Associate Researcher and PHD Candidates

  • Yasmin ZAERPOOR

Title/affiliation:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Environmental Policy and Planning

Demand for water is increasing globally due to population growth and rising per capita use, while supply of water remains limited and, in the face of climate change, increasingly uncertain. Of the 286 river basins in the world, less than half have established treaties. Of the agreements that do exist, the majority are bilateral – even when there are more than two countries within a river basin. At its core, the challenge of achieving multilateral transboundary water agreements is a collective action problem. The challenge is to encourage sovereign actors to cooperate in order to reach an outcome that will be in their collective (and usually long-term) interest, even when it is against their rational (and short-term) self-interest.

Yasmin Zaerpoor, a PhD Candidate in Environmental Policy and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is interested in understanding how countries negotiate to arrive at equitable and sustainable natural resource governance outcomes. More specifically, her research focuses on the role of state- and non-state actors in overcoming the barriers to cooperation in the ongoing negotiations on water use in the Eastern Nile, with a focus on Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.


  • Paul HAYES

Title/affiliation:  Australian National University, Department of Anthropology

Paul Hayes is a PhD candidate from the Australian National University. He is undertaking 12 months’ fieldwork in Sudan with the support of CEDEJ. For his PhD in anthropology, he is studying the emergence and practice of wrestling in Khartoum’s East Nile district, as a window into broader processes of ethnic and national identity-making.



Title/affiliation: research fellow in political economy at the French National Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), and work at the PRODIG Joint Research Unit (CNRS, Universities Paris 1-4-7, IRD, EPHE, AgroParisTech).


She has investigated patterns of Islamist hegemony in Sudan for ten years. She has conduce an in-depth study of alliances Sudanese Islamists have constructed with specific segments of the Sudanese society. She has published several papers on such issue. Raphaëlle is currently working on the issue of conflicts related to the access and exploitation of natural resources in Swahilian and Northern Africa (mainly Sudan, Chad and Morocco). In Sudan she studies the implementation of new economic policies toward agriculture and extractives activities. She also focus on trade circulations linked to those activities. Her researches take part of two broader projects;  one compares contemporary extractive dynamics in Sahelian and Northern Africa countries, and the other focuses on the Nile Valley and tries to understand how economic actors (“formal” and “informal”) thrive in a widely deteriorated political-economic environment.

Main recent publications:

avec A. Franck (2017), « Le Soudan après 2011 » in J. Andrieu (Dir.), Sahel, Sahara, Afrique du Nord : un environnement, des sociétés, un territoire, coll. Manuel CAPES/AGREG, Ellipses.

(2017), « Importing goods to Khartoum: traders between Sudan, China and Dubaï » in Röschenthaler U. et Jedlowski A. (eds.), Mobility Between Africa, Asia and Latin America: Economic Networks and Cultural Interactions,(London: Zed Books)).

(2017) « Charity and Commercial Success as Vectors of Asymmetry and Inequality: The Unconceptualised Elements of Development in Islamist Sudan during the First Republic », in B. Hibou et I. Bono (eds.), Development as a Battlefield, Leiden, Brill Nijhoff.

(2016) « Les commerçants zaghawa du Darfour (Soudan): des passeurs de frontières ». Territoire en Mouvement, 29.

(2016) ’The Gold Boom in Sudan. Challenges and Opportunities for National Players’, International Development Policy, 7.1.



Title/affiliation: University of Khartoum – Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology

Netsereab Ghebremichael Andom holds a PhD from the University of Khartoum – Department of Sociology & Social Anthropology. As a former Eritrean refugee (1985-1991) in Eastern Sudan, his area of interest has remained on “migration studies.” Having completed his B.A degree in Sociology from the University of Asmara in 2000, he did his BSc (Hon) and MSc in Sociology from the University of Natal (Republic of South Africa) in 2003 and end of 2004, respectively.  His Master’s thesis was on “Socio-Economic Re-Integration of Refugee Returnees in Eritrea: the case of PROFERI Project in Dige Sub-Zone.” Disturbed by the massive youth “exodus” that post-2000 Eritrea witnessed, his PhD project focused on Irregular Youth Migration from Post-Independence Eritrea to the Sudan (1993-2013): Causes, Implications and Trendswhere he conducted a cross-national field work both in the migrant producing and receiving/transit-countries. While this study was chiefly funded by the National Board of Higher Education of the State of Eritrea, it also partly benefited from a generous sponsorship from French Research Centre for Social Sciences. Apart from working as an independent consultant to various international and national NGOs operating in Eritrea (notably UNHCR, NCA and NUEYS), he has worked as a lecturer for eight years in various Eritrean institutes of higher learning. From 2014 to 2016, he also worked as a part-time lecturer at the University of Medical Sciences and Technology (Khartoum), Faculty of Economic, Social and Environmental Studies.


