Researchers' Database

Researchers from across the University of Cambridge and its affiliated institutes are engaging with the initiatives of the Cambridge-Africa Programme by carrying out collaborative research with African colleagues, and/or supporting African fellows.

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Dr Annettee Nakimuli, Makerere University and MUII PhD Fellow, and her Cambridge co-supervisor Professor Ashley Moffett, Department of Pathology.




In order to encourage new collaborations with African researchers and to support African PhD students and post-doctoral fellows, we have built (and are continuously expanding) a database of current and potential Cambridge collaborators and their expertise. The Cambridge researchers listed are either already engaging with, or have indicated their interest in being matched to Africans who have similar research interests. Cambridge researchers who would like to get involved do not need to have a pre-prepared project available, or existing African links, in order to be included in the database. If you would like your details to be included, please complete the (short and painless) registration form.

Note to African researchers searching for a Cambridge collaborator: Please be aware that any enquiries about potential collaboration with a Cambridge researcher should to be directed to one of the Cambridge-Africa team or in the first instance. They will then put you in touch with the Cambridge researcher if there is an appropriate match in the research interests. Thanks for your cooperation.


Prof Stephen Eglen (Computational Approaches For Studying Nervous System Development) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Senior Lecturer, Cambridge Computational Biology Initiative and Dept of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics

Research Interests:

Studying the development of the nervous system using computational approaches. Particular interest in development of neuronal architecture and connections.

(1) Eglen SJ and Gjorgjieva J (2009). Self organisation in the developing nervous system: theoretical models. HFSP Journal 3: 176-185.

(2) Eglen SJ et al. (2008). Analysis of spatial relationships in three dimensions: tools for the study of nerve cell patterning. BMC Neuroscience 9: 68.

(3) Eglen SJ et al. (2003) Mapping by waves: patterned spontaneous activity regulates retinotopic map refinement. Neuron 40: 1053-1055.

Prof Manuel Eisner (Comparative & Developmental Criminology) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Comparative and Developmental Criminology; Deputy Director of Institute of Criminology

Research Interests:

History of violence, cross-cultural violence research, violence prevention, causes of violence, bullying, homicide, policing.

Dr Michelle Ellefson (Looking at the development of higher order thinking skills (ages 4 to adults)) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Reader in Cognitive Science, Faculty of Education

Research Interests:

My own research expertise is in cognitive science (experimental psychology). I conduct research on the development of higher order thinking skills from ages 4 to adults. My main research is in two areas of thinking skills: executive functions and reasoning. Executive functions are the skills that help us achieve goals. They include things like planning, ignoring distractions, focusing attention, holding things in mind while we solve a problem, and flexible thinking. There is a lot of data from North America and Europe that suggests that the protracted nature of the development of the brain areas largely responsible for these skills means that environmental influences play a big role in the abilities that children develop. For example, some parenting and school-based practices have positive influences on these skills and chronic malnutrition or stress have negative influences. However, a vast majority of the work is in countries from the Global North and we just don't know whether or how these findings extend to countries of the Global South. Although I have been doing a good amount of international research, it has mostly been in countries of the Global North and I have limited contacts with countries of the Global South. As such - I'm joining this network as a way of creating those connections in the hope that research synergies might emerge.

Preprint (accepted manuscript):

Dr Harri Englund (Poverty and Human Rights) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Reader in Social Anthropology / Director, Centre of African Studies

Research Interests:

Poverty as a moral issue; African-language media; human rights.

Existing African or developing country associations: collaboration with researchers and broadcasters in Malawi and Zambia.

(1) Human Rights and African Airwaves: Mediating Equality on the Chichewa Radio. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011.

(2) Prisoners of Freedom: Human Rights and the African Poor. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006.

(3) From War to Peace on the Mozambique-Malawi Borderland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press for the International African Institute, 2002.

Dr Edith Esch (Language Education) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Retired from Senior Research Fellow in Second Language Education, Emeritus Fellow, Lucy Cavendish College

Research Interests:

Language Education and development issues,  issues of empowerment and autonomy. Sociolinguistics and variation etc.

Special interest in Cameroun, Also Senegal, Gabon
Interest in francophone countries
Also did work in Khazkstan and Pakistan

Esch, E. (2010) ‘Epistemic Injustice and the Power to Define: Interviewing Cameroonian Primary School Teachers about Language Education’ in: Christopher Candlin and Jonathan Chrichton (eds.) Discourses of Deficit , pp.235-255. Palgrave, Macmillan.

Esch, E. (2012) ‘English and French Pedagogical Cultures: Convergence and Divergence in Cameroonian Primary school teachers’ discourse’. Comparative Education , Vol..48. No 3 , 303-321.

Edith Esch and Martin Solly , eds. (2012) The sociolinguistics of Language Education in International contexts, Berne, P.Lang

Dr Bronwen Everill (African Economic History; Africa in the Age of Revolutions) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Director of the Centre of African Studies

Research Interests:

I am interested in economic culture in Africa and the Atlantic World, and the ways that liberalism has been shaped by encounters with Africa since the eighteenth century.