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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Dr. Herbert Hambati

Senior Researcher

Dr. Herbert Hambati is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Geography 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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Dean. Peter Kragelund

Senior Researcher

Dean. Peter Kragelund is the Dean of Social Sciences and the Head of the Department of Social Sciences and Business 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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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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Dr. Simon Turner

Senior Researcher

Dr. Simon Turner is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies in the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen. 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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Dean. Hamudi Majamba

South Team Leader

Dean. Hamudi Majamba is an Associate Professor of Law and the 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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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. Asubisye Mwamfupe

Senior Researcher

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

Please visit his research profile for more information. He can also be found on twitter @asumwamfupe.

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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. 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

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Prof. Lisa Ann Richey

Principal Investigator

Prof. Lisa Ann Richey is the 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). Her upcoming co-authored book 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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Dr. Opportuna Kweka

South Coordinator &

South Team Leader

Dr. Opportuna Kweka is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography and Demography at the University of Dar es Salaam.

Holding an interdisciplinary background and research skills, Kweka’s areas of expertise lie in the intersections of governance, natural resources, climate change and livelihoods. She is a world-leading academic on refugees with her current research focusing on migration and displacement  in East Africa, working with Burundian refugees in Tanzania. She teaches economic and population geography, migration and environmental studies at the University of Dar es Salaam. 

Please visit her research profile for more information about her work or follow her on twitter @KwekaOpportuna.

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Dr. Daudi Mukangara

South Team Leader

Dr. 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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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.


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 on how the religion's ties influence the humanitarian practices by the rich philanthropists and ordinary citizens and how these everyday humanitarian practices are facilitates by government.

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

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Pernille Bærendtsen


Pernille Bærendtsen is a PhD fellow at Copenhagen Business School. Her work explores humanitarianism in the global North-South relationship through ethnographic fieldwork, examining how help and communication is practiced among the Tanzanian-Danish diaspora, and how it relates to the formal humanitarian system and humanitarian communication. Previously she has worked as a journalist and development worker and has actively engaged with communication and culture, as well as the Danish development sector and civil society. She has 15 years of experience from post-conflict and developing countries such as Serbia, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania.

To follow Pernille's work you can visit her website or find her on twitter @Dunia_Duara.

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Esther Mlingwa


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.

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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.


Janette Kotivirta

Student Assistant

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