  • Katarzyna GRABSKA :

Title/affiliation: Senior Research Fellow at the Global Migration Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

She received her PhD in Development Studies/Anthropology from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK. Her research focuses on gender, generation, youth, displacement, refuges, return, and identities. For her PhD, she analyzed social transformations in the context of forced displacement and return among southern Sudanese refugees. She is particularly interested in intersections of power, gender identities and gender and generational relations in forced displacement situations and the impact of (forced) migration on youth. Recently, she has been developing a strand of work around narratives of displacement and refugeeness, and urban displacement.

Prior to entering academia, Kasia worked and researched in the humanitarian field on issues of human rights, migration, and refugees in Guinea, Cambodia and Vietnam. She then moved in Egypt where she engaged in research among urban refugees. Consequently, she carried out research in Lebanon, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, and South Sudan, refugee livelihoods, access to rights, social transformations and displacement, and adolescent girls’ migration in the Middle East and East Africa. Kasia used visual media, feminist methodologies, and participatory methodologies in fieldwork. Since 2002, she has been carrying out a longitudinal study of gender relation transformations among Nuer from South Sudan in Egypt, Kenya, South Sudan and in Khartoum. She recently completed a three year long research analyzing adolescent girls migration and displacement in Sudan. Grabska published widely in academic journals as well as has made documentary films. Her most recent film was made in collaboration with a team of researchers and filmmakers, and is called Time to look at girls: migrants in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. The long version of the film, 2 Girls, has been awarded several prizes at international film festivals, including the First Prize for the best Italian Documentary at the RIFF (Rome, December 2016) and the Grand Prix for the Best Foreign Film at 7th HumanDoc International Documentary Film Festival (Warsaw, November 2016), Tiburon International Film Festival Grand Prix 2017, etc.. Kasia is the author of Gender, Identity and Home: Nuer repatriation to South Sudan (2014) which received the Armory Talbot Prize in 2015 and co-editor of Forced Migration: Why Rights Matter? (2008).


Grabska, K, de Regt, M and del Franco, N (In preparation) – Transitions into adulthood: adolescent girls’ migration in the Global South, Palgrave Macmillan.

(2014) Grabska, K. – Gender, identity home: Nuer repatriation to Southern Sudan, James Currey: Oxford.

(2008) Grabska, K and Mehta. L (eds)–Forced Displacement: Why Rights Matter?, Palgrave MacMillan: London.

Articles in refereed journals:

(2016) “South Sudanese in Khartoum: The House in Amarat” (with Peter Miller), Egypte/Monde Arabe (In Press), vol. 14.

(2015) “Flight and Exile: Uncertainty in the context of conflict-induced displacement”, co-author with Cindy Horst, Social Analysis, vol. 59(1)

(2015) ‘And when I become a man’: trans-local coping with precariousness and uncertainty among returnee men in South Sudan’,  co-author with Martha Fanjoy, Social Analysis, vol.59(1)


  • Dr. Enrico ILLE

Title/affiliation: independent researcher, member of the Law, Organization, Science and Technology (LOST) Research Group

Enrico Ille has a doctoral degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Halle, Germany, and is a member of the Law, Organization, Science and Technology (LOST) Research Network. After holding positions as Assistant Professor at the Martin Luther University of Halle and at Ahfad University for Women, Sudan, he is currently Urgent Anthropology Fellow (The British Museum / Royal Anthropological Institute, London) with research on supply chains involving date production along the Nile in northern Sudan. He co-edited the volume Emerging orders in the Sudans (with Sandra Calkins and Richard Rottenburg, Langaa 2014) and published an annotated bibliography and a number of journal and book articles on the Nuba Mountains, discussing history, land issues and political economy, as well as development initiatives for agricultural production and water supply. His general research interest is the relation of state institutions, companies and communities in mineral resource extraction and food supply chains throughout Sudan.

Main publications

2016. Political, financial and moral aspects of Sudan’s private higher education. InRethinking private higher education. Ethnographic perspectives, edited by Daniele Cantini. Leiden: Brill, 98-130

2016. Complications in the classification of conflict areas and conflict actors for the identification of ‘conflict gold’ from Sudan.The Extractive Industries and Society 3, 193-203. DOI:10.1016/j.exis.2015.12.005.

2015. The Nuba Mountains between coercion and persuasion during Mahdist rule (1881-1898).Northeast Africa Studies15 (2): 1-63.

