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Pete Kingsley

Pete Kingsley
Dr Pete Kingsley
Research and Teaching Fellow
4.13 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Participation, Africa, Global Health Policy, Health and Development, Sociology of health and illness, Anthropology of Love, Nigeria, South Sudan

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Teaching Fellow, Centre of African Studies
Research Fellow, Investigating Networks of Zoonosis Innovation (INZI)


I am geographer and medical sociologist with long-standing interests in health, development and politics in Africa. I took a BA (Hons) in African Studies with Development at the University of Birmingham from 2003 to 2006, either side of which I worked in Tanzania and Nigeria.

Having previously worked primarily in sexual health and HIV prevention, I developed an interest in HIV treatment, particularly in Northern Nigeria. I pursued this with an MSc by Research in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and then with my doctorate in the Human Geography, entitled "Life Extended: The Intimate Politics of the Antiretroviral Era in Northern Nigeria".

Current Project:

As part of the Investigating Networks of Zoonosis Innovation project, I am researching trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) control.  I have carried out fieldwork in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, South Sudan, and Zambia in order to study (amongst other things) how different control methods have been developed, and are being deployed. I also have an interest in drug safety and the problem of fake, counterfeit, and substandard medicines. I am currently working with GALVmed, the Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research, and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control to investigate this issue in Nigeria and beyond.

I am also involved in planning our hosting of the European Conference on African Studies in June 2019.


Badejo, A. F., Majekodunmi, A. O., Kingsley, P., Smith, J., & Welburn, S. C. (2017). 'The impact of self-help groups on pastoral women’s empowerment and agency: A study in Nigeria'. Pastoralism, 7(1), 28.

Kingsley, Pete and Emma Michelle Taylor. (2016). 'One Health: competing perspectives in an emerging field'. Parasitology. doi:10.1017/S0031182015001845. 

Kingsley, Pete. (2015). 'Inscrutable medicines and marginal markets: tackling substandard veterinary drugs in Nigeria'. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice 5:2 DOI 10.1186/s13570-014-0021-6

Smith, James,  Emma Michelle Taylor, and Pete Kingsley. (2015). 'One World-One Health and neglected zoonotic disease: Elimination, emergence and emergency in Uganda.' Social Science & Medicine, 129: 12-19 doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.044

Kingsley, Pete. (2014). 'NGOs, Doctors, and the Patrimonial State – Tactics for Political Engagement in Nigeria.' Critical African Studies 6(1): 6-21. doi:10.1080/21681392.2013.852029

Other writing:

'What sleeping sickness in Uganda can teach us about fighting Ebola' - a comment article for The Conversation

'Dora Akunyili - the Nigerian public servant who took on the fake drugs trade' - a comment article for The Conversation.

 South Sudan crisis threatens to derail tropical disease efforts’ - a comment article written with James Smith for The Conversation. 

'Nigeria - Country profile.'  Political Insight 4: 24–27. doi: 10.1111/2041-9066.12008 

'Five things I've learnt about writing retreats' - A guest blog for EdJoWriWe.

Teaching and Supervision:

I am the director of two courses: Key Skills in Development Practice, an MSc level module that runs in the Spring semester, and 'IDEAS: International Development: Exchanges and Advanced Skills', a course for doctoral students that runs in both semesters.

 I currently supervise two doctoral students: Damola Badejo and Shona Jane Lee.