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Our international team consists of researchers from diverse disciplines, with political scientists, political economists, anthropologists, geographers and legal scholars. The interdisciplinary team combines experienced leaders who are experts in their fields with younger scholars and PhD students for most effectively integrating capacity building, research results and societal impact. 

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Prof. Lisa Ann Richey

Principal Investigator

Prof. Lisa Ann Richey is Professor of Globalization at the Department of Management, Society and Communications at Copenhagen Business School. In her interdisciplinary research she combines her background in political science with anthropology, geography and media studies to explore the international politics of humanitarianism. Her main focus lies in the business of aid and changing North-South relations, especially the branding and role of celebrities in humanitarian aid. Her geographical expertise focuses on Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is the co-author of BrandAid: Shopping Well to Save the World (2011) and the editor of Celebrity Humanitarianism and North–South Relations: Politics, Place, and Power (2015) and a co-authored book with Alexandra C.Budabin, Batman Saves the Congo: How Celebrities Disrupt the Politics of Development (2021), builds on her previous work offering insights into the neoliberal realities of development.

For more information about her work please visit her website or twitter @BrandAid_World

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Prof. Herbert Hambati

South Coordinator

Dr. Herbert Hambati is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography and coordinator of the Population Studies and Research Center at University of Dar es Salaam. Hambati is a geographer with a strong background in environmental management and land use. His research specializes in urban and rural planning and management, the resource-development nexus, disaster Management and ecological knowledge systems.  He does his research both quantitatively and qualitatively.

More recently his work has focused on urbanization in developing countries and disaster management in Tanzania. In addition to working in Tanzania, he has academic experience from the US and UK.

To find out more about Herbert's work please see his full academic profile

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Prof. Daudi Mukangara

South Team Leader

Prof. Daudi Mukangara is the Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Dar er Salaam. Dr. Mukangara’s research lies within political science, law and conflict resolution. His major research interests include peace-building, governance, human-rights and democracy in South and East Africa. He is an experienced leader who has been the Coordinator and Principal Researcher on research projects for 20 years including Research & Education for Democracy in Tanzania (REDET).

To find out more about his research please visit his research profile

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Peter Kragelund

Senior Researcher

Peter Kragelund is Director at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). Previously, he served as the Dean of Social Sciences at Roskilde University. Kragelund works within international political economy, with a special focus on  South-South cooperation, Sino-African relations, private-sector development and the links of  development and resource extraction. Kragelund’s books include South-South Development (Routledge, 2019) and the recently released Africa’s Shadow Rise: China and the Mirage of African Development (ZED books, 2020). He has extensive experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, more specifically in Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania.

More information about Peter's work can be found at his academic profile or through his twitter @KragelundP.

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Prof. Hamudi Majamba

South Team Leader

Hamudi Majamba is an Associate Professor of Law and the former Dean of the School of Law at the University of Dar es Salaam. Trained in law in the United States and Tanzania, Majamba has significantly contributed to the legal profession in Tanzania. Much of his work specializes in environmental and minority law and he has leading publications in legal drafting, research, and constitutional law. His research focuses on legislative processes and the legislation of natural resources in relation to conservation and resource extraction in Tanzania and East Africa more broadly.

To find out more about his work please visit his full academic profile

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Dr. Line Engbo Gissel

Senior Researcher

Dr. Line Engbo Gissel is an Associate Professor at the Department of Social Sciences and Business at Roskilde University. Her research interest lies in the legalisation and judicialization of politics and the politics of international law, with a focus on transnational justice, international courts and justice institutions, and their relations with African governments. Geographically she has experience working in Denmark, London, Uganda and Kenya.  

Gissel’s recent book Africa and the Backlash Against International Courts (London: ZED Books, 2020), co-authored with Peter Brett, provides a critical explanation of the drivers behind African states’ collective mobilisation against international courts.

Please visit Line's full academic profile for more information on her work. 