2015 .‘But they can’t manage to silence us’: Mahjoub Sharif’s prison poem ‘A homesick sparrow’ (1990) as resistance to political confinement.Middle East – Topics & Arguments5, 117-130. DOI: 10.17192/meta.2015.5.3520.

2015. (with Sandra Calkins, Siri Lamoureaux, Richard Rottenburg). Rethinking institutional orders in Sudan Studies: the case of land access in Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur. Canadian Journal of African Studies 49 (1): 175-195.

2015. An annotated bibliography of social research on the Nuba Mountains. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute


  • Susanne JASPARS

Susanne Jaspars is a Research Associate at the Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London, and at the LSE Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit, as well as with CEDEJ-Khartoum.  Her research focusses on the social and political dynamics of food security, livelihoods and nutrition in situations of famine, conflict and disasters, and more recently on the political and humanitarian dimension of migration to Europe.  Susanne completed a PhD in Politics at the University of Bristol in 2016, on the history and politics of food aid in Sudan, which was published as a book in 2018 (see below).  She previously completed an MSc in Human Nutrition (in 1986).  Between completing her MSc and PhD, Sudanne worked for 25 years as practitioner and applied researcher, including as a Senior Research Fellow at ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group.  As practitioner she worked for Medecins sans Frontieres (Holland), Oxfam-GB, UNHCR, WFP and others. Susanne’s geographical expertise is in the Horn and East Africa, particularly Sudan.  Susanne has published a number of books, academic articles and policy reports, and is on the editorial board of Disasters journal and the executive committee of the International Humanitarian Studies Association.

Recent books

Jaspars, S. (2018). Food aid in Sudan.A History of Power, Politics and Profit. London: Zed Books.


Jaspars, S (2020). Protracted crisis, food security and the fantasy of resilience. Accepted by Security Dialogue. To be published online June 2020.

Jaspars, S., Buchanan-Smith and Abdul-Jalil (2020).  Darfuri journeys to Europe: causes, risks and humanitarian abandonment.  Accepted by International Migration.  To be published online from June 2020.

Jaspars, S. (2018).  The state, inequality, and the political economy of long-term food aid in Sudan.  African Affairs, 117 (469): 592-612.

Policy reports

Jaspars, S., Adan, G. Majid, N. (2020).  Food and Power in Somalia: Business as Usual?  LSE Monograph.  Conflict Research Programme.  London: LSE.

Jaspars, S. (2019).  A role of social nutrition in strengthening accountability for mass starvation?  World Peace Foundation Occasional Paper 20, Tufts University. Boston.

Jaspars, S and Buchanan-Smith, M. (2018). Darfuri migration from Sudan to Europe: From displacement to despair.  Overseas Development Institute and EU Trust Fund Research and Evidence Facility. 


Jaspars, S and Shutta, B. (2020).  One year on: Sudan’s Fragile Humanitarian Situation.

Jaspars, S. (2020). Going remote: learning from aid practices in Somalia and Sudan for the Covid-19 crisis.  (also translated into Arabic).



Title/affiliation: Research Fellow of the CNRS (French national centre for scientific research), affiliated with the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne and the IMAF (Institut des Mondes Africains)

Elena Vezzadini is a historian of colonial Sudanese history. She is a research fellow at the French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS), affiliated with the Institute of African Worlds (IMAF), Centre Malher, and the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne. She was trained in modern history and literature at the University of Bologna, Italy, and the University of Arras, France, and she obtained her PhD in History at the University of Bergen, Norway. She has taught a variety of courses on both African History and the History of Modern Middle East in France, Norway, Sweden and Italy.

Her research has focused on the development of a nationalist movement in Sudan after the First World War, with a double focus: first, the ‘global moment’ of anti-colonial unrest that shook the imperial world after the First World War; and second, the social history of the nationalist movement entwined into such a global moment. She has crossed life stories and larger social dynamics, such as changes in labour and economy, education, and the army.

Her more recent works have explored the period of the independence of Sudan on a variety of topics, with sources mostly drawn from the Sudanese print culture: the development of trade unions and of a syndicalist movement; the links between romantic companionship, modernity, ideals of love, and politics; and the gendering of emotions through the press in discourses about the role of women in Sudan.

