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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Mariama Khan

Mariama Khan
Mariama Khan
African Studies School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
International development, Institutions and institutional change, International Relations, ethnography, identity politics, Political Theology & Religio-Politics, Policy, Regionalism, popular culture, Social change, conflict resolution, African borderlands, Transport, Trade, Religion And Ritual

PhD Title

Bloodlines, Borderlines, Conflict and The Gambia-Senegal Relations: transport, trade and religious networks

Research Interview

Before starting my PhD in African Studies, I have worked in various capacities- including senior management and policy levels - with the public sector of The Gambia. I voluntarily resigned from the public sector in 2010, to pursue further studies and to engage in social entrepreneurship through the "Documentary Film Initiative-Gambia"- a non-profit documentary film-making outfit I founded in 2008. My previous work experience also includes working with civil society organisations and in the creative arts. My PhD project derives from my previous work and research experience in West Africa. For an educational background, I have a MA in Sustainable International Development- from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, MA, USA. I have a second MA in Management of Development- from the University of Turino /ITCILO, Italy. And my undergraduate degree is a BA in International Development Studies - from Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada. Latest Publication: Khan, Mariama (2014) Indigenous languages and Africa's development dilemma, Development in Practice, 24:5-6, 764-776.