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Prof. Simon Turner

Senior Researcher

Prof. Simon Turner is the Professor of Social Anthropology at Lund University. Turner’s interdisciplinary research topics include conflict and forced displacement, focusing on refugees, diaspora, ethnicity and humanitarianism. More recently his work has been on the invisibility of African migrants and displacement as well as on refugee camps as spaces of confinement. In addition, he is currently researching transnational families and reproduction as well as focusing on hope and shifting emotions within the Burundian diaspora. Turner’s geographical expertise also lies in Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya.

Please visit Simon's full academic profile for find out more about his research or find him on twitter @SimonTurner1967.

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Dr. Consolata Raphael Sulley

Senior Researcher

Dr. Consolata Raphael Sulley is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Dar es Salaam. Her research focuses on democracy, electoral politics and the role of gender in Middle Eastern and African politics, with a special focus on Tanzania. She is an experienced researcher, and has led and taken part in several consulting and capacity-building projects for organizations such as Research and Education for Democracy in Tanzania (REDET), UNDP and UN Women to name a few. 

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Prof. Claire Mercer

Senior Researcher

Prof. Claire Mercer is the Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics.  Mercer’s work takes place in the intersections of human geography, African studies and development studies, with specific expertise lying in studying diaspora, civil society, belonging and spatiality mainly in Tanzania.  Such themes are prominent in her book Development and the African diaspora: place and the

politics of home (ZED Books: 2008) that studied the connections of the African continent and its diaspora through transnational home associations in Cameroon and Tanzania. Currently her research is focusing on middle classes, domestic architecture and suburban space in Dar es Salaam.

Find more information about Claire's work on her academic profile or find her on twitter @clairecmercer

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Dr. Innocent Pantaleo

Senior Researcher

Dr. Innocent Pantaleo is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Dar es Salaam. He is also a Deputy Coordinator of the Centre for Behavioural Studies (CBD). An economist by training, his expertise lies in development economics and behavioural economics with main focus on economic analysis and econometrics, public sector economics, poverty analysis and health economics. More recently his research has focused on the role of finance, poverty and vulnerability and health inequalities in Tanzania. Within EHTZ he will be working as the survey expert, through his specialisation in quantitative analyses.

Please visit his research profile for more information.

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Prof. Mogens Kamp Justesen

Senior Researcher

Prof. Mogens Kamp Justesen is a Professor (MSO) at the Department of International Economics, Government and Business at Copenhagen Business School and the Director of CBS’ Inequality Platform with Birthe Larsen. With a background as a political scientist, his main interests lie in comparative politics and political economy. Justesen’s research focuses on political and economic development, inequality, institutions, clientelism and democratic governance mainly in South Africa and other African nations.

You can follow his work on his website or find him on twitter @mkjustesen


Dr. Ruth John

Coauthoring Collaborator

Dr. Ruth John is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Tourism, and Hospitality Services at the Open University of Tanzania. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on Conservation Partnerships in Tanzania's Wildlife Management Areas: Implications for Wildlife Utilisation and Livelihood Sustainability in Rufiji District. She has participated in New Partnership for Sustainability (NEPSUS) research projects and investigated wildlife utilisation, sustainability of livelihood, and conflicts/challenges of living near protected areas in Ngarambe -Tapika and JUHIWANGUMWA Wildlife Management Areas. Ruth and her colleagues have published working papers and blogs regarding conservation partnerships in Wildlife Management Areas near Selous Game Reserve ( 


She holds a Master's degree in Geography and Environmental Management, where she did her research in the IKONA Wildlife Management Area near Serengeti National Park. She also did a Bachelor of Arts with Education in Geography and Linguistics from the University of Dar es Salaam. As a human geographer, her research interests are in a human-environmental relationship, human-wildlife co-existence, sustainability of natural resource management, politics related to natural resources management, rural communities' development, food security, livelihood change, and the social impact of protected areas.