Research interests, Keywords

Nationalism, social history, the army, labour, education, trade unionism, history of affects, Sudanese print culture

Recent/main publications

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  • Barbara CASCIARRI

Title/affiliation: Associated Professor, Département de Sociologie et d’Anthropologie, Université Saint-Denis Paris 8 (France)

Barbara Casciarri holds a PhD in Ethnology and Social Anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (France). She did fieldwork on economic and political anthropology in Sudan (1989-2016) among Arabic-speaking pastoralists and in a working-class neighbourhood of Khartoum (Deim), and in Morocco (2000-2006) on the relationship between Berber-speaking nomads and Arabic-speaking farmers. She was coordinator of the cedej in Khartoum between 2006 and 2009. Since 2004, she has been Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, University Paris 8 (France) and researcher at the lavue-umr 7218. She has been scientific coordinator of two anr Projects in Sudan: wamakhair (2008-2012) and andromaque (2011-2014). Since 2009, she has been responsible for the scientific agreement between the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Khartoum, and Paris 8 University

Research issues

-Socio-economic transformation of pastoral and peasant societies in arid zone of Africa.

-Practices and politics in access to water and land among rural groups of the global South.

-Kinship, politics, tribal structures and identity processes in the Arab-Muslim world.

-Legal practices and interactions between customary law and Islamic law.

-Urban natures and urbanization dynamics in the context of neoliberal globalization.

-Fieldworks: Sudan, Morocco, France, Italy.

Main Publications

Edited works:

2018 (forthcoming) Anthropology of Law in Muslim Sudan. Land, Courts and the Plurality of Practices, Brill, Leiden Studies in Islam and Society (with M A Babiker).

2015 Multidimensional Change in Sudan (1989-2011). Reshaping livelihoods, conflicts and identities, Oxford/New York, Berghahn Books (with M Assal & F Ireton).

2013 Anthropologie et eau(x), special issue Journal des anthropologues, 132-133 (with M Van Aken).

Recent articles and chapters:

2016 « Les Ait Unzâr du Sud-est marocain et ‘l’invention’ du moussem de Si Lmedani (2003-2006) », in Dupret, B., Ferrié J.-N., Boutaleb, A. & Z. Rhani (eds.), Le Maroc au présent. D’une époque à l’autre, une société en mutation, Centre Jacques Berque/Fondation Abdulaziz, Rabat/Casablanca : 497-508

2016  « Etre, devenir et ne plus être janûbi : sur quelques parcours de l’identité ‘sudiste’ entre le CPA et l’après 2011 dans un quartier populaire de Khartoum (Deim) », Egypte/Monde Arabe, 14.

2015 « Ethnographie des pratiques légales autour de la revendication des droits fonciers chez les groupes pastoraux de l’Etat de Khartoum », L’année du Maghreb, Dossier XIII : Pratiques du droit et propriété au Maghreb : 39-60.

2015  « De l’altérité et de l’invisibilité des groupes pastoraux au Soudan. Repenser les études soudanaises en partant de leurs marges mobiles », Rethninking Sudanese Studies after the independance of South Sudan, special issue Canadian Journal of African Studies, 49, 1 : 147-173.



Title/affiliation:  Azza Ahmed Abdel Aziz holds a Ph. D in Social Anthropology, with a special focus on Medical Anthropology, gained from the department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Her research interests focus on cultural understandings of health and well-being, which largely feature an exploration of the interface between such understandings and biomedical configurations of health. Azza’s  work pivots on how different individuals and groups access health and understand well-being on a continuum ranging from therapeutics based on cultural beliefs, sensory experience,  bodily memory and those based on scientific epistemologies and biomedicine. She has in-depth experience working on these issues among individuals and groups of people whose lives have been subject to experiences of movement/migration in different forms.

In London she has worked closely with migrants in situations of cultural and psycho-social dislocation, and refugees who have been subjected to torture. During previous extensive research she has explored the socio-cultural and therapeutic modalities that southern Sudanese populations deploy to negotiate forced internal displacement in Sudan.

Azza is currently conducting field research among diverse southern populations residing in Khartoum in light of their altered legal status – as non citizens within the republic of Sudan – after the creation of the Republic of South Sudan in July 2011. She is equally conducting multi-sited research on diverse migration trends- among diverse groups- that exist within the Sudanese landscape.


  • Laure CROMBÉ

Title/affiliation:  independent researchertitle/affiliation: Independent researcher, Doctor in Geography, (University of Paris Ouest/University of Fribourg).

