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Albert Mkony

Albert Mkony
Mr Albert Mkony
Tutor, Researcher and Language Assistant - African Studies and International Politics
Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD

Governance and Leadership in Africa,  African politics,  African security, International Cooperation, International Development, African Union, Preventive Diplomacy in Africa,  Africa Intelligence, Social Media in Africa, Regional Cooperation & Integration,  Tanzania, East Africa, Swahili.


I work as a tutor on wide ranging undergraduate courses including “Africa in the Contemporary World”, “International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism” and “International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond”. 

I also worked on a number of research roles including as a security analyst for the ESRC-DFID-funded Social Media and Security in Africa (SMS: Africa) and as a research assistant for “Q-Step Africa” SPHEIR (Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform) bid project. In the former role, I provided a timely understanding of the role social media plays in documenting and driving (in)security in Tanzania. In the latter, I scoped out in greater details the needs, capacity and constraints of teaching Quantitative Methods at Universities in sub-Saharan Africa.

At Edinburgh, I have been teaching Swahili since 2015- both undergraduate and postgraduate students. I also work with governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that require the use of Swahili both orally and in the written form. Within NGOs, my work typically involves translation of project proposal requests, campaign and advocacy materials and training project officers and volunteers to grasp basic Swahili prior to their travels in East Africa. I have provided Swahili voiceovers for local and national charities and have worked as an interpreter for local councils.

Beyond academia, I serve on the Editorial Advisory Committee for Tanzanian Affairs; an influential news and current affairs magazine issued three times a year by the Britain Tanzania Society. I also write for Africa is a Country blog and VijanaFM blog- the leading intellectual voices platforms in the African online media sphere. I write on issues of governance, democracy, globalization, international cooperation, culture and development.

Prior to Edinburgh, I studied in Tanzania, England and Wales and worked with a number of institutions in those countries including as a research trainee and case worker at the House of Commons in London. 


University of Edinburgh

- Africa in the Contemporary World (UG Course)          

- International Development, Aids and Humanitarianism (UG Course)

 - International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond World (UG Course)

- Swahili (UG & PG Course)

University of Glasgow

 – Swahili (PG Course)


  • “Challenges of ethnic pluralism in creating and managing harmony in an ethnically plural states.” Presented at the “Decolonising History in Africa and Africa in History: towards a more collaborative interdisciplinary approach” Conference, University of Edinburgh, March 2017.
  • On becoming African”.  Exhibited at “Afropolitan- an exploration of what Africa means to Africans at home and abroad”, Exhibition, University of Edinburgh, March 2017.
  • “Social Media and Arusha Declaration in Contemporary Politics.” Chaired and presented at the “THE ARUSHA DECLARATION@50” Conference, University of Edinburgh, February 2017.


  • “#WhatWouldNyerereDo?”  Africa is a Country Blog, produced by young Africans and diaspora writers, scholars and artists, one of the leading intellectual voices in the African online media sphere. Published October 2016.
  • “Magufuli & Social Media- Is Jamii Forums Africa’s WikiLeaks?” Vijana FM,  Published December 2016.
  • “Three Key Questions for Decolonizing the Academy.”  Reflection on the “Decolonizing the Academy” Conference, University of Edinburgh, May 2016
  • “Foreign Aid, Zanzibar and Self-reliance debate in Tanzania” Vijana FM,  Published April 2016.