Professor David Anderson
Professor of African Politics, University of Oxford; Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford
Specialises in the history and politics of eastern Africa. His most recent book, The Khat Controversy, examines the global expansion of eastern Africa’s khat economy, featuring new research on the production, distribution chains, and consumption of this unusual commodity.
Former Associate Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Finance, Brunel University
Specialises in South and Southern African economic and business issues. Formerly Associate Research Fellow (Southern Africa), Chatham House, and Associate Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Finance, Brunel University. Editor of South Africa in Crisis (Methuen/RIIA, 1987). Author of Economic Interdependence in Southern Africa (Pinter Publishers, 1992), and journal articles on South Africa.
Dr Daniel Branch
Daniel Branch is a historian and political analyst of Kenya. He is the author and editor of three books on Kenya, including Kenya: Between Hope and Despair, 1963-2012 (Yale University Press, 2012). He is a regular commentator in the press on matters relating to Kenyan politics, written occasional pieces for The Nation and The Standard newspapers in Kenya and for the online editions of Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs.
Dr Nicholas Cheeseman
Hugh Price Fellow in African Studies, Jesus College, Oxford University
Specialises in comparative politics with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and processes of democratization. Interests include African history and politics, particularly in Kenya and Zambia, and the role of political parties in new democracies. Held the Sir Christopher Cox Junior Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford University, from October 2006 to August 2007. Publications have focused on state design and patronage politics in Kenya, the impact of electoral politics in Africa, and the use of opinion polls in the study of African political science.
Dr Ricardo Soares de Oliveira
University Lecturer in Comparative Politics (African Politics), St Peter's College, Oxford University
Interests include African politics (particularly West and Central Africa), comparative politics and international political economy, especially in the fields of natural resource extraction, organised crime, state decay and post-conflict reconstruction. Fellow of the Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin. Formerly Austin Robinson Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and an Associate of the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge. Visiting scholar at the Centre d'etudes et recherches internationales (Sciences-Po) in Paris, 2006-07. Joseph C Fox Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. Worked in the field of governance and the energy sector for the World Bank, the European Commission, Catholic Relief Services, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the French Ministry of Defence.
Professor John Toye
Former Visiting Professor of Economics, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University
Interests include public finance, the political economy of development, international economic institutions and the history of economic thought. Directed research in development studies at the universities of Wales, Sussex and Oxford. Served as a Director of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and consulted with the National Audit Office, the Department for International Development, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and many other agencies.