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 mentoring 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 recruit excellent post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students from Africa into Cambridge for training, we have built (and are continuously expanding) a database of current and potential Cambridge collaborators/mentors and their expertise. The >180 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 need to be directed to one of the Cambridge-Africa Programme staff  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.


Dr 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.

Prof Stephen Elliott (Label-Free Medical Diagnostics) More Info

Position & Affiliation:
Professor of Chemical Physics, Dept of Chemistry

Research Interests:

Label-free medical diagnostics (eg HIV, TB) using MEMS (microcantilever) biosensors.

Possible project topics: Field trials of portable medical-diagnostic devices.

(1) Kelling S et al. (2009) Simultaneous readout of multiple microcantilever arrays with phase-shifting interferometric microscopy (PSIM) Rev. Sci. Instr. 80, Issue 9, 093101- 093101-8.

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