Laure Crombé defended her PhD thesis in geography in 2017. She spent one year and a half in Sudan thanks to CEDEJ-K scholarship (AMI 2010-2011) working on water supply in peripheral districts of Omdurman. After this long-term fieldwork, she joined first University of Fribourg (2012-2013), then the Canada Research Chair in Water and Urbanization (2013-2014- University of Montreal, Quebec). Her PhD research focuses on urban water supply and access in Khartoum at the local level. With a double theoretical background (francophone geography and anglo-american radical political ecology) articulated around the concept of scales, she studied local water systems’ transformations in western urban peripheries of Khartoum in relation with neoliberal reforms. Her researches open on the links between space and power. She is interested in changes and negotiations in socio-technical systems and how these systems are part of re-production of norms, development models, spatial categories and so of dominant order.

Main publications:

CROMBÉ L -forthcoming- « Scaling urban water supply and acces : scales as a contested tool in urban theory », special issue of WIREs-WATER; Mobilizing scale in water research: limits and potential

CROMBÉ L, (with SAULOUP G) -2016- « Autoritarisme, hybridation et pratiques du pouvoir dans le Grand Khartoum : une étude des services de l’eau et du commerce de rue», L’espace Politique, 30/2016-3

CROMBÉ L – 2014- Book review of « Political waters. Governmental water management and neoliberal reforms in Khartoum/Sudan, LIT-Verlag. 2010, A.S Beckedorf”, Geographica Helvetica 69

CROMBÉ L, (with BLANCHON D) – 2010- « Les réseaux à la reconquête de la ville. Le cas de Khartoum, Soudan». Bulletin de l’association des géographes français. BAGF Décembre, pp. 517-533

CROMBÉ L -2009- « “Building Khartoum’s Future” ?: Urbanisation et Dubaïsation à Khartoum », Mensuelles, mai



Atta El-Battahani is a Professor in Political Science, Political Economy; educated at Khartoum University (Sudan) and Sussex University (Britain). Earlier, he served as Head Department of Political Science, Faculty of Economics, University of Khartoum; as Manager and Senior Advisor for International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Sudan.

He has extensive research experience and has published on Development Impact of Ethnic and Religious Conflicts in African Societies; Governance and state institutional reform in Africa and the Middle East; conflict and Cooperation in the Nile Valley; Gender Politics; Peripheral Capitalism and Political Islam;  Elections and Political Transitions, and Democracy Deficit in the Arab World.

El-Battahani is Editor-in-Chief of Sudan Journal of Economic and Social Studies.



Jan Záhořík, (1979) holds a Ph.D. in African Studies from Charles University. His research focus includes modern and contemporary history and politics on Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa, Czech-African and European-African relations, conflicts in Africa, and Cold War in Africa. He has published several books and dozens of articles and book chapters, the latest being “The Horn of Africa since the 1960s: Local and International Politics Intertwined” (New York: Routledge, co-edited with Aleksi Ylonen).


  • Anaël POUSSIER

Title/affiliation: PHD candidate from the University Sorbonne – Paris 1

Anael Poussier is a doctoral candidate from the University Sorbonne – Paris 1, working under the under the supervision of Pierre Vermeren (University Sorbonne Paris 1 – IMAF) on the the history of the Mahdiyya (1880-1898). His PhD thesis attempts to analyse the socio-economic factors that defined the mobilization of the Sudanese population in favor of the Mahdist regime, with a particular emphasis on the Eastern Sudan. More broadly, his interests span the pre-colonial economic history of the Sub-Saharan belt and the various forms of social mobilization in this region during the XIXth century.


  • Anne-Laure MAHÉ

Title/affiliation: PhD Candidate in Political science at the Université de Montréal and the Montreal Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM)

Anne-Laure Mahé est candidate au doctorat en science politique à l’Université de Montréal et chercheuse au Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales (CÉRIUM). Sa thèse, en cours de rédaction sous la direction du professeur Mamoudou Gazibo, vise à mettre en évidence les mécanismes de la résilience autoritaire au Soudan. Elle démontre à travers l’analyse d’une politique de développement mise en place dans l’un des états fédérés comment la domination de l’État central est produite et négociée au niveau local. Ses intérêts de recherches portent de façon plus générale sur le rôle des institutions infranationales et des politiques participatives dans les régimes non-démocratiques. Dans le cadre de son doctorat, elle a effectué deux séjours de recherche au Centre d’études et de documentation économiques, juridiques et sociales à Khartoum (CEDEJ-K). Elle est diplômée de Sciences Po Bordeaux (France).

Anne-Laure Mahé is a PhD Candidate in Political science at the Université de Montréal and the Montreal Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM). She is currently writing her dissertation under the supervision of Pr. MamoudouGazibo. Her dissertation aims to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of authoritarian resiliency in Sudan. Through an analysis of a development policy implemented in one of the federated states, she demonstrates how the central state’s domination is producted and negotiated at the local level. Her research interests focus more generally on the role of subnational institutions and participatory devices in non-democratic regimes. She has completed field research in Sudan with the support of the Centre for social, legal and economic studies and documentation in Khartoum (CEDEJ-K). She holds a Master’s degree in political science from Sciences Po Bordeaux (France).



