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Internal Fellows


Tshepo fellows are researchers who have research programs aligned with Tshepo's mission of promoting global awareness and excellence in knowledge development on African issues.


Bree Akesson (Associate Professor) Social Work and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Global Adversity and Wellbeing

Bree Akesson’s research focuses broadly on international social work, ranging from micro-level understandings of the experiences of children and families affected by war to macro-level studies on social service and mental health systems strengthening.

Robert Ame, Human Rights and Criminology (Director 2012-14)

Robert Ame's current projects include assessment of Ghana's juvenile justice system, a follow-up study of liberated trokosi women in Ghana and a human rights assessment of Ghana's mental health law.

Abderrahman Beggar, Religion and Culture

Abderrahman Beggar's academic research has been geographically centred in the Maghreb (North Africa), France, and the Americas. Dr. Beggar has authored and edited nine books, as well as a special edition of the Review of the Centre for the Studies of the Literatures and Arts of North Africa. He has written dozens of articles (both peer reviewed and non-peer-reviewed for a more popular audience) and has contributed to several edited volumes. He has also published a series of reflective essays on Latin America as a book called L’Amérique latine sous une perspective maghrébine (translated from the original French to English, Spanish, and Arabic), as well as two short stories and two full-length novels, Le chant de Goubi and L’oeil du chien.

Andrea Brown, Political Science (Associate Director 2016-20)

Andrea Brown's research addresses urban food security and governance in East Africa with special attention on gender and slums.

Lamine Diallo, Leadership (Co-director with Peter Farrugia 2008-10)

Lamine Diallo's central focus is in Leadership and Governance in general with a particular interest in issues of democratization, leadership and governance in the African continent.

John Boye Ejobowah, Global Studies

John Boye Ejobowah's research focuses on the political claims of groups and the normative responses. He is particularly interested in claims to citizenship, autonomy claims, and federal institutions. His primary area of focus is Nigeria.

Abdelfettah Elkchirid, Social Work

Abdelfettah Elkchirid has been involved with research in North Africa on issues related to African temporary migrants to Europe (mainly Moroccan). This researcher focuses on female migrants, and looks at the impact of the intersection of gender, cultural background, and migration status. In addition, he has been providing professional training and consultations to the Moroccan Social Workers Association on working with migrants and their families. In 2018 he received an award of distinction by World Refugee Day of Waterloo Region.

Jeff Grischow, History (Associate Director 2014-16)

Jeff Grischow's research theme include African history (Ghana), and comparative development studies. His research currently focuses on the history and lived experience of disability rights in Ghana.

M. Raymond Izarali, Criminology (Director 2010-12)

Raymond Izarali works in the area of international crime and justice. He has published on globalization as well as Canada’s foreign policy towards Africa. His current research focuses on the human and environmental harms of gas flaring in the Niger Delta, and crime and security in Africa. 

Oliver Masakure, Business Technology Management  Associate Director 2010-2012, Director 2014-2016, Associate Director 2020)

Oliver Masakure's research interests include development economics, health economics, and labour economics, with special emphasis on food security, food safety and food trade, innovation and technology, and employment practices in organizations.

Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy, Faculty of Social Work (Associate Director 2012-14)

Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy works on community based mental health, specifically mental health challenges faced by immigrants and visible minorities in the health care system. He is also involved with collaborative projects with the University of Ghana that include examining the media’s portrayal of mental illness in Ghana.

Thomas Rose, Human Rights and Human Diversity

Thomas Rose's academic research has been in the area of journalism and human rights, including the history of media development projects in West Africa, and his research has appeared in the Encyclopaedia of Human Rights and the Yale Journal of International Law.

Akbar Saeed, Business Technology Management (Director 2016-20)

Akbar Saeed's research areas include organizational routines, healthcare service quality, and humanitarian technologies. Currently, he is investigating how technology alters the way we understand ourselves and influences the way we operate in Africa.

Edward Shizha, Society, Culture and Environment, and Youth and Children's Studies

Edward Shizha's research areas include educational and political development in Zimbabwe and Zambia, and the support needs and wellbeing of Zimbabwean and Sudanese refugees to Canada.

Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Human Rights and Human Diversity (Director 2020 - present)

Stacey Wilson-Forsberg's research areas include immigration and multiculturalism. She is a qualitative researcher, aiming to promote and legitimize the voices of vulnerable and often invisible people as much as possible.

Matthew Wyman–McCarthy

Matthew Wyman-McCarthy is an accomplished historian and writer specializing in British Abolitionism and Global Empire in the Late Eighteenth Century. His esearch areas include: Atlantic history; slavery and the transatlantic slave trade; the history of race; and European imperialism in Africa. He served as a postdoctoral fellow in the department of history at Columbia University before joining Wilfrid Laurier University as a research facilitator.

Gerard Yun, Community Music 

Gerard Yun's scholarly and artistic interests include choral improvisation, contemplative music practice and ethics in cross-cultural music performance, shaped by interests in music education, choral singing and the intersections of music as a global phenomenon.


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