas of transnational social work practice, social policy, community development and gender issues. He also aims to maintain an active research agenda and have interest in collaborating with authors from other areas of interest who use varied methodologies.

Charles Kivunja, Humanities - University of New England

Charles Kivunja's research interests lie in foundational theories of learning, teaching and assessment (pedagogy), including multigrade pedagogy, and educational leadership, and he has supervised several doctoral theses to successful completion in these areas.

Sylvester Lamin, Social Work - St. Mary's University of Minnesota

Sylvester Lamin's research interests focus on law enforcement social work, and community policing, communities and organizations and macro social work expert.

Funke Oba, Social Work - Ryerson University

Funke Oba's research specializes in in Anti-Black Racism, Afrocentric Theory, Decolonizing Praxis,  Asset based Youth Engagement, Immigrants and Refugees, and North-South Collaborations/Social Work in Africa 

Chijioke Oji, Post-Doctoral Fellow - University of Waterloo

Chijioke Oji's current research focuses on developing innovative financing models for small and medium-scale renewable energy projects to alleviate the energy access challenge in developing countries and foster decentralized renewable energy production in developed and emerging economies.

Semie Sama, Assistant Professor - Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University

Semie Sama's current research examines laws and policy measures in both industrialized and non-industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ian Spears, Political Science - University of Guelph 

Ian Spearsinterests continue to focus on the twin issues of conflict resolution and state formation where, in collaboration with other scholars, he developed the concept of “states-within-states.” 

Elizabeth Opiyo Onyango, Postdoctoral Fellow - Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA)

Elizabeth’s research interests include population health and well-being in Kenya and the global south with a focus on economic and living standards issues, livelihoods and food insecurity, gender-based violence, youth development, maternal and child health issues and environmental health issues. As a development worker, Elizabeth has a wealth of knowledge and experience in designing and implementing community projects that target vulnerable groups.

Ahmadou Siendou Konate, Associate Professor - Universite Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Dr. Konate teaches courses on literature, culture and translation theory, criticism and practice. He received his B.A.and MA in American Studies (literature and civilization) from former University of Cocody now Felix Houphouet-Boigny University and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a concentration on African literature and culture, and translation studies  from Binghamton University in Upstate New York in the USA. Also, Dr. Konate is the Editor-in-Chief of to academic journals: Cahiers ivoiriens d’etudes comparees (CIEC)/Ivorian Journal of Comparative Studies and Acta Islamica: Revue d’etudes islamiques/Islamic Studies Review.


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