Hind Mahmoud Yousif Hussein is currently  a Ph.D. candidate in Ahfad University for Women at Sustainable Rural Development Programme ,  particular interest in adolescents livelihood strategies, urbanization and vulnerability.  She holds a master’s  degree in gender and development obtain from Ahfad university for women, she represented Sudan in Fistula meeting that held Kampala 2006 . recently 2016 published in Égypte/Monde arabe: Dismantling Processes in the Sudanese Public Health Services Sector ,The Case of Dr Abbo’s Fistula Centre.

Between 2012-2014 She was a Research Associate at the  Gender Unit, Development Studies and Research Institute University of Khartoum.

Training Coordinator (TOT) with Engender Health Organization  for women health providers. Responsible of providing counselling training.

She is a pparticipant in the  project Metropolisation  and in between spaces Stakeholders, dynamics of power and identity reconfigurations in the Greater Khartoum. developed by CEDEJ jointly carry out by METRO 2 SOUDAN Research Program , and Khartoum University. Funded by Paris Aids.

Hind  organised  campaigns to raise fund for Abbo Fistula centre , Suba for children  hospital , Jaffar Ibn Ouf children hospital , Alfath Secondary schools .


  • Harry CROSS

Title/affiliation: PhD Candidate at Durham

Harry Cross is researching banking and finance in Sudan in the decades immediately post-independence (1956-1970). He is particularly interested in how political elites interact with the financial sector, and the relationship between finance and the post-colonial state.

The period he is studying follows 50 years of Anglo-Egyptian rule in Sudan during which banking was dominated by expatriate firms, and precedes the rising importance both of official international creditors and Islamic Banking exported from the Gulf. Consequently, he is seeking to explore an under-researched period that saw domestic Sudanese experiments with banking and finance, in the form of private Sudanese-owned commercial banks, state investment banks, central banking and the wholesale nationalisation of the Sudanese banking sector in 1970.

Harry Cross is particularly interested in linking up with researchers investigating the political economy of banking and finance elsewhere in the region, or further afield, as well as developing inter-disciplinary links with researchers in economics, political science and geography.



Title/affiliation: PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Maastricht University

She is currently doing his doctorate on transnational social protection. How Sudanese migrants in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and their families in Sudan use social protection, locally and transnationally.

In Sudan, CEDEJ Khartoum will support her fieldwork.

Here is a brief extract of Ester Serra Mingot’s research plan:

« This study, thus, investigates how Sudanese migrants in the Netherlands and the UK, and their families, in Sudan, make use of different forms of social protection, locally and across borders. I will do this by answering the main research question:
“How do Sudanese migrants in the Netherlands and the UK and their families in Sudan make use of different forms of social protection, locally and across borders?”

In order to answer this question, four sub-questions have been identified:

What forms of social protection do Sudanese transnational families use, in order to receive and provide protection?

Are different forms of social protection used to address different needs, and if so how?

What factors of receiving country contexts influence the forms of social protection used?

How do the different forms of social protection affect the relationships between the migrants and their families ‘back home’? »


  • Matthew STEELE

Title/affiliation: PHD candidate in Islamic Studies at Harvard University

Matthew Steele is a Ph.D student in Islamic Studies at Harvard University.  He researches jurisprudence and knowledge production in West and North Africa, with a particular focus on the intellectual history, texts, and communities that shaped legal scholarship from the 18th to early 20th centuries.  Matthew has previously conducted fieldwork in Yemen, Morocco, Mauritania, and Senegal.  He received his undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College and Master’s degree at Dartmouth College, where his work on customary law in Yemen was awarded the outstanding graduate thesis of 2012.

In Sudan, Matthew is serving as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Khartoum’s Department of Islamic Studies for the 2014/2015 academic year.  His current research project considers the development of Maliki and Shafi’I legal thought in Sudan, addressing how each of these two juridical schools developed epistemologies, institutions, and textual communities of learning that have not been adequately studied in scholarship on Islam in Sudan.

Main Publications:

“Text, Body and Law: Naked Prayer in the Commentaries of the Mukhtasar Khalil,” Journal of the Middle East and Africa 8.3 (2017).

Main Conferences papers and presentations:

Shanāqiṭa of Mecca and Medina: Knowledge Production in Islamic Africa and the Early Modern Hijaz. Paper to be presented at “Makkah and the Hejaz in the Imperial-era: Migrations and Scholarly Networks in the 19th & 20th Centuries,” King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), 06 December 2017.