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Dr. Yvette Ruzibiza


Yvette Ruzibiza is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Copenhagen Business School and a visiting scholar in the department of Medical Anthropology at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam (UvA), where she obtained her PhD degree. Her PhD focused on understanding how young refugees navigate sexuality and relationships in the Mahama refugee camp, in Rwanda, and the Nakivale refugee settlement, in Uganda. She will continue her work with Burundian and Congolese refugees within EHTZ. She is an ethnographer interested in people’s interaction with the contexts they live in, from both a community and individual point of view. To understand behaviour in contexts, she applies both gendered and anthropological theories around individual decision-making. Yvette also holds extensive experience within the development sector, with practical experience in building bridges between national authorities, the private sector, and civil society. Her past work within the civil society sector in East Africa focused on various youth and women empowerment-related themes including sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, youth economic empowerment, youth financial inclusion, migration, gender-based violence, etc. She closely follows East Africa's political developments, regional conflict dynamics, and international relations.


Lucas Kitula


Lucas Kitula is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam. Kitula holds an MA in Ethics of Governance and Public Service and a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Dar es Salaam. The central areas of his research are gender issues, human rights, governance as well as ethics of public service, leadership and management. Within the EHTZ his focus is to understand whether religious ties influence everyday humanitarianism by ordinary citizens/individuals and wealthy philanthropists.

Kitula has also experience in different co-consultancy and analyst positions engaging with different  communities in Tanzania.

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Rosemary Msoka


Rosemary Msoka is an Environmental Officer at the Tanzania National Land Use Planning Commission. She holds a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam and a MSc in Geographical Information Systems. Previously Msoka has featured in several research projects on sustainability, climate change resilience, geospatial technologies, coastal resource management and refugee livelihoods. Her current research interests within EHTZ include forced migration, humanitarianism and space.

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Esther Mlingwa is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam and an Advocate of the Hight Court of Tanzania. She has actively worked with human rights and international law, geographically focusing on Tanzania and East Africa. More recently she has been also active in research on the Judicial and Prosecutorial Sectors' role in wildlife and forest crimes in Tanzania. Her legal training has been gained at the University of Dar es Salaam and the University of the Western Cape. Esther’s current research interests within EHTZ include law, policy and institutional frameworks in the context of humanitarianism.

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Veronica Nicholaus

Project Administrative Assistant

Veronica Nicholaus is the project administrative assistant for the EHTZ research project at the University of Dar es Salaam. She has previous experience as Project Administrative Assistant as part of the NEPSUS project, and has also worked as a researcher for UNESCO and diverse financial institutions. She holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Dar es Salaam.


Melkisedek Kaijage

Research Assistant

Melkisedek Kaijage is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration - University of Dodoma, Central Tanzania. He also works as a Research Assistant of Everyday Humanitarianism in Tanzania. His research interests are party and gender politics, democracy and elections, the politics of climate change and humanitarianism in the Global South.



Research Assistant

Alexander Maxelon is a research assistant for the EHTZ research project at Copenhagen Business School. Possessing a BSc in International Business Administration from WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, he is currently dedicated to pursuing an MSc in Business and Development Studies at Copenhagen Business School. His current research interests include diversity management, female entrepreneurship, and humanitarianism in the Global South.




Research Assistant 

Janette Kotivirta served as a research assistant for the EHTZ research project at Copenhagen Business School. She holds a BSc in International Business and Politics from Copenhagen Business School, and a MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Copenhagen.

In Memory

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Dr. Asubisye Mwamfupe (1977-2021)

Asubisye was a Lecturer at the Department of Geography at the University of Dar es Salaam. He's expertise was in climate risk management, rural livelihoods and natural resources governance and was a survey expert working on local communities’ responses to crisis specializing in quantitative analyses. He focused his research has on issues of governance and the role of partnerships in sustainability in Tanzania. 

Asubisye remains in our hearts and memories. May he rest in peace.

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