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African Agency in International Politics - Seminar Series

Series Co-ordinators

The main organisers for the seminar series are Sophie Harman and William Brown in collaboration with Danielle Beswick, Thomas Cargill, Anne Hammerstad and Scarlet Cornelissen.

Dr Sophie Harman

Sophie Harman

Dr Sophie Harman is Senior Lecturer in International Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London. She specialises in the politics of global health, HIV/AIDS, the World Bank and East Africa.


Dr William Brown

William Brown

Dr William Brown is Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Politics and International Studies at the Open University. His research is in International Relations, in particular on relations between western donors and African states and is convenor of the BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group.


Dr Danielle Beswick

Danielle Beswick

Dr Danielle Beswick is Lecturer in International Development, Conflict and Security at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on Rwandan foreign and security policy, the management of political space in post-genocide society, and the role of small African states in peace and security initiatives.


Tom Cargill

Tom Cargill

Tom Cargill was Assistant Head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House, and worked at Chatham House between 2004 and 2013. He specialised in political foreign policy issues related to Africa.


Prof Scarlet Cornelissen

Scarlet Cornelissen

Prof Scarlet Cornelissen is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch. Her research interests are in the new territorialities of development and governance in Africa, foreign policy analysis and Japan-Africa relations.


Dr Anne Hammerstad

Anne Hammerstad

Dr Anne Hammerstad is a lecturer in International Relations, an ESRC Global Uncertainties Fellow, and a Research Associate of the South African Institute of International Affairs. Her research interests include understanding the relationship between displacement, conflict and insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa.


BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group