Of Memory and Mukhtasars: The Making of a Community and Text in Sudan. Presented to be presented at Annual Meeting of American Anthropology Association, Washington, DC, 30 November 2017.

An Azawadi in `Atbara: Reading the Western Sahel in 19th Century Sudan. Presented at Annual Meeting of African Studies Association, Chicago, IL, 17 November 2017.

The Khalil and Commentary: The Making of Legal Literary Canon in West Africa. Paper presented at “Texts, Knowledge, Practice: Scholarship in Muslim Africa,” Harvard University, 17 February 2017.

Shinqiti Scholar and Zaydi Imam: Knowledge Transmission in Pre-Modern Sahel. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of African Studies Association, Washington, DC, 03 December 2016.

Reading Circles, Canonization, and Making of Community: Ethnography of a Text’s Transmission in Sudan. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN, 16 November 2016.

Mastering Law or Experiencing God?  Scholasticism, Fiqh, and Religious Expression in Pre Colonial Sudan. Paper presented at American Academy of Religion Pacific Northwest Conference, Moscow, ID, 21 May 2016.

Shafi`i Students, Maliki Scholars, and Hanafi Laws: The Making of Juridical Authority in Early 20th Century Sudan. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA, 23 November 2015.

Intellectual History Without Law?  Sudan and Legal Literature in the Early Modern Period. Paper presented at Harvard University’s Workshop on Arabic & Islamic Studies (WAIS), Cambridge, MA, 14 October 2015.

Law as Commentary: Glossation and the Making of Juridical Scholarship in 19th Century Sudan. Paper presented at Knowing Islam: Interdisciplinary Seminar on Muslim Epistemology, University of Michigan, 28 August, 2015.

Nazala min al-Shinqit wa Wasala ila al-Tayshit? Tatawarat `Ilm al-Fiqh fi al-Sudan [Arrived from the Shinqit and returned to Tayshit? The Development of Juridical Knowledge in Sudan]. Invited lecture given in Arabic, Department of Islamic Studies, University of Khartoum (Sudan), 25 January 2015.

Engendering the Law? Situating Methodology in Islamic Seminary Studies and Fiqh Literature in Sudan.  Invited lecture given to Research Workshop, Centre d’Etudes et de Documentation Economiques, Juridiques et Sociales (CEDEJ – Khartoum), 07 January 2015.


  • Nathalie E. COSTE

Title/affiliation: PhD candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris)

She graduated from Sciences Po’s Research Master’s Degree in Political Science of International Relations in 2012. Her Master’s thesis focused on secessionist dynamics and state-building in Sudan and South Sudan.

She holds a scholarship position (doctoral contract, 2012-2015) and is a junior course lecturer (allocataire-monitrice) at Sciences Po Paris while advancing her PhD research.

The latter focuses on the impacts of (in)opportune interactions between local, regional and global stakeholders on separatism in Africa. It investigates the case of the Sudan(s), from 2002 to 2011. She wonders how come the creation of a new state ended up to be the only considered geopolitical solution to a civil conflict whose roots could, though, be accounted for by the nature of the institutional and political Sudanese state apparatus. It finally tries to highlight some of the paradoxes that one could identify by confronting local and international attitudes and processes.


  • Maaï YOUSSEF

Title/affiliation: PHD candidate from the University Sorbonne- Paris 1

After a first master’s degree in medieval african history in 2010 (CEMAf, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Maaï Youssef holds a second master’s degree in sociology in 2014. Part of the Economic Crises, Migration and Development program in Egypt (ECOMIG), her research was focused on the syrian and sudanese refugees’ situation since 2011. The CEDEJ in Khartoum welcomed her for a short fieldwork there in march 2014. She was researching genesis of transnational networks of the sudanese political opposition of Darfur and Kordofan, that she was focused on in Cairo. She discussed her research during an helpful seminar at CEDEJ. She conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Sudan and Turkey. She is now researching comparatively the effects of the political context on syrian exiles in Egypt and Turkey, and keep a deep interest on the Sudanese case in an historical perspective. She is currently working on political commitment and transnational networks during an exile into an authoritarian context. Her PhD research is funded by Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.


  • Philippe GOUT

Title/affiliation: PHD candidate  in international law at the Institute of Higher International Studies (Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas University).

His research relates to The Protection of Minorities in Peacebuilding Process and mainly addresses ethnic groups. Relying on a regional approach, Philippe essentially focuses on the African context and on the legal innovations of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

His research brings closer two different issues: Peacebuilding – which is often equated to the new legal and controversial concept of jus post bellum – and the law of minorities. So as to associate these two issues into one comprehensive study, the research combines two objectivist approaches to international law: the sociological approach (G. Scelle) and the more recent democratic approach to international law (built upon J. Habermas’ thought).

Starting with Sudan as his main field research, Philippe intends to widen the scope of his study to Sudan’s surrounding States in order to challenge the classic legal dichotomy between international and internal armed conflicts. In so doing, the research aims at testing the consistency of the new legal concept of jus post bellum and at determining the nature and scope of the legal responsibility and accountability of peacebuilding stakeholders: from local tribal units to international organizations’ agencies.

The research otherwise aims at determining the extent to which international and regional legal systems rely on traditional laws of ethnic – and religious – groups in an attempt to uphold the peace building process.  It notably tries to determine whether ethnic units can be granted collective status and rights additional to standard individual minority rights. It finally calls into question the international legal personality of ethnic minorities in the African regional legal context (either as legal or natural person).

After two experiences within the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (Office of the Prosecutor) and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (Trial Chamber), Philippe was granted a scholarship by CEDEJ and is now carrying Ph.D research in Sudan. He is also a contributor to the Andromaque-Sudan Project (ANR – CJB) related to The Anthropology of Law in African and Asian Muslim Worlds: The Sudan. 



Title/affiliation: PHD candidate from Khartoum University

Bashir El Shariff Hamed Makkenn is PHD candidate in political science university of Khartoum where he hold his MSC Degree in International Relations. His research focusing on religious groups in international relations. His current PHD project about religious groups crossing the borders in middle East such as Hizb Allah. He was working in Omdurman university department of political science where he graduated. His current working project is about dynamics of political Islam movement.


  • Matthew BENSON

Title/affiliation: PhD candidate in Durham University’s Department of History

Matthew Benson is a PhD candidate in Durham University’s Department of History and has joined CEDEJ-Khartoum as a new Associate. His research combines descriptive statistics with an analysis of archival sources to examine how people have experienced, and shaped, public authority in South Sudan & Sudan by complying or contesting taxes in the country.

This research builds on Matthew’s experience examining the links between tax and state-building in post-CPA South Sudan, and the political economy of tax reforms in post-conflict countries more broadly, with the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. It is also informed by field postings in South Sudan with Crown Agents and Sudan with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Matthew has also conducted field research in Uganda and undertaken research assignments with the Overseas Development Institute, the World Bank, the UN Refugee Agency and Oxfam America.

Matthew is currently researching relevant files in the National Records Office and will also be giving a presentation on his research at the University of Khartoum on 15 June 2017 (location TBA)


  • Lucie REVILLA

Title/affiliation: PhD candidate student in Political Sociology affiliated to Sciences Po Bordeaux

She adopts a comparative perspective (Khartoum-Lagos), focusing on the following topics: the construction of social authority in popular areas, the role of grassroot organizations (“traditional” and governmental) in urban local governments through their policing practices and their effects in terms of production of order and everyday justice at the scale of the neighborhood. From a bottom-up approach, she studies how popular areas are governed and how social behaviors are normed in two major African metropolises, raising some issues such as: Which diversity of actors is revealed? How these areas are ordered and how the social relationships are shaped by the inhabitants in relation to the state? What does power relationships tell us about the urban local authorities? She particularly compares the overlapping of local authorities between traditional rulers (baale and balogun in Lagos; ‘omda, nazir and shyukh in Khartoum) and local governmental organizations (Community Development Associations in Lagos, popular committees in Khartoum).



Title/affiliation:  Assistant Professeur at University of Siegen, Department of Sociology

Siri Lamoureaux is an anthropologist and has carried out fieldwork in Sudan, with a focus on the Nuba Mountains since 2008. Her projects have included social and religious movements, language and literacy, sexual violence, digital activism and ethnic identity. Her PhD (2017) focused on an indigenous Christian movement among Moro people from the Nuba Mountains living in Khartoum, and the gendered moral discourses that are at work within it. Her Master’s (2011) research was a study of text-messaging practices among young people in Khartoum, looking at the social and cultural translation of social media and communicative patterns. She has researched crowdsourcing projects and social media mobilizations following the surge of digital activism in Sudan since 2011. Her current research projects include Sudan’s first satellite and the Square Kilometer Array, an Africa-wide radio telescope observatory. She is a member of the Law, Organisation, Science and Technology (LOST) group at Martin Luther University and an Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. For contact information and an updated list of publications, see her Siegen or LOST profiles.

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